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The Consortium for Media Literacy addresses the role of global media in citizenship, education and health through the design and delivery of research-based implementation programs for youth, educators, parents and adults.


To build a body of research-based programs demonstrating that media literacy is an effective intervention strategy for encouraging citizen engagement, improved literacy and better health.



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Tessa Jolls

Project Director and Founder

Tessa Jolls founded the Consortium for Media Literacy, a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), in 2008 to address testing and implementation of new research-based curricula.  Jolls' primary focus is working in partnership to demonstrate how media literacy works through school and community-based implementation programs. She actively contributes to the development of the media literacy field internationally through her speaking, writing and consulting, with curriculum development and research projects, and through publishing and disseminating new curricular and training materials.

In 2015, Jolls received the Global Media and Information Literacy Award, in recognition of her work in Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue, from the UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), in cooperation with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).   In 2014, Jolls was honored with the International Media Literacy Award by Gateway Media Literacy Partners; in 2013, she was recognized with the Jesse McCanse Award for Individual Contribution to Media Literacy by the National Telemedia Council.

Beth Thornton

Communications Director and Editor, Connections

Beth Thornton joined the Consortium for Media Literacy in 2008. Her primary focus is to ensure that resources are communicated and accessible to a wide audience of teachers, administrators, parents and policy makers.  She edits Connections, the Consortium’s newsletter with MediaLit Moments and teams with writers, web developers and graphic designers to support the Consortium’s efforts via web, video and print materials. She advocates for media literacy legislation in K-12 schools, and welcomes the opportunity to meet with community media organizations, libraries, and after-school programs to encourage media literacy education anytime, anywhere. 

Thornton has held management positions in the communications field for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and also earned a certificate in Creative Writing through UCLA Extension Writers' Program. 

The Consortium for Media Literacy is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE).

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