Spend a Year with Us

Spending an extended period of time with Renee Hobbs, Julie Coiro and colleagues of the Media Education Lab can be transformative. Learn what we do and how we do it, and become part of the process as you master the theory and practice of digital and media literacy education.  



Are you passionate about media literacy? Take your "gap year" by being a Research Assistant at the Media Education Lab. Led by Professor Renee Hobbs, the Media Education Lab at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island is the premier research lab for digital and media literacy education in the United States. 

We seek enthusiastic, talented people who are interested in learning more about media literacy and able to contribute time and talent to advance our mission: we improve media literacy education through scholarship and community service. 

At the Media Education Lab, you can be involved in reviewing and editing manuscripts, working with teachers and students in K-12 schools, observing, interviewing and collecting data; analyzing data and writing reports, updating our websites, and helping with events. We customize work based on YOUR interests. We work hard and play hard. Current projects include:

  • Building a community of learners around digital and media literacy via F2F and online events
  • Data analysis of the impact of a national news literacy program
  • Documenting media literacy as a literacy practice in grades K - 4
  • Researching the impact of professional development programs on teachers' attitudes, knowledge and behavior  

This is a volunteer position. You can choose to work up to 30 hours or as little as 10 hours a week. Stipends to support your travel and participation in national conferences are available. Publication opportunities are available. Paid work opportunities may also be available. Send email letter of interest and resume to Jonathan Friesem, yonty@my.uri.edu. Deadline: July 15, 2015 


We are lucky to have had a variety of talented researchers spend time with us at the Media Education Lab. Visiting Scholars have time to work on their own research projects and may also contribute to collaborative research that leads to publication. Many Visiting Scholars participate in some of our many education and community outreach activities. Contact Yonty Friesem to learn more about how you can join the Media Education Lab as a Visiting Scholar.