SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The National Association for Media Literacy (NAMLE) has announced that KQED is a recipient of a 2017 Media Literate Media (MLM) Award for advancing media literacy projects. The MLM awards recognize mainstream media organizations for making outstanding contributions in covering, encouraging and teaching media literacy. Launched in July 2016, KQED’s major media literacy service KQED Teach provides a series of free, self-paced online courses to help K–12 educators and students improve media literacy skills in a safe, fun, professional learning community.
“For KQED Teach to be recognized with such a distinguished award — particularly in just our first year — is just a tremendous honor for KQED,” says Robin Mencher, executive director, KQED Learning. “We are proud of the work we are doing in helping to advancing media literacy in the classroom — a fundamental skill for civic participation and one that is perhaps in greater need now than ever before.”
KQED Teach courses take place in an online platform developed by KQED Learning that tracks user progress and encourages sharing and feedback through an integrated social community. Participants have access to a wide range of social media and digital media tools, allowing them to construct and remix media in multiple formats and across a variety of platforms while addressing many writing, reading, speaking and listening skills required by both the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
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; and have provided significant, outstanding resources that enhance the ability of educators to practice the kind of inquiry-based media literacy education.
Previous winners of NAMLE MLM Award include the PBS NewsHour, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Snopes.com, Creative Commons and the Ella Baker Center/Van Jones. In addition to KQED Teach, WNYC’s On the Media and truTV’s Adam Ruins Everything will also receive 2017 MLM awards. The winners will be formally presented with their awards on June 27 at this year’s NAMLE conference in Chicago.
About KQED Learning
KQED Learning provides educators and young people multimedia content, experiential activities, and professional tools to create learning environments of the 21st century by promoting civic engagement, creative expression, and problem solving using digital media.
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.