Global MIL Effort - Join Us!

Get involved with a global MIL effort! The GAPMIL meeting will take place on the pre-conference day of NAMLE, June 26th in Chicago. This meeting is free to attend and all are welcome. We will form Working Groups and a Steering committee. Hope to see you there!

NORTH AMERICAN GAPMIL SUB-CHAPTER MEETING a joint effort between Canada & the U.S. through UNESCO 1pm - 5pm at Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.

For detailed information on all NAMLE pre-conference events go to: Or respond to GAPMIL directly at

Statement from North American GAPMIL - Barrie McMahon

In Memoriam:  Barrie McMahon
May 17, 2017

With deep sadness, we share the news that Barrie McMahan, a leading Australian media literacy educator and pioneer, has passed away at age 77 in Perth, Australia.

Barrie has had a world-wide influence on the development and implementation of media literacy, and his generosity has particularly benefitted us in North America through his speaking, writing and counsel through the years in both Canada and the U.S.

A charming ranconteur who published a novel, Copyboy, in 2014 during his retirement, Barrie’s career began in a small country town in Australia in 1959. His experience encompassed being a classroom teacher, a media studies consultant and a curriculum manager with the Department of Education and Training in Western Australia. His one-year fellowship in England in 1972 led to his long career focus on media education, and to his subsequent work in global media literacy.  Read more

You're Invited! Global MIL effort

Please join us in Chicago for the North American GAPMIL Sub-Chapter Meeting. The North-American Sub-Chapter is a joint effort between Canada and the U.S.  (a project of UNESCO).  We will form Working Groups and a Steering Committee at this meeting.

OPEN to all and FREE. Get involved with this global MIL effort.  

When: Monday, June 26th 1-5pm
Where: Roosevelt University, 430 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL (during pre-conference day of NAMLE)

RSVP: or contact Tessa Jolls at CML.


Call to Action

Get Involved:
California Media Literacy Bills: Senate Hearings on April 19, Sacramento
GAPMIL and NAMLE Meetings: June 26-28, Chicago

California Media Literacy Bills - TESTIFY PLEASE!
There are two hearings on April 19 coming up in Sacramento at 9 AM on two separate California bills advocating for media literacy in California. It's important that we have a good showing to represent media literacy. 

CA SB 135: Hearing April 19 @ 9 AM Senate Education Committee 
CA SB 203: Hearing April 19 @ 9 AM Senate Education Committee 

                              SB135         SB203
GAPMIL & NAMLE Meetings June 26-28 - PLEASE ATTEND
The North American Sub-Chapter of the Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), a project of UNESCO, will have its second meeting in Chicago from 1-5 PM on Monday, June 26 during the pre-conference session of NAMLE, which will hold its Annual Conference June 26-28.
The GAPMIL meeting is open to all and attendance is free.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Tessa Jolls, Register for NAMLE here.

NAMLE Announces Elizabeth Thoman Service Award

In 2003, NAMLE (then AMLA) Board created the Meritorious Service Award "to be given to individuals or projects that have significantly contributed to the growth and quality of the field of media literacy."  This award is intended to honor those who have given many years of service to the media literacy community; helping to build infrastructure, remaining mostly behind-the-scenes and often unacknowledged.  This year, NAMLE is changing the name of the award in honor of Elizabeth Thoman, founding board member of NAMLE. Liz also founded the Center for Media Literacy and was a leading voice in the American media literacy movement during her life. Liz passed away in December 2016. Read more about Liz's legacy here.


New Page Honoring Elizabeth Thoman

Elizabeth “Liz” Thoman, CHM, founded the Center for Media Literacy in 1989.  Her inspiration and vision continue to influence the Center’s work – and the work of media literacy advocates everywhere -- each and every day.  A new web page is dedicated to honoring Liz and her contributions to media literacy education, featuring her writings, videos of her and recognizing her, and a host of materials generated in her memory, at the time of her death in December, 2016.  We are forever grateful to Liz.  Visit the page. 

Celebrating the Life of Elizabeth Thoman

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others” – Jonathan Swift

Please join us to honor the work of Sister Elizabeth (Liz) Thoman, CHM, and to recognize the inspiration she provided for the media literacy field:

Sunday February 12, 2017
2-4 PM
St. Augustine Parish Hall
3850 Jasmine Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

Featured speakers include media literacy leaders: Renee Hobbs, Tessa Jolls, Erin Reilly, Rose Pacatte, Henry Jenkins, Bobbie Eisenstock, Jeff Share, Frank Dawson, Mike Robb Greico and Michael Danielson
Co-hosts: Tessa Jolls, Center for Media Literacy,, Sr. Rose Pacatte, Pauline Center for Media Studies,, Michael Danielson, Seattle Prep

Date of Event: 
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 14:00

Celebration of Life - Elizabeth Thoman

Elizabeth Thoman (June 18, 1943 - December 22, 2016)

Elizabeth Thoman was a media literacy pioneer and visionary.  She founded the Center for Media Literacy in 1989.  A memorial will take place February 12th (2pm) at St. Augustine Parish Hall in Culver City, CA.  For more information, please see attached. 

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Date of Event: 
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 14:00

Venue Update For Elizabeth Thoman Memorial

Celebration of Life Memorial for Elizabeth Thoman (June 18,  1943 - December 22, 2016) will be held Sunday, February 12th at St. Augustine Parish Hall in Culver City, CA.  Liz Thoman, a pioneer and visionary, founded the Center for Media Literacy in 1989. This page will be updated with further details as they unfold.  Read obituary.