The 12th Northeast Media Literacy Conference

The Past, Present and Future of Media Literacy Education
February 4, 2017

The Media Education Lab is proud to co-host the Northeast Media Literacy Conference on Saturday, February 4 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017 
Time: 8AM-6PM
Location: Central Connecticut State University Student Center, 105 Ella Grasso Blvd, New Britain, CT 06053
Fee: Free for students. $50 for anybody else 
Registration: Online Registration


The conference is well known for its support of media literacy educators in the region. Dr. Thomas Goodkind, Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut founded the conference in 2003 supported by the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. The conference served as a vital source of community, advocacy, pedagogy, and innovation in the field of media literacy. It seems both a necessary and fitting time for us to come together and explore the roots of our field and chart its future. Our aim in reviving the conference is to provide a forum for the practical, pedagogical, critical, and theoretical exploration of a guiding question: What does it mean to be media literate?


Call for presentations. Join us for a rich exchange between participants who have much to teach one another and much to learn from one another. Please consider submitting a proposal out of these options:

  • Interactive Poster Session
  • Research Paper
  • Teaching Workshop
  • Students’ Showcase

Interactive Poster Session. Students are encouraged to send a proposal of their practice or research in progress to be showcased as a poster presentation. The session will provide visibility and opportunity for the students to interact with experts in the field and receive feedback on their work and trajectory.

Research Paper. Works in progress, reports, or completed manuscripts that use qualitative or quantitative approaches to address theory and practice of media literacy. A 15-minute presentation with other scholars and a respondent will encourage an academic dialogue about issues of vital importance to the field. 

Teaching Workshop. Demonstrations of your practices of teaching media literacy in a variety of contexts: K-12, higher education, library, museum, after-school, religious education, public health, and social service programming. The workshop can be in a 30-minute or 60-minute format.  
Students’ Showcase. Celebrating the practice of media literacy with K-12 or undergraduate students as they demonstrate their learning. Bring an example of a work product created by a learner and explain the rationale for the assignment and the process used to create it, along with the approach to assessment that you used. We encourage you to bring along your students to hear about their experiences and learning outcomes.


Proposal Submission - Due Monday, January 9th 2017
Go to the following link to submit your proposal:

  1. Write your name, email, job title and affiliation and add the three following sections:  
  2. A 300 word rationale or abstract that describes the purpose of the session and the content of your presentation. The abstract will appear on the website and the program.
  3. A 200 word description of the way you are planning to engage the audience in your presentation.
  4. A list of three to five bullet points of outcomes for the participants in your presentation.


Each attendee will receive a certificate of 10 hours professional development from the Office of Continuing Education at Central Connecticut State University. For more information, please contact Associate Director of the Media Education Lab, Dr. Yonty Friesem at