Belinha S. De Abreu, Ph.D., is a media literacy educator and an International Expert to the Forum on Media & Information Literacy for UNESCO”s Communication & Information Section. Her research interests include media literacy education, new media, visual and information literacy, global perspectives, critical thinking, young adults, and teacher training. Dr. De Abreu’s focus is on the impact of learning as a result of media and technology consumed by K–12 students; providing students with viable, real-life opportunities for engaging in various technological environments while in turn encouraging students to be creative and conscious users of technology and media.
Dr. De Abreu serves as the Vice President for the National Telemedia Council (NTC). The National Telemedia Council is a national non-profit organization that has been promoting a media-wise, literate, global society since 1953. NTC has a broad array of initiatives for researchers, teachers, parents and youth. Part of NTC’s work is to recognize individuals whose long-time contributions exemplify the highest standards of excellence, fairness, ethics, and innovation in media literacy education with an award named after NTC’s co-founder, Jessie McCanse. NTC also produces The Journal of Media Literacy for which Dr. De Abreu is a member of the editorial board and has been a guest editor on several occasions. Now in its 63rd year, the journal brings together visionaries and practitioners, and has consistently generated new connections and directions to grow the field of media literacy. More information can be found at: http://www.nationaltelemediacouncil.org/.
Dr. De Abreu holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in television production and public relations, an MS in Library Science and Instructional Technology, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on media literacy from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. De Abreu’s work has been featured in Cable in the Classroom, Civic Media Project, and various other publications. She is the author/co-editor of Global Media Literacy in a Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2016), Media Literacy Education in Action: Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives (Routledge 2014), and the author of Media Literacy, Social Networking and the Web 2.0 World for the K–12 Educator (Peter Lang, 2011). In 2014, she organized the first international Media Literacy Research Symposium at Fairfield University. Follow @belmedia