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Organizations

If you are interested in getting involved in media literacy education at an international, national, or local level, PLAY recommends you check out the following organizations and the good work they do (in alphabetical order):

Center for Media and Information Literacy | a hub for research, outreach, education, and professional development on issues involving media literacy and information literacy. The CMIL is dedicated to improving the quality of media and information literacy practice locally, nationally, and internationally.

Common Sense Media | an organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

Media Education Lab | its mission is to improve digital and media literacy education through scholarship and community service. MEL provides public programs, educational services, community outreach, and multimedia curriculum resources targeted to the needs of educators and learners in school and after-school settings.

Media Literacy Now | a grassroots advocacy group of parents and concerned individuals that provides policy and advocacy information, expertise, and resources to spark policy change in every state and at the national level to ensure all K-12 students receive comprehensive media literacy education and skills.

Media Smarts | a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy. Our vision is that children and youth have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens.

National Association for Media Literacy Education | a national membership organization dedicated to media literacy as a basic life skill for the 21st century. Their vision is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression that they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in today’s world. 

The News Literacy Project | an innovative national educational program that mobilizes seasoned journalists to work with educators to teach students how to sort fact from fiction.

Project Look Sharp | provides lesson plans, materials, training and support to help teachers integrate media literacy into their classroom curricula.

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations | the UNAOC recognizes that the constant exposure of populations to media presents an educational challenge, which has increased in the electronic and digital age. To this end, the UNAOC has developed a wide range of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) initiatives, including the MIL Clearinghouse, MIL Curriculum for Teachers, and the Plural+ Youth Video Festival.

last updated Feb 4, 2016