Update on Media Literacy Legislation in CA

There were two media literacy bills on the governor's desk in California awaiting signature this week. 

SB830 for media literacy tools and resources for educators was signed on Sept. 17th. Good news!  Read the bill

SB947 calling for an advisory committee to determine Best Practices for Media Literacy was vetoed on Sept. 18th.  We are hopeful Senator Jackson will re-introduce the bill next session as we strongly support the need for Best Practices.  Please voice your support for media literacy education!  Read the proposed bill.  Read the Veto explanation

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You're Invited - Media Literacy Forum at UC Davis Sept. 24

Senator Dodd's legislation calling for media literacy tools and educator resources was just signed by California Governor Jerry Brown.  Senator Dodd is hosting a public forum at UC Davis on September 24 at 6pm to address challenges and opportunities in media literacy education. He and a panel of academics, journalists and scholars will take on topics such as the proliferation of political propaganda on social media, the importance of a free press and charges of “fake news” leveled at mainstream media outlets.  CML's Tessa Jolls will participate on the panel.  The event will also be livestreamed: 

California Legislation Pending - Act Now!

Making Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy a Reality in California
By: The Center for Media Literacy and Common Sense Kids Action

California is in a pivotal moment for teachers, parents and students to help set a global standard for teaching and learning.  Two key bills to promote digital citizenship and media literacy in California schools have passed in the state legislature and are headed to the Governor’s desk--and he needs to hear your voice!  Waiting for Governor Jerry Brown’s signature are two bills that have cleared legislative hurdles after a multi-year campaign conducted by California State Senators Bill Dodd (Napa) and Hannah-Beth Jackson (Santa Barbara).  Through SB 947 and SB 830, all California school children can begin to acquire the critical thinking skills needed to discern fact from fiction and news from entertainment, as well as the skills they need to be active, informed citizens living in a media-driven world.  Read more


Student-Made Media Fake Off! Update

All episodes now available! Graduate student Jason Handin with comedian Jeremy Briggs bring you Fake Off!  A series of humorous game-show-trivia episodes highlighting the Five Key Questions and Core Concepts for media literacy created for a college-aged audience (18+).  This is Handin's final project for his Master's degree in Mass Communications/Journalism from California State University, Northridge.   Watch them on CML's YouTube Channel here.  We continue to highlight student-made media on our website.  Find additional projects here

Media Literacy Infographics!

CML is creating a series of infographics to illustrate the Key Questions and Core Concepts of Media Literacy.  We will regularly add to this collection for use by educators, parents, and advocates.  Share with your friends!

Data Representation and Media Literacy

May issue of Connections: Data Representation and Media Literacy. Includes interviews with leaders from data-centric organizations and reveals the need for media literacy skills to understand and evaluate quantitative information.  Read it here!

CARPÉ LA Los Angeles Play Test - May 13th

May 13, 2018. CARPÉ LA features a unique opportunity to play test CARPÉ, a new Augmented Reality and SMART Kit game from Reilly Works. During each 90-minute session players will test the mini-game, offer some feedback on the experience, and enjoy playing together on the beautiful South Lawn of the Autry Museum.  For more information contact: Erin Reilly at Reillyworks ( 

Bots, Terrorism, and Media Literacy

Our 100th issue of Connections is now available featuring interviews with Dr. Philip Seib, Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California, and author of As Terrorism Evolves: Media, Religion, and Governence, and Adam Badawy, PhD student in Computational Social Sciences studying malicious behavior on social media. Read it here.