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Some of the publications of Renee Hobbs and members of the Media Education Lab team

New Works

Propaganda in an Age of Algorithmic Personalization: Expanding Literacy Research and Practice

Hobbs, R. 2020February. Reading Research Quarterly

This commentary considers the rise of algorithmic personalization and the power of propaganda as it is shifting our understanding of the landscape of 21st-century literacy research and practice.

Transgression as Creative Freedom and Creative Control in the Media Production Classroom

Renee Hobbs2019 International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education

Digital Literacy and Propaganda

Hobbs, R., Kanizaj, I. & Pereira, L. 2019 Medijske studije 10(19)

The Use of Social Media and Popular Culture to Advance Cross-Cultural Understanding

Tuzel, S. & Hobbs, R2017 Communicar

his paper offers a case study of a collaboration between teachers in the US and Turkey, where 7 th grade students interacted with each other via online social media as a means to promote cultural understanding.

Everyone Learns From Everyone: Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Professional Development in Digital Literacy

Renee Hobbs & Julie Coiro2016May. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy

Lessons in copyright activism: K-12 education and the DMCA 1201 exemption rulemaking process.

Renee Hobbs2016March. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education

YouTube Pranking Across Cultures

Renee Hobbs & Silke Grafe2015 First Monday

Teaching About Propaganda: An Examination of the Historical Roots of Media Literacy

Renee Hobbs & Sandra McGee 2014December. Journal of Media Literacy Education

Empowering learners with digital and media literacy.

Renee Hobbs2011March. Knowledge Quest

The past, present and future of media literacy education

Renee Hobbs & Amy Petersen Jensen2009 Journal of Media Literacy Education

The Seven Great Debates in the Media Literacy Movement

Hobbs, R.1998January. Journal of Communication

The Creativity of Imitation in Remake Videos

Renee Hobbs & Yonty Friesem2019 E-Learning and Digital Media

The production of remake videos may enhance media literacy competencies by offering a means for young media makers to develop creative skills through strategic imitation.

Digital Authorship: Issues and Implications for Educators

Renee Hobbs and Lourdes Smith2018 Primer: Massachusetts Reading Association

In this essay, the term digital authorship in examined in relation to literacy learning. We reflect on two critical issues that are sometimes overlooked features of digital literacy in relation to the pedagogical practices of digital authorship.

Teaching and Learning in a Post-Truth World

Renee Hobbs2017 Educational Leadership

When teens create the news: Examining the impact of PBS News Hour Student Reporting Labs

Renee Hobbs2016May. Journalism Education

Field-Based Teacher Education in Elementary Media Literacy as a Means to Promote Global Understanding

Renee Hobbs, Nuala Cabral, Aggie Ebrahimi, Jiwon Yoon & Rawia Al-Humaidan 2011June. Action in Teacher Education

Does Media Literacy Work? An Empirical Study of Learning How to Analyze Advertisements

Renee Hobbs2004January. Advertising and Society Review

Research shows how high school students strengthen literacy competencies by critically reading print ads 

A Review of School-based Initiatives in Media Literacy

Renee Hobbs2004 American Behavioral Scientist
When teachers use videos, films,Web sites, popular music, newspapers, andmagazines in the
K-12 classroom or when they involve students in creating media productions using video
cameras or computers, they may aim to motivate students’interest in the subject, build communication

The media production hive: Using media education for differentiated instruction.

Friesem, Y2017 Media Education- Studies, Research, Best Practice, 8(1), 123-140. doi:10.14605/MED811708

Experience, immersion and critical distance in VR/AR in education

Hobbs, R. 2016July. Ed Tech Mindset

Personal inquiry and online research: Connecting learners in ways that matter.

Coiro, J., Castek, J. & Quinn, D.2016April. The Reading Teacher 69

School librarians as stakeholders in the children and media community: A dialogue

Valenza, J. & Hobbs, R. 2016April. Journal of Children and Media 10:2, 147-155, DOI: 10.1080/17482798.2015.1127841

An online inquiry tool to support the exploration of controversial issues on the Internet

Kiili, C., Coiro, J. & Hämäläinen, J. 2016April. Journal of Literacy and Technology 17

The Curriculum Materials Library as a Hub of Resources, Literacy Practices, and Collaboration: Expanding the Role of the Library

Friesem, J., Greene, K. & Niedbala, M. 2016March. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

Pedagogical Media Competencies of Preservice Teachers in Germany and the United States: Comparative Analysis of Theory/Practice

Tiede, J., Grafe, S. & Hobbs, R.2015August. Peabody Journal of Education 90

Cineykyd: Exploring the Origins of Youth Production

Hobbs, R. and Moore, David Cooper2014December. Journal of Media Literacy Education

Seeing, Believing and Learning to be Skeptical: Supporting Language Learning Through Advertising Analysis Activities

Hobbs, R. He, H. & RobbGrieco, M.2014November. TESOL Journal
This study documents how a high school ESL teacher working with new immigrants ages 14–20 supported the development of their critical thinking and English language skills by using advertising analysis activities. The article examines the use of

Learning to engage: how positive attitudes about the news, media literacy, and video production contribute t

Hobbs, R., Donnelly, K., Friesem, J. & Moen, M.2013November. Educational Media International

Improvization and Strategic Risk Taking in Informal Learning with Digital Media Literacy

Hobbs, R.2013 Learning, Media and Technology 38

First Star URI RAM Academy

Friesem, J., Greene, K., Provorova, L., Tierney, T. & Hobbs, R.2012September. Kingston, RI: Media Education Lab.