Civic Voices, Empowerment and Media Literacy in the Digital Era
Foreword: Developing Global Perspectives Through Media Literacy and Civic Engagement (Moses Shumow)
~ Foreword ~ DEVELOPING GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES THROUGH MEDIA LITERACY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT THE IMPETUS for the work found in Mediated Communities: Civic Voices, Empowerment, and Media Literacy in the Digital Age emerges out of a particularly unique academic setting. Every summer since 2007, an international group of students and educators has gathered at the Salzburg Global Seminar,1 housed in the historic Schloss Leopoldskron (known most famously as the setting for The Sound of Music), for the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change.2 Participants come from universities around the world—from China, Lebanon, and the United States, to Argentina, United Kingdom, and Uganda—and include academics, teachers, researchers, and professional communicators, along with a group of more than 70 students ranging from undergraduates to doctoral candidates. For three weeks, faculty and students work together to grapple with the implications of a set of core questions that guide all the work done at the Academy: • How do news media affect our understanding of our cultures, our politics, and ourselves? • How can we use media to better cover global problems and better report on possible solutions? • How can media literacy make students more engaged citizens? The answers that Academy participants have come up with have led to the development of media literacy curricula that have been downloaded and used in classrooms around the world; the production of multimedia storytelling that promotes civic engagement through the active consumption and creation of media content; and resulted in a global cohort of graduates all interested in...
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