Code of Best PraCtiCes in fair Use for Media LiteraCy edUCation
Copyright Act, which creates barriers to otherwise lawul air uses o copyrightedmaterials that are available only in ormats that incorporate technological protectionsmeasures (such as encryption).
hoW this document Was created
This code o best practices was created by convening ten meetings with morethan 150 members o leading educational associations, including signatories tothis document, and other educators across the United States. The process wascoordinated by Pros. Renee Hobbs (Media Education Lab, Temple University),Peter Jaszi (Program on Inormation Justice and Intellectual Property, WashingtonCollege o Law, American University) and Patricia Auderheide (Center or SocialMedia, American University). The code was reviewed by a committee o legalscholars and lawyers expert in copyright and air use. (Consult pages 18–19 ora complete list o signatories and members o the legal committee.)
media LiteracY education
Media literacy is the capacity to access, analyze, evaluate, and communicate messagesin a wide variety o orms. This expanded conceptualization o literacy responds to thedemands o cultural participation in the twenty-frst century. Like literacy in general,media literacy includes both receptive and productive dimensions, encompassingcritical analysis and communication skills, particularly in relationship to mass media,popular culture, and digital media. Likeliteracy in general, media literacy is applied ina wide variety o contexts—when watchingtelevision or reading newspapers, or example,or when posting commentary to a blog. Indeed,media literacy is implicated everywhere oneencounters inormation and entertainmentcontent. And like literacy in general, medialiteracy can be taught and learned.Media literacy education may occur as a separate program or course but oten it isembedded within other subject areas, including literature, history, anthropology,sociology, public health, journalism, communication, and education. It can occurin ormal educational settings in both K–12 education and at the university level, as well as in nonproft community-based programs. Its content may vary as well—rom
Media literacy educationhelps people o all ages to be critical thinkers,eective communicators,and active citizens.