Media Literacy

Media literacy, as a space of practice and field of research, is concerned with how people critically consume and produce media in all forms. General definitions incorporate the abilities to access, evaluate, analyze, reflect, and create media across platforms, modalities, and content areas. Media literacy interventions range from formal learning environments to communities and organizations.

As an umbrella concept, media literacy incorporates subliteracies that focus the core competencies of media literacy onto specific media practices. Common subliteracies include digital literacy, data literacy, health literacy, information literacy, civic literacy, and news literacy. Media literacy research and practice has long been concerned with journalism and news. These specific information environments are tied directly to democracy, and as such media literacy concerns itself with nurturing more civic-oriented participants ...

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