Media Literacy: Know the Why

Join Jacquelyn Whiting, Innovation and Technology Specialist, and Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, for this discussion on how to leverage an understanding of content creators' purpose to help students mediate the influence of the news they consume. Using the News Literacy Project's InfoZones framework, Jacquelyn and Michelle walk through examples of six primary purposes for information and share suggestions for how to teach the concepts to students to build stronger media literacy skills.

About the Presenters

Michelle Luhtala is Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Connecticut. She facilitates an online learning community for nearly 12,000 library and educational technology professionals at, where she has hosted over 80 webinars since 2010. She is an adjunct instructor in the Masters of Information Program at Rutgers University' s School of Communication and in the Information and Library Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University and is also a contributing author to Libraries Unlimited's Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers. The American Association of School Librarians distinguished her as Curriculum Champion in 2017.

Jacquelyn Whiting is the Instructional Coach and Technology Integrator for the Brookfield Public Schools in Brookfield, CT. She has a bachelor's in Government Studies and Studio Art from Connecticut College and a master's in Social Studies and Education from South Connecticut State University. She is also a Google Certified Innovator, a Google Certified Coach, and Local Activator for Future Design School. Jacquelyn is the co-author of News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News. She presents frequently on human-centered design, student and educator voice, and innovative educational technology practices. You can follow her tweeting @MsJWhiting.

MLA Citation

Whiting, Jacquelyn and Michelle Luhtala. "Media Literacy: Know the Why." ABC-CLIO Solutions, ABC-CLIO, 2021, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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