How do viewers make sense of the different kinds of realism in the images we see in films and television?
Pam Steager is a Senior Researcher and Writer at the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island. Her prior thirty-year career in the education and human service fields included directing substance abuse and violence prevention programs in school systems, prisons and communities in RI and MA, which led to her interest in media literacy. After completing the Media Literacy Scholars program with Renee Hobbs in 1999, she directed the Media SmART! Project in the Providence Public Schools. She has trained more than 3000 educators, librarians and journalists throughout the country, and more recently internationally. Pam is also a media creator. She authored "That's What She Said", an opinion column for the Providence Phoenix for 15 years, has produced videos and community access television, and has performed as an actress, storyteller, and stand-up comedian. With co-authors Renee Hobbs and Liz Deslauriers, she is writing a book on film programs in school and public libraries, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2018.