Media Literacy Melinda Johnson LIS 386L.3 Dr. Loriene Roy Media Literacy: Introduction Exposure to large amounts of data through newspapers, magazines, television, film and the Internet is a daily occurrence. In order to make sense of all these media messages, people need to become media literate (ML). The Canadian Ministry of Education defines media literacy as the ability to critically understand, question and evaluate how media work and produce meaning, how they are organized, how they mediate and construct reality, and how they impact our lives. ML may include the ability to create media products. This pathfinder directs pre-service teachers at the Northwest Indian College (NWIC) in Lummi, Washington to media literacy resources. All the selected resources are freely available on the Internet. I selected resources that provide a broad coverage of both media literacy information such as media violence and censorship as well as teaching tools such as lesson plans and learning activities. In order to guarantee current information, the pathfinder contains only sites updated since January 2000. An online version of this pathfinder is available from http://www.gslis.utexas.edu/~vlibrary/pathfinders/Johnson. This pathfinder cites resources that provide background information on media literacy such as history, definitions, issues, organizations, and projects as well as tools for education professionals teaching media literacy. The resources in this pathfinder will answer questions such as: Where can I find general information about media literacy? What are some media literacy organizations? What are some examples of media literacy projects? Where can I find media literacy resources for the classroom?