Michelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. As Executive Director, Michelle has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the U.S. She launched the first ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S., developed strategic partnerships with media companies such as Participant Media, Nickelodeon, and Twitter, and restructured both the governance and membership of the organization. She has also overseen three national conferences and done countless appearances at conferences and in the media regarding the importance of media literacy education.
Michelle began her career in children’s television production, in various roles on both corporate and production teams. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from New York University. Michelle focused her grad work on children and television where she caught the “media literacy bug”. After graduate school, Michelle worked as a facilitator for The LAMP (Learning about Multimedia Project) teaching media literacy and production classes for Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade students.
Michelle also serves on:
NY Advisory Committee for the News Literacy Project
National Advisory Council for the Media Smart Libraries Initiative of Rhode Island
National Judge’s Panel for Trend Micro’s “What’s Your Story?” Youth Media Contest
See Michelle’s Linked In Profile for more information.
MJ Robinson joins NAMLE as Program Manager, working closely with the Executive Director to plan the NAMLE Conference, provide support to Organizational Partners, and facilitate outreach and involvement with members. Robinson is also an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies in the Department of TV and Radio at Brooklyn College where she also serves as Graduate Deputy of the M.S. in Media Studies, a program that emphasizes media literacy.
Robinson has worked as a film editor, an archival researcher for documentarians and event manager. Most recently she worked in international co-production and financing for the Law & Order television franchise and as a motion picture archivist, curating and preserving the WNYC-TV newsfilm collection at the Municipal Archives of the City of New York.
In her forthcoming book Television on Demand: Curatorial Culture and the Transformation of TV (Bloomsbury, June, 2017); Robinson theorizes what she calls “curatorial culture” – our current state of media consumption in which scarcity has shifted from a limited amount of available media to a limited amount of time and attention viewers are able or inclined to devote to engagement with a particular media text. Now more than ever media literacy is crucial to the work of these “viewer-consumers” upon whose informed and active engagement in the selection and organization of their media diet participatory democracy may depend.