NAMLE 2015 Award Winners

NAMLE is proud to announce the winners of its 2015 awards, including the Media Literate Media (MLM) Awards. The MLM Awards are designed to interest mainstream media in doing, covering or including media literacy in their work by recognizing outstanding contributions made by mainstream media professionals with national reach.

Selected by a committee composed of the NAMLE board of directors, educators and media literacy experts, the biennial NAMLE awards (including the MLM awards) recognize people, programs, initiatives, or organizations that:

  • Have raised the visibility of media literacy education or media literacy.
  • Have helped citizens better understand media literacy education or media literacy.
  • Have provided significant, outstanding resources that enhance the ability of educators to practice the kind of inquiry-based media literacy education described in NAMLE’s Core Principles of Media Literacy Education.

The 2015 NAMLE award recipients are:

Media Literate Media Awards

Glenn Kessler, Fact Checker Column, Washington Post  

“The purpose of this Web site, and an accompanying column in the Sunday print edition of The Washington Post, is to “truth squad” the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local.” – ‘About the Fact Checker,’ Washington Post

Pivot’s ‘Hit Record on TV’ with Joseph Gordon-Levitt

This groundbreaking Emmy®-Award-winning series, which can be seen on Participant Media’s television network, Pivot, combines short films, music, animation, conversation, and, more from hitRECord’s global community. “The collaborative nature of the program is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before,” said NAMLE Executive Director Michelle Ciulla Lipkin. “The effective use of crowdsourced materials puts Hit Record on TV ahead of the curve. This is the future of media.”

Vulcan Productions’ ‘We the Economy’ 

We The Economy uses innovative storytelling to cultivate a more informed understanding of the drivers of the U.S. economy. Created by award-winning directors who worked closely with expert economic advisors, this short film series features animation, comedy, musical, nonfiction and scripted films. We The Economy seeks to demystify the U.S. economy while empowering individuals of the next generation to take control of the planet’s economic future – and their own economic trajectories.” — Vulcan Productions & Cinelan

“Each and every one of these films deserves a Media Literate Media Award,” said Lipkin.

Media Literacy Education Teacher Award 

Jessica Lopez Collins, Media Literacy Project 

As MLP’s Program Director, she has developed multiple curricula resources, and has presented nationally and internationally on integrating media literacy into schools. In 2006, Jessica produced “Challenging the Debt Industry,” a 38-minute documentary and curriculum that combines media literacy with financial education. The project was so impactful it was used to educate New Mexico state representatives on why the state needed to integrate financial literacy into public schools. The bill to do so passed.

Media Literacy Education Meritorious Service Award

Renee Hobbs, Media Education Lab 

Professor Hobbs is one of the nation’s leading authorities on digital and media literacy education. Through community and global service and as a researcher, teacher, advocate and media professional, Hobbs has worked to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world. She is Founder and Director of the Media Education Lab, whose mission is to improve the quality of media literacy education through research and community service.

Media Literacy Education Research Award

Paul Mihailidis, Emerson College 

Mihailidis is an assistant professor at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and the Director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. His work focuses on media literacy and emerging civic voices, and he writes and speaks extensively on the need for media literacy as a core competency in engaged citizenship. His most recent book is The Emerging Citizen: Media Literacy, Engagement and Participation in Digital Culture (2014, Peter Lang).

The awards ceremony will take place as part of NAMLE’s 2015 conference, at 6:30pm on Friday, June 26th at the Perelman Theater at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center.

Past honorees include Bill Moyers and NOW, Howard Kurtz for his Washington Post columns and CNN show, Nickelodeon’s iCarly, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, and NPR’s “On the Media” with Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield. Additional past honorees also include Janine Jackson for her work on the “Counterspin” radio show and with FAIR, Van Jones, Esq., Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Stanford, founder of the school’s Center for Internet and Society and Chair of the Creative Commons Project, and Barbara and David Mikkelson of snopes.com.

International Media & Information Literacy Award

The UNESCO initiated Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) will be awarding its first International Media and Information Literacy Awards during the conference.The International MIL Award is supported by the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).

Jad Melki, founder of the Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut (Lebanon)

Tessa Jolls, executive director of the Center for Media Literacy (USA).

Award Descriptions and Criteria

Meritorious Service Award: This award is intended to honor those who have given many years of service helping to build infrastructure or otherwise remaining mostly behind-the-scenes, and often unacknowledged. Awardee must be an active member of NAMLE

Previous Meritorious Service Awardees
2013: Vanessa Domine
2011: Amy Petersen Jensen
2009: Liz Thoman
2007: Cable in the Classroom /Frank Gallagher
2005: Jim Ficklin
2003: Gary Ferrington and Marieli Rowe

Media Literacy Education Research Award: The Research Award recognizes active Media Literacy scholars whose scholarly work advances knowledge and dialogue about MLE. Awardee must be an active member of NAMLE

Media Literacy Education Teacher Award: The Teacher Award recognizes active K12 teachers.  The award is given to a teacher in any subject area, as long as their curriculum reflects strong integration of media literacy concepts as detailed in the CPMLE. Awardee must be an active member of NAMLE

Media Literate Media Award: This award recognizes people, programs, initiatives, or organizations in mainstream media that have raised the visibility of media literacy education or media literacy; have helped citizens better understand media literacy education or media literacy;  or have provided significant, outstanding resources that enhance the ability of educators to practice the kind of inquiry-based media literacy education described in NAMLE’s Core Principles of Media Literacy Education (www.namle.net/core-principles).

Previous Media Literate Media Awardees
2013:
Verizon: BE a PRO Mobile: Connect with Confidence
Twin Cities Public TV: Sci-Girls

2011:
Voices of Hope
iCarly, Nickelodeon
Lucky Duck Productions

2009:
Longhouse Media / Tracy Rector and Annie Silverstein
Newshour with Jim Lehrer / Media Unit & Extra Unit, Jeffrey Brown, Senior Media Correspondent, Leah Clapman, Extra Editor
Independent Film Channel: The Media Project / Kent Rees, Abby Ottenhoff

2007
Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Stanford, founder of the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and Chair of the Creative Commons Project
Barbara and David Mikkelson, Snopes.com.

2005:
Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
On the Media, NPR
Van Jones, Esq., Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

2003:
Bill Moyers and NOW
Howard Kurtz, Washington Post and CNN program
Janine Jackson, Counterspin radio show and FAIR

Outstanding Volunteer Award: NAMLE also recognizes the dedication and hard work of its volunteers through a special Volunteer Award. The awardee is selected by the Board of Directors and recognized at the conference.

Prior Volunteer Awardees include:

2013: Tisha Dejmanee (USC)
2011: (none)
2009: Kelly Mendoza, Frank Baker
2007: John Engerman, Deborah Parker, Al Race
2005: Tina Peterson, Susan Rogers, Heidi Whitus

For any questions or comments about the NAMLE 2015 Awards please contact Awards Chair Amy Jensen at amy_p_jensen@byu.edu