Member Spotlight: Mikayla Brown

Mikayla Brown is the Graduate Fellow and Resource Content Curator for the Cyber Citizenship Initiative

What do you do?

I am currently a Communication Ph.D. Student at Temple University, and the Content Curator Graduate Fellow for the Cyber Citizenship Initiative.

Tell us about your latest work or project in media literacy.

I currently curate open resource content for educators regarding media literacy, media analysis, and media criticism skills as part of the Cyber Citizenship Initiative. This summer I will research the portrayal of ‘the Other’ in British media and in British institutions to help better understand how the media is falsely or positively representing people of color and controlling the narrative of ‘the Other’ in the greater-London area.

Why is media literacy important to you?

We are consumed by all forms of media, constantly. Understanding how the media operates and how the construct narratives related to identity and politics is important to navigate our media-saturated and sensationalized society.

What are you most excited about in the media literacy field?

Helping to change how the media represents people and policies. I want to be part of a positive change.

Why did you become a NAMLE member, what benefits do you see to membership, and how will it support your work?

NAMLE is the leading (and highly-trusted) national media literacy organization. Supporting the work that NAMLE does helps support a more critical, literate society of people who understand and can analyze media.

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