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The Release of The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education

More than 90 people attended the release of the Code of Best Practices for Media Literacy Education on Tuesday, November 11 at the National Constitution Center.  Another 120 educators from all across the nation were viewing and discussing the live streaming videocast of the event.

The code was developed by the National Association for Media Literacy Education, the Action Coalition for Media Education, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Visual Communication Studies Division of the International Communication Association, and endorsed by the Media Education Foundation. The code was facilitated by Peter Jaszi and Patricia Aufderheide of American University, and Renee Hobbs of Temple University.

Educators use copyrighted materials from mass media and popular culture in building students' critical thinking and communication skills. For example, a teacher might have a class analyze a website or a television ad to identify purpose, point of view, and source credibility. With the rise of digital media tools for learning and sharing, it is more important than ever for educators to understand copyright and fair use.

Learn more about the Release of the Code of Best Practices for Media Literacy Education here.

This project was funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, with additional funding from the Ford Foundation.