Boise State University (2018)

Media Literacy and Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

Boise State University – April 11, 2018

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Tim Reid.jpgTim 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.

shresthova-headshotSangita Shresthova focuses on digital media, civics, participation, the civic imagination and cross cultural dialogue. Her recent work has focused on storytelling and surveillance among American Muslim youth, the Kony2012 campaign, and global Bollywood. She is one of the authors of By Any Media Necessary: The New Activism of Youth, a book published in 2016. Her creative work has been presented in academic and creative venues around the world including the Schaubuehne (Berlin), the Other Festival (Chennai), the EBS International Documentary Festival (Seoul).  She is currently the Director of Research for the Civic Imagination Project @Civic Paths at the University  of Southern, California.

Ashley_Seth-e1513361416107-266x300Dr. Seth Ashley is associate professor of journalism and media studies at Boise State University, where he also serves as faculty advisor for student media. His research on media literacy, media sociology and communication policy has been published in a range of peer-reviewed outlets, including the Journal of Media Literacy Education; Communication Law and Policy; Journalism and Mass Communication Educator; Communication and the Public; Media, War and Conflict; and the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. Ashley earned his PhD and MA at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a BFA from the University of Southern California School of Theater. He has worked as a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines as well as a designer and technician for film, theater and music.

Frankie Barnhill, Boise State Public Radio

Namle_PictureJack Briggs, Boise State University: I am a freshman double majoring in Political Science and Global Studies at Boise State University. I live in the Leadership & Engagement Living-Learning Community and have had the benefit of getting involved on campus through multiple leadership positions in student organizations. Over the last two semesters I have developed an interest in digital literacy and computational propaganda that have taken form through my coursework but stem from my own experiences growing up. With the implications that big data and machine learning have for the next few decades I believe that it’s imperative for my generation to equip themselves with a thorough understanding of our evolving information environment. This March I was lucky enough to participate in the National Model United Nations 2018 Conference in New York City where I worked with other college students from 130 different U.N. Member States to build consensus on topics such as digital citizenship among youth, the use of information and communication technologies to promote gender equality, and advancing human rights and development through artificial intelligence.


Deana BrownDeana Brown is an Assistant Professor and Librarian at Boise State University – Albertsons Library. She liaises with the Gender Studies Program, and departments of Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology. Her current research areas include analysing the use of gendered language in university tenure and promotion guidelines, and investigating the impact of impostor syndrome and library anxiety on users. She has published and presented on the topics of media and information literacy, and continues to advocate for their inclusion in library instruction.

wrc_2400.jpgMichelle 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. Since 2017, Michelle has advocated for greater media literacy education through CNN, PBS News Hour, NPR, The New York Times, and Al Jazeera English.

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 is currently an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College in the TV/Radio department where she teaches media crticism and media literacy.

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Dr. Don Coberly has worked for the Boise School District since 1984. He has been a teacher at the elementary level in several districts, was Language Arts Supervisor for the Boise District from 1984-1994, and became the District’s Curriculum Coordinator in 1994. He has Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Elementary Education from the University of Idaho, a Master’s Degree in Reading from Boise State University, and a Ph. D. from the University of Idaho in Education.


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Jordan Erb: Jordan is the product of several generations of impassioned travelers, foodies, animal lovers, go-getters, joke-tellers and goofballs. She believes in the power of living a life of exploration, a mindset which was developed after spending time in the Middle East and Northern Africa. She is a third year student at Boise State, and is studying Journalism and International Relations. By doing this, she hopes to help facilitate an understanding of and communication between different global cultures and societies. As this year’s News Editor, she plans to bring new levels of integrity and impartial reporting to the Arbiter.

Michelle HarmonMichelle Harmon graduated high school in Boise, Idaho with several journalism awards and scholarships, and attended Ohio State University with a full-ride scholarship for journalism, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1984.  She spent a year in college on an all-expense paid, salaried internship in Tokyo for the Pacific Stars & Stripes.  She worked 10 years in Florida in university publications, and then moved to New York City, where she was treated to a real life education. After 9/11, she went back to school for her master’s degree and teacher certification in secondary education.  She  advised the same high school newspaper from which she gained access to the world, and taught American literature, beginning journalism, and newspaper production for 13 years. In retirement from the Boise School District, she is teaching online and blogging at She strongly believes a free press’s rights and responsibilities contribute to a better world. As the Idaho State Director for JEA, she is lead judge for national write-off contests; a national judge for its Journalist of the Year Scholarship; a scorer for the SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest; and a contributor to  She also runs a statewide annual high school communication day (see

RH PhotoRyan Hill: As the Communications Specialist for the Boise School District, Ryan is a member of the Superintendent’s cabinet, Strategic Planning Team, as well as both the Governmental Affairs and Communication and Community Relations committees. He works closely with administrative leadership, and curriculum supervisors to develop internal and external communications for local and national policy issues including media literacy, civility, climate change and the Common Core Standards. Prior to joining the district in 2013, he spent 20+ years in journalism, public relations, marketing, advertising and politics. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boise State University.

Kustra, BobPresident Robert Kustra, Boise State Idaho,  led a transformation that has turned Boise State into a metropolitan research university of distinction. In 2016, Boise State was officially designated a Carnegie doctoral research university — a goal of Dr. Kustra’s since he was appointed president in 2003.

Before coming to Idaho, Dr. Kustra had a long and distinguished career in public service in Illinois, serving two terms as lieutenant governor, and 10 years in the Illinois legislature, where he served in leadership. He chaired the Illinois Board of Higher Education, responsible for funding and oversight of the state’s nine public universities.

He served as president of the Midwestern Higher Education Commission and president of Eastern Kentucky University. He has held faculty positions at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago and the University of Illinois- Springfield.

Each week, Dr. Kustra features lively conversations with some of the nation’s leading fiction and non-fiction authors on his radio show, Reader’s Corner, which airs weekly on Boise State’s NPR station.

Dr. Kustra holds degrees from Benedictine College and Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  He and his wife, Kathy, have two grown children, four grandchildren, and treasure the memory of their son, Steve.


 Jason Lantz is the deputy editor at the Idaho Statesman, where he focuses on digital and audience initiatives. In his 20-year journalism career he has held a variety of newsroom leadership roles — from news editor to overseeing coverage in sports and outdoors.


Macomber-Laura (1)Laura Macomber is the Journalism and Press Freedom Project Manager at PEN America. Her work focuses on the impact of hate speech and online harassment on writers and journalists, and on the development of approaches to curb the spread of fake news and promote the importance of journalism. Before joining PEN America, Laura worked as a reporter and producer, covering a diverse array of issues from human rights and criminal justice to politics and the environment. A long-time producer of the internationally acclaimed Women in the World Summit, staged annually in partnership with The New York Times, Laura has also served as the supervising producer of The American Justice Summit, a live journalism collaboration between Tina Brown Live Media, VICE News, the Ford Foundation and The Marshall Project. Laura was the associate producer of the 2014 documentary State of Conflict: North Carolina, produced in collaboration with Bill Moyers and the Schumann Media Center. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from New York University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Brooklyn College.

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Bill Manny, community engagement editor at the Idaho Statesman, has been a reporter, editor and opinion writer in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, D.C. He is the past president of Boise City Club and a member of the Idaho Humanities Council board.



Barbara McCormack is vice president of education at the Newseum. McCormack leads the team responsible for creating NewseumED: quality, educational resources and programs on First Amendment freedoms and media literacy. Through on-site and virtual classes and its website, NewseumED reaches 10 million students.

McCormack is a sought-after speaker on media literacy education, navigating the challenges of a free press, and facilitating difficult classroom conversations. In 2017, she was invited to provide media literacy training for students and adults nationally and internationally, including for the Senate Youth Leadership Program, winners of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program Award (Poland), Chautauqua Institution, MisinfoCon (England) and Reuters. She led workshops at conferences by the American Alliance of Museums, National Council for the Social Studies and National Association of Media Literacy Education.

McCormack works to promote access to literacy resources as a member of the steering committee for the North American subchapter of GAPMIL, UNESCO’s effort to promote media and information literacy worldwide. She also serves on the board of the SYTA Youth Foundation, which helps at-risk students participate in educational travel programs.

McCormack, a former middle and high school teacher, and her team have been recognized by the Journalism Education Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Education Commission for the States for their contributions to the teaching of history and news and media literacy.

Taylor Munson photo.jpgTaylor Munson is a senior at Boise State University studying communication with an emphasis in journalism and media studies and a minor in dance. Her free time consists of writing, listening to NPR, dancing, reading, exploring, coffee and cuddling with her dog Minnie. As Online Editor for the school newspaper, Taylor has developed an innate curiosity about the world and is particularly interested in how the digital age has impacted journalism. She is passionate about the importance of student journalism on campus and the role of journalism in upholding democratic values.

aceyn 2018 web only 15 resizedAcey Norris is a senior and All-Student Body President at Boise High School. Outside of her service at school, Acey constantly seeks out opportunities to better her community. She currently sits on the JUMP Youth Advisory Committee, facilitating interactive community events. She also sits on the board for Wild Hearts Idaho, an organization that uses Idaho’s wild spaces to expand young women’s leadership skills. Acey recently spoke at the National Walk Out Rally held at the Idaho Capitol and in the following week registered her fellow students to vote at the Justice For All Summit. In the fall, she plans to attend University of Idaho to study Political Science and International Studies. Following college, she hopes to actively participate in politics at a State and Federal level.

Annabelle Terry.jpgAnnabelle Terry is a senior at Boise High School. She is the All Student Body Vice President; as such, her aim is to foster more integrated and inclusive communities on and off campus. She is currently the lead in collaborating with JUMP and student bodies from around the state to form an Idaho youth centered event this Spring. She has established a cross-generational relationship between students at Boise High and Good Samaritan Assisted Living. She works with the Idaho Lung Association’s Teens Against Tobacco Use to educate about the dangers of tobacco. Annabelle is also an avid yogi and yoga instructor. She teaches at Hollywood Market Yoga and leads occasional classes at JUMP. She will attend Nova Southeastern University in the fall to study Marine Biology and Coral Reef Reconstruction.

Kari Wardle 2-17-17 headshotKari Wardle currently works as the Teacher Ambassador for Idaho Public Television where she provides training and support to teachers throughout the state. Before joining the IdahoPTV staff, she worked as an elementary school teacher, teaching 5th grade in Burley, Idaho, for 8 years. Kari served on her school and district technology teams and was instrumental in implementing technology throughout her school and district, including providing training for teachers. Kari obtained her B.A. in K-8 Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University and is currently pursuing her M.ED in Instructional Technology from Idaho State University.

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