The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Journalism Students and Professionals aim to adapt and apply the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards to journalism. Information literacy is defined as the ability to recognize when information is needed and the ability to locate, evaluate, effectively use and ethically apply the needed information. The information literacy competencies for journalism take into account related literacies such as data, visual, news and media. The intended audiences for the standards are journalism educators, professionals, post-secondary students and the librarians who serve them. Journalism students and professionals who cultivate information literacy competencies are better able to select, critically read and ethically use information.
Media Literacy Defined
Core Principles of Media Literacy Education
Download NAMLE's Media Literacy "onesheet" PDF
NAMLE's Media Literacy Education and Common Core Standards
Download the "Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education" from Temple University's Media Education Lab.
The importance of images and visual media in contemporary culture is changing what it means to be literate in the 21st century. Today's society is highly visual, and visual imagery is no longer supplemental to other forms of information. New digital technologies have made it possible for almost anyone to create and share visual media. Yet the pervasiveness of images and visual media does not necessarily mean that individuals are able to critically view, use, and produce visual content. Individuals must develop these essential skills in order to engage capably in a visually-oriented society. Visual literacy empowers individuals to participate fully in a visual culture.
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