Katheryn Fry, the department chair of Television, Radio, and Emerging Media.
Based on her work conducting media literacy workshops in schools and other community-based organizations, Katherine Fry, chair of Television, Radio, and Emerging Media has developed an activist media-literacy education model that includes five main components that she says combine to produce a holistic approach:
- Content—teaching about identifying different forms of content.
- Political economy—understanding how power and money shape media technologies and content.
- Audiences—“We need to also understand audiences and makers and how we as individuals are participants in this whole mix,” says Fry. “We’re not passive; we’re very active, in fact.”
- Media ecology—understanding how technologies develop and change and how they shape the content and our cultural environments.
- Media activism—“I’m a real proponent of, when you have a full media-literacy tool kit and understanding on various levels, then you have an obligation to work for change in the communication environment.”