The digital age has made it easy for anyone to create media, and students today are constantly bombarded by sources of information ranging from discussion boards and social media to video games and streamed videos. All this media is created for a reason, and understanding that reason is the basis of media literacy. With access to so much information, it is critical that students learn the fundamentals of discerning bias and credibility.
Hand-in-hand with the unprecedented freedom to create provided by the Digital Age is the right to publish those creations. An essential symbol of that right is a free and independent press. An independent press is one of the essential pillars of democracy, but with the number of journalists jailed around the world reaching all-time highs, media freedom is proving to be increasingly fragile. Across the globe, journalists have been arrested or threatened by government agents seeking to silence the press. Though authoritarian regimes and dictatorships have long been the source of violations of the freedom to inform, media freedom has become vulnerable even in democracies as well.
Please join Global Classroom, alongside our partner programs, for an evening dedicated to Media Literacy and the rights and responsibilities of a free press at The Seattle Times. The program will begin with a discussion for educators on Media Literacy hosted by Linda Kennedy, founder and director of LK Media. Ms. Kennedy is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years’ experience in print and broadcast media. She is also a member of the Northwest Center for Excellence in Media Literacy, and has been educating on the topic for over 15 years.
The Council will then welcome a panel of journalists from Sub-Saharan Africa selected by the State Department for the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. Each year, more than 75 journalists from around the world are brought to the United States to explore the ideal of media freedom and U.S. efforts to maintain and encourage such freedom of expression through the program. Educators will join community members for this program, and will have an opportunity to engage in Q/A with the journalists after a moderated discussion.
The full workshop is $30.00, including light food and free clock hours. Please note that clock hours will only be provided to attendees who stay for the entire program.
About our Speakers:
Principal, LK Media
Linda Kennedy is the principal in the media education and consulting firm of LK Media. LK Media specializes in teaching media literacy to parents, teachers, students, caregivers, childcare providers, and community organizations. In addition, LK Media works with companies attempting to forge a media image and garner positive news coverage. Ms. Kennedy has more than 25 years of experience in the media. She started her career as a radio and television reporter in Omaha, Nebraska and after a short stint in Portland, Oregon moved to Seattle to become an a reporter, anchor, and producer at KING 5 News. Her “beats” included education, the environment, medicine, and consumer issues. After leaving KING, she directed internal and external communications for Public Health – Seattle & King County. Linda has been an AME board member since 1991, when the organization was still Foundation for Family Television. Anyone who knows her will tell you she can find a way to work media literacy into almost any conversation.
Vivienne Louise Marara
National Coordinator, Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations
As a female and young civil society leader in Zimbabwe, Ms. Marara is the National Coordinator of the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS). Her current job responsibilities entail overall strategic planning in liaison with the Board of Trustees, fundraising, financial management, organizational development, staff management and program operations. Additionally, Ms. Marara coordinates activities and functions of ZACRAS national operations to ensure that the Association’s goals and objectives are accomplished in accordance with established priorities, time and funding limitations, or other specifications.
Bureau Chief, Times of Zambia Newspaper
Mr. Brian Hatyoka is a two-time Top Prize Winner as Best Business and Financial Writer, accolades bestowed on him by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, for articles he published highlighting the glaring financial irregularities in some quasi-governmental institutions. He also runs a project aimed as promoting ideal journalism values among high school students, inculcating a culture of reading and writing in youth.