Monthly Archives: August 2013

MLK, Mahalia Jackson and the “I have a dream” speech

One thing I learned this week during the 5oth anniversary of the March on Washington was that a substantial part of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream” speech was improvised.  Specifically, the part about having a dream… … Continue reading

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“I have a dream…” Washington Post virtually ignored the speech 50 years ago

Today was the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what is considered to be one of the great speeches of the 20th century, if not one of the best American speeches ever: And … Continue reading

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First Media Memories – Part III

The final set of my media literacy students’ first media memories:  Dragon Tales – “Max and Emmy are the main characters who are able to touch a magical dragon scale and travel to a place called Dragon Land. In Dragon … Continue reading

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First Media Memories – Part II

More first media memories from my Global Media Literacy class (updated 8/28/13): Social media website Bebo. “When asked, the social media website Bebo and instant messaging program MSN were the first medias that popped into my head.”“My media memory is … Continue reading

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First Media Memories – Part I

This week in my Global Media Literacy class we’ve been talking about our first media memories.  I’ve put together a list of links below based on what the students in my class (who are all freshmen or sophomores) have talked … Continue reading

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The Mako Mori Test – An alternative to the Bechdel Test

You all know the Bechdel Test for the role of women in film, right?  Very simple three part test for the importance of women in a film: Are there at least two female characters with names Who talk with each … Continue reading

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Media News Roundup

Al Jazeera America gives viewers a more serious look at the news This summer I had my online media literacy students watch Al Jazeera English online for half an hour.  They were all surprised at how serious of a newscast … Continue reading

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Return to Kickstarter

At AEJMC this year, I was part of a great panel about using Kickstarter to fund journalistic and other media projects – hence the recent number of posts on Kickstarter… Here are two more crowdfunded projects that have just popped … Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s Washington Post Front Page

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

The news started breaking on Twitter this afternoon that there was a big meeting coming up at at the Washington Post today.  Not long after word came that Amazon founder and space memorabilia collector Jeff Bezos had purchased the paper for … Continue reading

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