International Research Initiative

The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) announced an international research initiative to assess the current state of media literacy education in the United States and Australia. The field of media literacy began in the late 1960’s, and changes in technology, social media, media industries, and global communication have brought attention and focus to the need for media literacy education today. Media literacy, the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create using all forms of communication, is widely acknowledged as a necessary skill for full participation in civic life. 

Read the full press release here.

Mapping Impactful Media Literacy Practice in the United States

Dr. Paul Mihailidis

Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian

Dr. Melissa Tully

Bobbie Foster Bhusari

The US research team will be led by Dr. Paul Mihailidis, associate professor and graduate program director of media design, Emerson College. US research associates are Dr. Melissa Tully, associate professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa, Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian, Presidential Impact Fellow and professor of Communication, Texas A&M University, and research manager, Bobbie Foster Bhusari, PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, Phillip Merrill College of Journalism.

This project seeks to build a common framework for identifying and measuring impactful media literacy practice in the United States.

The research will use an “ecosystem approach” comprised of the following three actions:

  • Conduct a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of media literacy research in the United States.
  • Identify common practices and means of assessment and map them across different educational settings.
  • Create an evaluation tool that helps media literacy educators identify and report on the impact of their work

Media Literacy in Australia: Assessing needs and developing a national strategy

Dr. Tanya Notley

Dr. Michael Dezuanni

Dr. Sora Park

Simon Chambers

The Australia research team will be led by Dr. Tanya Notley, senior lecturer, School of Humanities and Communication Arts and Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Australia research associates are Dr. Michael Dezuanni, associate professor and associate director, Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, and Dr. Sora Park, associate professor and associate dean, faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra, and research associate, Simon Chambers, also from Western Sydney University.

This project seeks to address information gaps relating to the media literacy values, practices and needs of Australian citizens. It will build on recent research by the Investigators which focused on young Australians and media literacy, to ask questions about media literacy in the broader society.

The research will be comprised of the following four actions:

  • Conduct Australia’s first nationally representative media literacy survey
  • Hold a National Media Literacy Research Symposium
  • Improve understanding the specific media literacy needs and experiences of groups with specific media needs
  • Co-design of a national media literacy framework and strategy

Project Manager

Sherri Hope Culver

The project manager for the initiative is Sherri Hope Culver, associate professor, Temple University and Director, Center for Media and Information Literacy.

Initial support for the research project is made possible through a grant from Facebook.

To insure the independence and integrity of this research effort, NAMLE will maintain full authority regarding project strategy, budget, personnel decisions, or research activities. Facebook will not have direct control over the research design, methodology, analysis, or findings.  NAMLE and any research authors will maintain exclusive copyright over all products and freely disseminate those products to advance the media literacy field.

United States Project Advisory Group

Aaliyah El-Amin
Lecturer on Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Christopher Harris
Professor and Department Chair for Social Sciences and Business at Nevada State College

Erica Scharrer
Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lalitha Vasudevan
Professor of Technology and Education and Director of the Media and Social Change Lab at Teachers College at Columbia University

Lynn Schofield Clark
Professor and Chair of the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver

Sangita Shresthova
Professor and Fellowship Programming Advisor for the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California

Seth Ashley
Associate Professor and Arbiter Advisor for the Department of Communication and Media at Boise State University

Australia Project Advisory Group

Annabel Astbury
Head of ABC Education, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Deborah Sulway
Manager, Learning, Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD)

Felicity Harmey 
Manager Exhibitions and Education, National Film and Sound Archives (NFSA)

Liz Jack
Executive Director, Libraries Tasmania and Member, National and State Libraries Australia (NSLA)

Sue McKerracher
CEO, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)