Thank you Tamara, for your message to supporters! Tamara is our Massachusetts chapter leader, who has already succeeded in adding a media literacy component to fast-moving Sex Ed legislation

The time for change is now, and you can help.

The amount of media that children are exposed to is ever increasing, and most children spend more time ‘with media’ than any person or institution in their lives, including parents and teachers. Media messages and the systems behind those messages are having a bigger and more crucial influence on our lives and our society today than ever before. 

Studies show that a large majority of young people – while they may seem comfortable using all types of media – are actually lacking even the most basic media literacy skills to evaluate the veracity, authenticity and influence of the enormous amount of media content they see every day. Now more than ever, students need critical thinking skills to challenge powerful media messages from ideological and corporate sources to participate in a healthy democracy and to make independent decisions about their own lives, their own health, their own self-image. 

At MLN our mission is to elevate media literacy and digital citizenship education as priorities in schools, because most policymakers and many educators are simply not making the connections between teaching media literacy skills and the needs of young people growing up in the media inundated world of the 21st century. 

At MLN, we’re leading a timely and large scale education policy initiative to ensure all students have access to media literacy skills. We’ve built grassroots networks in 20 states to work with policymakers and support legislation to modernize basic educational goals to include ML. In conjunction with these MLN supported coalitions we have helped introduce media literacy skills legislation in 12 states. In 2016- 17 alone, we helped get 5 bills passed into law to help children, families, and schools, face the challenges of new digital technologies. 

 But to continue our work, we need your support. This fundraising campaign will: 

▪ help us get our more bills introduced into statehouses around the country, and support the bills currently being considered so they can succeed and become law. 

▪ help us maintain our website and social media platforms which help spread the word to millions of visitors each year who are starting to learn about Media Literacy, to make the connections about why its so critical in education today, and to support pro-Media Literacy bills and policy. 

 ▪ support our advocates with tools and resources, and support collaboration and information sharing between states and coalitions that have already been successful and those that are just beginning the legislative advocacy process. 

With your help, we can keep building this exciting and essential movement to equip students with the skills they need to understand and to thrive in a media saturated world.  Please give today! Thank you.

Media Literacy Now is 501(c)4 non-profit organization.

For more information: MediaLiteracyNow.org


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Ryan Dalton endorsed

    “Recent events have shown us just how important media literacy is in a thriving democracy. I'm grateful to Media Literacy Now for their efforts to find solutions to the growing problem of misinformation.”

  • T. endorsed

    “We just HAVE to be smart and educated about the media, and young people need this education now more than ever. Media Literacy Now is doing great, very badly needed work!”

  • Komi endorsed

    “Very important and crucial for everyone even to young children because we live in an opened world where visual information which is the key challenge of the Digatal Revolution.But what kind of citizen are we? Are we aware about the information,s daily addiction? What about our children? Which kind of coaching do we develop to help them? To answer these questions, it is very vital to act now.”

  • Alan Berry endorsed

    “Being a critical media consumer and an active, responsible media producer are vital survival skills in the digital age.”

  • Alicia Haywood endorsed

    “Essential.”

November 28, 2017

Media Literacy Now. Making progress. #GivingTuesday

Media Literacy Now has achieved passage of three more bills this year, and we're on track for new introductions across the country in the coming legislative session. We've got significant interest in states from North to South, East to West -- way, way West. (Can you guess which state?)

In case you missed it, we were featured on PBS NewsHour this summer.

https://medialiteracynow.org/m...

Thanks to your contribution in the past, we've been able to keep up the momentum as the need for media literacy has gained in the public eye. We've got big plans to build and expand our advocacy efforts. 

Please give generously to the campaign this giving season and we'll put your money right to work, making a difference for students, parents, and everyone who cares about children, education, democracy, public health, online safety, equality.

We can't do it without you.

January 18, 2017

Goal reached and exceeded!

Thanks to a couple of additional donations, we reached our goal, and then went beyond. We raised over $2,000, which will be put to immediate use building tools and developing resources for our state advocates, and for raising awareness of media literacy, the need, and the policy solutions we offer.

(We'll be making a public announcement of donors soon. If you listed yourself as anonymous, and want to continue to remain so, please email me at emcneill@medialiteracynow.org. I no longer have access to that information through Crowdpac.)

January 5, 2017

Thank you

Thank you so much for your support of our end of year fundraiser. We got very, very close to our goal. I truly appreciate your willingness to chip in. And with our current shoestring budget, this fundraiser is a significant part of our projected minimum budget. This will enable us to implement our plans to promote our new model policy this year. I do think we are on the verge of some very big steps this year. If you're not on our mailing list, please go to the website and sign up to keep up to date on our progress.

By the way, we were featured in Youth Today newspaper this week.


December 29, 2016

Thank you! Almost there

Thank you so much for all your support, your donations, your endorsements, and shares to social media. To know that you are out there pulling for us is immeasurably motivating and gratifying.

Just under three days to go and less than $100 to get to our goal. I think we'll get there!

I want you to know that we have released a new advocates' tool, a short video to explain the basics of media literacy. It's called "What is Media Literacy?" You can see it here:

https://youtu.be/4T722C_5chI

The video is a crucial tool that advocates have been looking for to help make their discussions more effective. You can use it to explain how media literacy works and why it's important, in any group you interact with- family, friends, teachers, organizations, officials, etc.


December 12, 2016

Washington Post highlights the work of Media Literacy Now

Media Literacy Now is quoted in a Washington Post article today:

After Comet Ping Pong and Pizzagate, teachers tackle fake news

We are now over two-thirds of the way to our goal!

Thank you for your donations and endorsements. Please help spread the word. In this fake news age, Media literacy has never been more important, and we are forging the way to ensure all of our young people have the chance to learn essential critical thinking skills.

November 25, 2016

Twenty percent milestone reached!

Thank you!

Have you seen this study? Stanford researchers find students have trouble judging the credibility of information online

"Many people assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally perceptive about what they find there," said Professor Sam Wineburg, the lead author of the report. "Our work shows the opposite to be true."

Just in time, we've got a model bill and we're getting lawmakers to pay attention.

Please endorse the campaign and share with your networks as we get ready for #Giving Tuesday."

November 16, 2016

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • S.O.C.K.S. USA endorsed

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  • Ryan Dalton endorsed

    “Recent events have shown us just how important media literacy is in a thriving democracy. I'm grateful to Media Literacy Now for their efforts to find solutions to the growing problem of misinformation.”

  • Eric Smith endorsed

  • T. endorsed

    “We just HAVE to be smart and educated about the media, and young people need this education now more than ever. Media Literacy Now is doing great, very badly needed work!”

  • Komi endorsed

    “Very important and crucial for everyone even to young children because we live in an opened world where visual information which is the key challenge of the Digatal Revolution.But what kind of citizen are we? Are we aware about the information,s daily addiction? What about our children? Which kind of coaching do we develop to help them? To answer these questions, it is very vital to act now.”

  • Alan Berry endorsed

    “Being a critical media consumer and an active, responsible media producer are vital survival skills in the digital age.”

  • Alicia Haywood endorsed

    “Essential.”