Media Literacy

Coming Soon: Online Film Screening of shorts and animations during Global Media Literacy Week 

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021, 3 PM EST 

Media Literacy  and The Future of Justice

Our 2020-2021 Conference kicked off the start of the World Media Literacy Forum, an organization that centers intersectional and international thinking around media literacy. This interdisciplinary and transmedia organization invites thinkers, makers, and creatives across sectors to partake, co-create and discuss the relationship between media literacy, the freedom of the press and democracy today with a hand in history and an eye toward the future. This hands on, workshop oriented conference features the insights and expertise on justice vis-a-vis media literacy with the following topics: Mis/Disinformation f̶a̶k̶e̶n̶e̶w̶s̶, Voting & Civic Media Literacy, Public health & Science literacy, and the ecological “footprint” and “mindprint” of media.

2020-2021 Conference Schedule

A Four Part Series


Misinformation  Disinformation

Did you miss the screening? You
can still purchase tickets here to see it.
50 % of the proceeds go to the World Media Literacy Forum future programs and projects.
This talk Featured Roko Belic, Director of “Trust Me” documentary, Joe Phelps, Exec Producer/”Trust Me” and Founder of the Getting Better Foundation, and Rosemary Smith, director of the Getting Better Foundation, in conversation with Belinha De Abreu. 
Note: all participants will be able to view the documentary for the meeting within 3 days of the conference."
Time: 3 - 5 p.m. EST
3:00 pm Conversation & QnA of the film's issues
4:00 pm
4:30 pm Discussion & Action Points

EVENT 2 : WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2020 | 3 - 5 PM EST

Voting, Race & Civic Media Literacy

Featuring speaker, Dr. Yohuru Wiliams author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven (Blackwell, 2006), Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement (Routledge, 2015)
Time: 3 - 5 p.m. EST
3:00 pm Presentation
4:00 pm
4:30 pm Discussion & Action Points

EVENT 3 : WEDNESDAY, JAN 27, 2021 | 3 - 5 PM EST

Science & Public Health

Featuring a Panel on Health, Science and Media Literacy with World Health Organization, IREX, Massive Science / Science Fridays.
Time: 3 - 5 p.m. EST
3:00 pm Panel
4:00 pm
4:30 pm Discussion & Action Points

EVENT 4 : WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2021, 3 - 5 PM EST

Image courtesy of Edith Russ Haus.

Ecomedia Literacy

Featuring speakers, Antonio Lopez and Jeff Share.
Time : 3 - 5 p.m. EST
3:00 pm Presentation
4:00 pm
4:30 pm Discussion & Action Points


This free Conference is brought to you by the US Citizen Diplomacy Fund and the Mondriaan Foundation.


Joe Phelps

Joe Phelps is the founder of The Phelps Group, a renowned marketing communications agency. Phelps started his agency over 37 years ago with one client, Fender Guitars. He was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year” by Western States Advertising Association, is a Belding Award winning writer and was featured on the cover of “Inc” magazine. In 2015, Joe founded and funded the Getting Better Foundation. The Getting Better Foundation seeks to build trust through truth. People who trust one another are more likely to help one another. The more people help one another, the better our world will be.The Getting Better Foundation is helping to create a culture of trust built on scientific research and unimpeachable facts, shared in the media and on the ground through a network of advocates who are passionate purveyors of truth.

Roko Belic

Roko Belic - Director/Writer/Producer President - Wadi Rum Films, is a multi-award winning filmmaker whose work has been theatrically distributed and broadcast around the world. He directs, writes, shoots and edits feature and short films for his company, Wadi Rum Films, and for external clients. His films, GENGHIS BLUES, BEYOND THE CALL, INDESTRUCTIBLE, DREAMS: CINEMA OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS, THE BATMOBILE, HAPPY, have won over one hundred international film festival awards including the SUNDANCE Audience Award and a nomination for an ACADEMY AWARD®.

HAPPY, directed, written, and co-produced by Belic, combined powerful human stories with cutting-edge science to give audiences a deeper understanding of our most desired emotion. HAPPY won numerous awards and screened in 70 countries. It was the #1 documentary on iTunes for over nine weeks and achieved “All- Time Bestseller” status.

Rosemary Smith

Managing Director of the Getting Better Foundation and co-founder of the Eagle Radio Group in Michigan.

Dr. Yohuru Williams, PhD.

Dr. Yohuru Williams, PhD., is an American academic, author and activist. Williams is a professor of history and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). He was previously a professor of history and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University and former chief historian of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Williams is a notable scholar of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. In 2009, Diverse magazine named Williams one of its Top 10 Emerging Scholars Under 40.
Joel Turner Picture

Joel Turner

Joel Turner is a media and information literacy Technical Advisor at IREX with over 15 years of experience working with people and institutions to safeguard the free flow of reliable, quality information. Joel specializes in Learn to Discern (L2D)—IREX’s holistic media literacy approach that helps individuals build emotional resilience in the face of increasingly potent vectors of misinformation and disinformation. Joel has designed many of IREX’s efforts to counter disinformation narratives and has recently expanded IREX’s L2D work to focus on effective media literacy messaging through online campaigns in Indonesia. Prior to IREX, Joel was part of a research team at the University of Washington’s Technology & Social Change Group, where he investigated the impact of information & communication technologies in developing and transitioning countries. Mr. Turner holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, with an emphasis on information ecosystems in resource-constrained environments.

Nadja Oertelt

Nadja Oertelt is the co-founder of MassiveScience, a science media company that aims to engage the public and scientists in new ways. She is currently the Chief Content Officer at Science Friday, a public radio show for news and entertaining stories about science.

João Marecos

João Marecos is a lawyer, qualified in New York and Portugal, who co-founded "Os Truques da Imprensa Portuguesa", a social media-based Portuguese press watchdog that crowdsources information to review the work of traditional press and push for more transparency and ethics in journalism. He has a Masters in Information Law from the New York University, where he studied fake news, anonymity and the role of digital platforms in speech control. He has worked as an external consultant for the WHO-Europe in topics ranging from pricing policies to digital marketing. In that capacity, João is currently working on a project on health misinformation concerning NCDs risk factors. He is the co-founder of Ockham Legal, a platform promoting an innovative way for startups to access legal advice.

Antonio Lopez, PhD.

Antonio Lopez, PhD., is a leading international expert of media education. With a research focus on bridging sustainability with media literacy, he is an experienced curriculum designer, educator, trainer, theorist, researcher and public speaker. As an author and blogger he has written numerous academic articles, essays and three books: Mediacology: A Multicultural Approach to Media Literacy in the 21st Century, The Media Ecosystem: What Ecology Can Teach Us About Responsible Media Practice, and Greening Media Education: Bridging Media Literacy with Green Cultural Citizenship. His latest book, Ecomedia Literacy: Integrating Ecology Into Media Education will be published by Routledge in 2021. He is currently Chair and Associate Professor of Communications and Media Studies at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.

Jeff Share, PhD.

Jeff Share's research and practice focuses on preparing educators to teach critical media literacy in K-12 education, for the goals of social and environmental justice. He has worked as an award-winning photojournalist, bilingual elementary school teacher, and since 2007, he has been teaching in the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has trained teachers in critical media literacy in the United States, India, Mexico, China, Iraq, and Argentina. An updated second edition of his book, Media Literacy is Elementary: Teaching Youth to Critically Read and Create Media, was published in 2015. Two years later Routledge published the book he co-wrote with Richard Beach and Allen Webb titled, Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference. Collaborating with Douglas Kellner in 2019, they published, The Critical Media Literacy Guide: Engaging Media and Transforming Education.


Belinha De Abreu, PhD.

Co-organizer of this conference, Belinha De Abreu PhD, is a global media literacy educator. She served as an International Expert to the Forum on Media & Information Literacy for UNESCO's Communication & Information Section. Her research interests include media and information literacy education, educational technology, global perspectives, critical thinking, privacy & big data, young adults, and teacher training. Dr. De Abreu serves as the Vice President for the National Telemedia Council (NTC), and is the founder of the International Media Literacy Research Symposium which has been held in the USA and Portugal.

Julia C. K. Stein

Juliacks, co-organizer and host of the World Media Literacy Forum, is a transmedia designer, writer, artist, content manager, creator and digital strategist. This project is part of Transversal Scepters, a transmedia narrative about the future of justice.
Other transmedia books, films and plays include, Architecture of an Atom, Swell, and Invisible Forces.


This Conference will be held on the Zoom platform. After registering, you will be sent a secure link 24 hours before the event.

Please Note

These events will be recorded with a creative commons license. The content will inspire future artworks and media. Thank you for your participation.