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Kent State to Premiere "This is Media" Documentary

Posted Feb. 17, 2014

School of Journalism and Mass Communication, NAMLE and PivotTV partner to raise digital media literacy

Kent State University is one of only 15 universities across the country to receive a grant from the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to screen Eyes Wide Open: This is Media, a documentary that explores individual roles in the changing media landscape. Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host the premiere at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the FirstEnergy Auditorium in Room 340 of Franklin Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Produced by Pivot TV, the documentary is a call to awareness about the critical balance between being connected, being responsible and being private.

“This is a must-see and an eye-opening video for everyone, especially millennials engaged with social or traditional media,” says Federico Subervi, Ph.D., professor in Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and National Association for Media Literacy Education member.

After the screening, Subervi will moderate a panel discussion featuring Chris Quinn, vice president of content for the Northeast Ohio Media Group; Thor Wasbotten, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Karl Idsvoog and Jan Leach, both associate professors in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and Kathryn Coduto, Kent State senior electronic media major, who is a former general manager of Kent State’s award-winning TV2.

National Association for Media Literacy Education is organizing a series of screenings and discussions at select universities around the country to engage educators and students in discussions related to the documentary. Pivot TV is a division of Participant Media, which produces films and social awareness campaigns; their releases have included Academy Award-honored films like An Inconvenient Truth, Syriana and The Help.

For more information about Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, visit www.kent.edu/jmc.