Designing equitable media literacy interventions for critical youth agency

Bobbie Foster, Paul Mihailidis, Patrick R. Johnson, Shannon Burth, Melissa Tully, Srividya Ramasubramanian, Emily Riewestahl

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In recent years, young people engaged in political discourse and civic action online. U.S.-based social movements centered on equity issues, such as Black Lives Matter, Dreamers, and March for Our Lives, engaged young people in shaping and publicizing the goals of these movements through digital platforms. Increasingly in communities at the margins, young Americans need digital and media literacy skills to supplement contentious education restrictions within the United States, as with many state bills curtailing the teaching of LGBTQIA+ histories and critical race theory. With these considerations in mind, our team conducted a national study of impactful media literacy in the United States. The study included an extensive literature review, interviews with key stakeholders, and a national survey of educators within the United States. Aimed at understanding the practices in formal and informal learning spaces, the research process inspired the creation of a field guide focused on offering resources for equity-focused media literacy practices that can support educators where professional structures could not, a core finding from our study on impactful media literacy. This paper shares the process for creating the Field Guide for Equitable Media Literacy Practices, developed and published as a form of public-facing scholarship to encourage all media literacy practitioners to undergo a transformative learning process. The field guide offers a series of approaches to equitable media literacy practices centered on equity and inclusion. While the research is U.S.-based, we believe the practices suggested within the field guide apply globally, especially as we see an increase in youth movements that impact beyond geographic and cultural boundaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGlobal Studies of Childhood
StateAccepted/In press - 2024


  • critical pedagogy
  • equity
  • joyful militancy
  • media literacy
  • social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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