To help develop and promote vital media and news literacy resources, I am involved in media literacy communities committed to advancing media literacy education. As a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), I co-chair the committee guiding the update of NAMLE's Core Principles of Media Literacy Education and Implications for Practice. I also am an affiliate of the Center for Media Literacy whose framework for teaching and learning critical thinking skills for media literacy has been widely adopted around the world.
I am honored to be a recipient of the NAMLE Elizabeth Thoman Service Award for my contributions to the field, the National Eating Disorders Association Award for Activism and Advocacy, the Visionary Community Service-Learning Award and the Exceptional Teaching Award from California State University, Northridge where I teach in the journalism department.
Where I Studied
I have been a student of media all my life.
Where and What I Teach
I started teaching college when I was a graduate student at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC. I never left the university. Over the years, I have taught at UCLA, Syracuse University Newhouse School in Los Angeles, Antioch University and the college program for prison inmates at California Institution for Women in Frontera.
My Civic Engagement Projects
Awards and Honors
National Association for Media Literacy Education Elizabeth Thoman Service Award
National Eating Disorders Association Award for Excellence in Activism and Advocacy
Visionary Community-Based Learning Award, California State University, Northridge
Exceptional Service to Students Award, California State University, Northridge
Polished Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, California State University, Northridge
Who's Who of American Women
Young Outstanding Women of America
Kappa Tau Alpha, Honorary Journalism Society