As a learning community, the Media Education Lab has impacted the global field of media literacy by developing pioneering approaches to professional development, research, and community engagement. We have created a variety of educational resources, platforms, and learning environments. By working collaboratively with schools and universities, we have supported the development of thousands of educational leaders, researchers, activists, and community engaged media professionals across the country and around the world.
On the anniversary of our 20th year, Professor Yonty Friesem takes the helm as the new Executive Director of the Media Education Lab. Working collaboratively, Yonty will lead the Media Education Lab into the next phase of its important work.
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In 2023, visitors to the Media Education Lab website totaled 33,555 unique individuals from 184 countries around the world!
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Over more than 20 years, the Media Education Lab has helped to bring together practitioners and scholars to advance the practice of media literacy education locally and globally. Under the leadership of Renee Hobbs, the organization has reached hundreds of thousands of educators, students, and community leaders. We have trained educators in countries including Italy, Portugal, Brazil, China, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Romania, Georgia, Japan, and other nations.
Here is a sample of some highlights of our most impactful work so far:
1995. Know TV
1998. Assignment Media Literacy with Maryland State Department of Education and Discovery Communications Inc
2006. Powerful Voices for Kids
2012 to 2023. Summer Institute on Digital Literacy
2014 to present. Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy, University of Rhode Island
2024. MediaEd Institute
2022. Illinois Media Literacy Coalition - Framework
2006. My Pop Studio
2013. URI Ram Star Academy
2017. Media Production Hive
2022. Media for Social Imapct
2023. Courageous Conversations
Routledge Handbook on Media Education Futures Post-Pandemic
Teaching Truth Lies and Accuracy in the Digital Age