Media Literacy and Digital Law 3 Recently, however, there has been increased research and work in this area. Some sources librarians may find helpful in their hunts are: News Literacy Project News Co/Lab out of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication MediaWise NAMLE AllSides.org Center for Media Literacy Living Room Conversations Common Sense Media Pulitzer Center Media Education Lab KQED Teach Media Academy In addition to the trust the public has in librarians to help them sort through information, librarians have mandates and requirements to follow. Those requirements, perhaps more than any other factor, make them the profes- sionals best suited to help students—and the broader society—become media literate. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) wrote a set of National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. These standards, also written as a colorful Crosswalk to better compare and contrast, address media literacy from six different shared foundations: inquire, include, collaborate, curate, explore, and en- gage (AASL, 2021). Common Core Standards, which are used in most states, include media literacy in the English language arts (ELA) standards. According to the Common Core main site, “The skills and knowledge captured in the ELA/ literacy standards are designed to prepare students for life outside the classroom.” Some of those standards address the “integration of knowl- edge and ideas” and require students to evaluate claims and content in media, examine different speakers’ views, and use media to express infor- mation (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, n.d.). States and school districts may also have their own specific standards on media literacy, and librarians should check locally on what is used in their
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