NAMLE President Sherri Hope Culver was a panelist discussing “Access to Information and Skills”, one of three panels conducted at the Newseum in Washington, DC as part of the release of the Knight Commission Report on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. In “Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age” the Commission offers 15 policy measures to help Americans meet their local information needs.
In her remarks, Culver called for professional development to help teachers incorporate media literacy skills into every part of the curriculum. “In order to teach their students the digital and media literacy skiills for effective citizenship recommended by the Knight Commission report, teachers need to see that these skills are integral to the subjects they teach.” She also emphasized that education needs are not just confined to the classroom; media literacy education is important in any education environment, including afterschool settings for both children and adults.
Two other panels addressed “Availability of Information” and “Engagement with Information and the Community”. Among the participants were former FCC chairmen Reed Hundt and Michael Powell, Vivian Schiiller, CEO of National Public Radio, Ben Scott, Policy Director of Free Press, and Roberta Stevens, President-elect of the American Library Association.
The Knight Commission was organized by the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. See the full report at www.knightcomm.org.