Media Literacy Advocacy

The Media Education Lab advocates for programs that help to enable all 700 million American K-12 students with the opportunity to gain critical thinking and communication skills about mass media, popular culture and digital media. We inspire young adults to make important contributions to the ongoing development of the media literacy community.

Teaching Resources

Support reflection on why digital and media literacy matters for learning and teaching

Now it's easier than ever to engage students and support learning through creating videos, animations, infographics and more 

Explore the crowdsourced gallery of over 2,500 examples from around the world

Help students learn to ask questions about what they read, see, watch and listen to.

Books for young learners: It's never to early to be smart about media!

Understand how copyright and fair use supports digital learning

Guided inquiry & viewing of Adam Ruins the Internet helps learners judge the pros and cons of digital life and reflect on the role of media regulation.

Research and Scholarship

Tuzel, S. & Hobbs, R 2017 Communicar The Use of Social Media and Popular Culture to Advance Cross-Cultural Understanding Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.19.20.png

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.

Renee Hobbs 2017 International Handbook of Media Literacy Education Approaches to teacher professional development in digital media literacy education Journal 1 public://handbook.png /pub/approaches-teacher-professional-development-digital-media-literacy-education
Renee Hobbs 2011 March Knowledge Quest Empowering learners with digital and media literacy. Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.33.23.png /pub/empowering-learners-digital-and-media-literacy
Renee Hobbs & Amy Petersen Jensen 2009 Journal of Media Literacy Education The past, present and future of media literacy education Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.34.58.png /pub/past-present-and-future-media-literacy-education
Renee Hobbs and Lourdes Smith 2018 Primer: Massachusetts Reading Association Digital Authorship: Issues and Implications for Educators Journal 0

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.

Renee Hobbs 2017 Educational Leadership # Teaching and Learning in a Post-Truth World Journal 0 /pub/teaching-and-learning-post-truth-world
Renee Hobbs, Nuala Cabral, Aggie Ebrahimi, Jiwon Yoon & Rawia Al-Humaidan 2011 June Action in Teacher Education Field-Based Teacher Education in Elementary Media Literacy as a Means to Promote Global Understanding Journal 0 /pub/field-based-teacher-education-elementary-media-literacy-means-promote-global-understanding
Hobbs, R. and Moore, David Cooper 2014 December Journal of Media Literacy Education Cineykyd: Exploring the Origins of Youth Production Journal /pub/cineykyd-exploring-origins-youth-production
Hobbs, R., Donnelly, K., Friesem, J. & Moen, M. 2013 November Educational Media International Learning to engage: how positive attitudes about the news, media literacy, and video production contribute t Journal /pub/learning-engage-how-positive-attitudes-about-news-media-literacy-and-video-production-contribute
Hobbs, R. 2013 Learning, Media and Technology 38 Improvization and Strategic Risk Taking in Informal Learning with Digital Media Literacy Journal /pub/improvization-and-strategic-risk-taking-informal-learning-digital-media-literacy
Friesem, J., Greene, K., Provorova, L., Tierney, T. & Hobbs, R. 2012 September Kingston, RI: Media Education Lab. First Star URI RAM Academy Journal /pub/first-star-uri-ram-academy
Hobbs, R. 2011 September Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media The State of Media Literacy: A Response to Potter Journal /pub/state-media-literacy-response-potter
Hobbs, R., Yoon, J. & Al-Humaidan, R. Ebrahimi, A., Cabral, N., 2011 August Journal of Middle East Media # Online Digital Media in Elementary School Journal /pub/online-digital-media-elementary-school
Hobbs, R. 2011 June Nieman Reports # Connecting Kids with News in their Community Journal /pub/connecting-kids-news-their-community
Cappello, G., Felini, D. & Hobbs, R. 2011 December Journal of Media Literacy Education Reflections on Global Development in Media Literacy Education: Bridging Theory and Practice Journal /pub/reflections-global-development-media-literacy-education-bridging-theory-and-practice
Hobbs, Renee 2011 December Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media The State of Media Literacy: A Rejoinder Journal /pub/state-media-literacy-rejoinder
Hobbs, R. 2011 November ASCA School Counselor Digital and Media Literacy: The Pleasures and Perils of Online Pranking Journal /pub/digital-and-media-literacy-pleasures-and-perils-online-pranking
Bailin, E. 2011 January Spot.Us # Learning about Flash Mobs Helps Children Develop News Literacy Skills Journal /pub/learning-about-flash-mobs-helps-children-develop-news-literacy-skills
Hobbs. R. 2010 September Formare # Empowerment and protection: Complementary strategies for digital and media literacy education in the United States. Journal /pub/empowerment-and-protection-complementary-strategies-digital-and-media-literacy-education-united-
Hobbs, R., Pruitt-Mentle, D. and others 2009 July Threshold Internet Safety and Responsible Behavior Online Journal /pub/internet-safety-and-responsible-behavior-online