Students and Staff Learn About Media Literacy at Workshop

News Story: November 25, 2015
Speakers Ben Boyington, left, and Rob Williams

Several students and faculty members from the School of Communication and Media Arts learned about the history and impact of media literacy in the digital age at a workshop and luncheon led by the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME).

Co-president of ACME, Rob Williams, alongside special guest vice-president of ACME, Ben Boyington, presented on the history of the media literacy movement. A networking luncheon followed when students and faculty joined Julie Frechette, co-president of ACME, for a presentation on what media literacy means in the digital age.

“The media literacy training session at the School of Communication and Media Arts at Sacred Heart University generates innovative and thoughtful insights and reflections into 21st-century media literacy concerns, strategies and goals, especially in light of vast changes in the digital age dominated by networked technology,” said Frechette at the workshop held earlier this fall.

The new master’s degree in media literacy and digital culture at Sacred Heart University, with concentrations in children, health and media (CHM) and media and social justice (MSJ), aims to develop students’ critical understanding insightful analysis and ethical production of mediated stories and images.

“Media literacy is absolutely essential in the 21st century,” said Bill Yousman, director of the media literacy and digital culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University. “The media play a crucial role in our world, requiring educators and citizens who are knowledgeable and skilled at understanding, analyzing and creating media so we might better engage the ‘always connected’ environment we live in.”

For more information on the media literacy and digital culture graduate program, contact Paul Rychlik at or Bill Yousman at or go to