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Partnering to make it happen | Featured events
Featured educators and youth
Partnering to make it happen...
To date we have over 35 collaborating partners who are working together to mark Media Literacy Week 2010, with numbers climbing as the week grows closer. Organizations that continue to make a difference in bringing media and digital literacy to Canadian homes, schools, and communities include the Association for Media Literacy, National Film Board of Canada (Toronto Mediatheque) , Manitoba Education, and the National Eating Disorder Information Centre. The full list of partners can be found here.
We are very pleased to welcome the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association as a new Bronze Sponsor for the week.
Media education in action...
What are you going to be doing November 1st – 5th? Plan your Media Literacy Week activities and then let us help you spread the word!
Workshop on Gender and the Media
Throughout the fall, the Atwater Digital Literacy Project is offering free workshops on gender and media literacy for schools and community groups. In these workshops youth participants will explore gender roles and stereotypes in the mainstream media they encounter daily. Discussions will be encouraged on why gender stereotypes go unquestioned and how they inform our personal experiences and relationships . Along with developing the skills to analyze media, participants will have an opportunity to learn either digital photo manipulation or video editing software as they create their own print ad or commercial that plays with the discussed issues.
For more information, visit: Atwater Digital Literacy Project
Campaign to Cast Responsibly and Retouch Minimally
If you don't believe that beauty is synonymous with ultra-thinness, now is your chance to send a message to those who do. It's all part of a new campaign by the National Eating Disorder Information Centre that takes aim at the fashion and marketing industry. By signing the petition, you'll help them make some noise with the aim of creating a much-needed discussion and – better yet – change.
For more information, visit: Campaign to Cast Responsibly and Retouch Minimally
To locate Media Literacy Week events in your region, visit the Events Calendar.
Featured educators and youth
This week's featured educator is Mark Vonesch, from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Mark is the Founder and Director of Reel Youth, a media empowerment organization that supports young people in producing and distributing films about their visions for a more just and sustainable world. Mark has helped youth produce over 300 films since Reel Youth's inception and brings an annual festival of youth-made films to cities across Canada, parts of the US, and a growing number of international locations.
Click here to read more about Mark's projects.
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