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Media Education Lab 2010 End-of-Year Report

Each year, the Media Education Lab aims to fulfill its mission to improve the practice of media literacy education through research and community service. In the school year of 2009-2010, we succeeded in that goal once again.  Download our final report here. Highlights of the year include:

  • Renee Hobbs and Sherri Hope Culver met with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn in Washington DC to discuss the two Notices of Inquiry they formally submitted on Protecting and Empowering Children in a Digital Age and Net Neutrality
  • Sherri Hope Culver was elected to a second term as the president of National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), the national membership organization for media literacy
  • Renee Hobbs continued as co-editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education, an online, open-access peer-reviewed journal
  • Our collaboration with the Russell Byers Charter School in Year 1 of Powerful Voices for Kids reached 77 children aged 5 - 13 and 24 teachers from Philadelphia and across the nation during the summer and 400+ children during the school year with a program of digital and media literacy education, research and assessment
  • $150,000 support received for Powerful Voices for Kids from the Wyncote Foundation to support Year 2
  • We offered several community outreach events to students, educators, and parents at several partner K-12 schools in Philadelphia and region
  • We hosted two international visiting scholars from Turkey and Germany, each of whom participated in the Media Education Lab activities and offered public seminars about their work.

The Media Education Lab ( brings together a team of faculty, students and staff. The mission of the Media Education Lab is to improve media literacy education through scholarship, community service and media business partnerships. Our work is strategically aligned around three areas:

1.     Provide community outreach, public programs, and educational services targeted to the needs of youth and local school and after-school educators

2.     Develop and implement a multidisciplinary research agenda examining the impact of media and technology, with a focus on media literacy education

3.     Encourage the integration of media literacy principles in content developed for television, film, online, gaming and other media.

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