National Association for Media Literacy Education

NAMLE Regional Events

Media Literacy and Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

Boise State University – Wednesday, April 11

Student Union Building, Jordan Ballroom

Event is free and open to the public. Register here. 

Please join us for a public discussion between students, educators, and journalists  exploring the intersections between journalism, media literacy and student voice.

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Event Schedule

8:30am Breakfast and Registration

9am Welcome

President Robert Kustra, Boise State Idaho

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director, NAMLE

Dr. Seth Ashley, Associate Professor, Communications, Boise State University

9:30am Listen Up, Adults, Generation Z is here.

Moderated by Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director, NAMLE

Generation Z is the first generation of humans to have experienced modern communication technology and social media from the day they were born. Adults have a lot to say about them and their relationship with technology and media. This conversation will be a chance for them to give their perspective and input on how they navigate the information landscape.


Annabelle Terry, Student Body Vice President, Boise High School

Acey Norris, Boise High Schol

Taylor Munson, Online editor, The Arbiter

Jordan Erb, Boise State University

10:15am Faking News: Fraudulent News and the Fight for the Truth Report

Laura Macomber, Journalism and Press Freedom Project Manager, Pen America

10:30am Imagine 2060: Exploring the future of journalism, media literacy and student voice 

Sangita Shresthova, Media and Culture Researcher, Scholar, University of Southern California

If anything was possible, what would you want the world of journalism and media literacy to be like in the year 2060? What are your aspirations when it comes to news, truth and storytelling and other issues of concern? How can they inspire us to act today?

These are the questions we’ll answer together in this creative, collaborative session on the civic imagination – our collective vision for what a better tomorrow might look like. Come and learn about the civic imagination, connect with others, and put your dreams into action.

11:30am Lunch Break

12:15pm Breakout Sessions

Frankie Barnhill, Boise State Public Radio

Bill Manny, Idaho Statesman

Barbara McCormack, VP of Education, Newseum

Sangita Shresthova, Media and Culture Researcher, Scholar, University of Southern California

1:30pm The State of Media Literacy in Idaho

Moderated by:
Dr. Seth Ashley, Associate Professor, Communications, Boise State University

This panel will explore media literacy in Idaho with a multi-staker holder approach. What are the challenges journalists and educators face in the ever-growing information landscape? How can journalists and educators work together to move beyond the “fake news” discussion and on to a more comprehensive discussion about news and information? What do students need to understand the news and participate as active citizens in today’s world? What are we doing to meet these needs and goals?

Deana Brown, Boise State Librarian

Michelle Harmon, Journalism Education Association, former Borah High media advisor

Ryan Hill, Communications Specialist, Boise School District

Jason Lantz, Deputy Editor, Idaho Statesman

Kari Wardle, Idaho Public Television

2:30pm A Conversation with Tim Reid, U.S. National Affairs Correspondent, Reuters

Tim Reid joined Reuters in 2010 from The Times of London where he was Washington correspondent for eight years and a foreign correspondent prior to that with assignments ranging from Afghanistan and Zimbabwe to Jordan, Pakistan and Qatar. Tim was also embedded with the U.S. Fifth Fleet during President Bill Clinton’s 1998 bombing of Iraq. Tim has covered four U.S. presidential elections and seven U.S. mid-term elections, plus six mass shootings in the U.S., coups and the terrible earthquake in Haiti, and drug wars in Mexico. At Reuters, Tim has been an investigative reporter, and has also covered the nexus of economics and politics in Washington, municipal finance and the 2008 financial crash. Tim has been based in Ohio since July 2017 and has travelled extensively in the Midwest and other regions to better report on issues most important to supporters of President Donald Trump. Tim was part of a Reuters team that produced a series of Special Reports into the use of police Tasers, or stun guns. The series has been entered for a Pulitzer Prize this year and earlier this month won a SABEW award for explanatory journalism.

3:30pm Q&A and Open Discussion

4pm Wrap Up

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