Students show optimal media literacy skills
Media Literacy Week 2019 showed great success as students at Cedar Crest College participated in a week full of events and activities that revolved around becoming more media literate.
The schedule for MLW consisted of many different events. The first was on Monday, October 21. Students of Professor Elizabeth Ortiz’s Fake News and Viral Deception class held a student- led news session that involved many different interactives for students and guests to participate in and learn about fake news. A documentary, “Dr. Fake News”, which is about a medical student living in Veles, North Macedonia, who started writing fake news to help pay for her medical education, was shown. There was also a game of Kahoot! that tested whether or not the students could tell the difference between real and fake news articles shown in the media.
On Tuesday, October 22, a lunch and literacy took place where students were encouraged to present their projects on media literacy and false representations in the media. Later that day, The Animation Show of Shows was shown in Alumnae Hall Little Theatre. This is a combination of 15 short, animated films. In 2018, the collection of films celebrated its 20th anniversary. Ron Diamond, the curator of this inclusive project, is always sure to include films created by women.
On Wednesday, October 23, student post presentations were in full swing and more documentaries were being shown. From 6-7 p.m. students showcased their projects that consisted of a variety of views on what it means to be media literate. From 7-9 p.m., “Killing Us Softly 4”, was shown. This documentary challenged the audience to look at advertisements with a more critical eye. The ads shown in the documentary had strong links to sexism, gender violence, and eating disorders. The segment shown is the fourth part of the series. Each part focuses on a different area of media exposure.
To finish off the week, messaging and media in the morning was held. This is where students who couldn’t make it to Wednesday’s poster presentations could present their work to an audience of students and faculty. There were presentations about nutrition, women in science, and fake news.
Overall, Media Literacy Week 2019 was a success. Students showcased their own work while also looking at and learning from presentations created by other students. It was a week of learning and teaching. What will happen during Media Literacy Week 2020?