It’s finally here! September 1st marks the beginning of the 3rd Annual Media Literacy Month at NCTV and we can’t think of a better way to kick it off than to collect other media literacy resources from efforts all over the country! We certainly weren’t the first to offer a collection of media literacy programs and we definitely won’t be the last. Media literacy (and community media) is all about sharing information and empowering people to think critically about the media we’re confronted with on a daily basis.

Common Sense Media
We’ve talked about them before, but Common Sense Media is an incredible resource for parents and teachers! They have valuable information about current movies, video games, books, and even apps so you can learn what is appropriate and what to be concerned about. For teachers and educators, it has curriculum for different age ranges so you can teach kids to be responsible with media consumption. 

Media Education Lab
An organization with many talents, the Media Education Lab specializes in research, teacher education and staff development, curriculum, advocacy, and youth and community media production. Talk about an org with many talents! They even offer webinars every Monday night about a different media literacy topic. 

Media Literacy Now
This organization tracks legislation surrounding media literacy across the country. They have very real tools to help citizens create social change and promote media literacy education in schools nationwide (check out the ‘take action’ tab if you’re ready to join the charge). 

Media Literacy Project
One of the staff picks for favorite resource is the Media Literacy Project. While the nonprofit isn’t running as it used to in the past, we were lucky enough to download a free resource while it was available and it has proven to be extremely helpful when thinking about the construction of media images. This resource is absolutely paramount to understand how messages are constructed and the tools and concepts that advertisers utilize to use human emotion to sell products. A must read! You can find their slimmed down website after having to close some programs HERE. 

National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
You’ll hear this awesome nonprofit referenced more than once in relation to our efforts. NAMLE spearheaded the first national Media Literacy Week during the same year that we started our local Media Literacy Month! They are a great resource and help connect other organizations who value media literacy with their annual effort in November. 

PBS Newshour Extra - Media Literacy
Our beloved PBS has a section of their site dedicated to talking to students (grades 7 - 12) about current events in the media. This is wonderful because it includes clips as well as questions to pose to help get the conversation started. We especially loved the recent one with Michelle Ciulla Lipkin from NAMLE about “fake news”. This is a topic we’re going to be discussing in our 9/12 workshop, ‘Know Your Source: Net Neutrality in the Information Age’ and will likely use Michelle’s wise words to kick off the conversation!


This list could go on and on but the point is that there are some awesome people out there doing amazing work that they’re more than happy to share with the world! We would be lost without the work they do and are very thankful for reputable and thorough sources that we can share with our Norfolk community. 

For the full lineup of Media Literacy programs this month, visit

Do you have other resources that you utilize for information? Share in the comments!

AuthorKaty Woodhams