JML, The Journal of Media Literacy began as Better Broadcasts News, an organizational newsletter for the American Council for Better Broadcasts in 1953. It evolved into Telemedium, The Journal of Media Literacy in the 1980’s, as the organization changed its name to the National Telemedia Council. Until our 65th Anniversary in 2018, our journal was one of the oldest, on-going, in-depth North American print journals in media education.
Today, JML, The Journal of Media Literacy begins a new phase as we transform our organization into the International Council for Media Literacy. As such, it represents something more than an electronic version of a traditional print journal. We still bring together the thinking and experiences of the major pioneers, the current practitioners, and the future thinkers in media literacy. We still will have themed issues in which the editorial board invites an expert guest co-editor and outstanding contributors in their field.
Rather than a finite date of publication, each themed issue will have the opportunity to grow and live on through deeper conversations between the expert authors, educators, and learners at all levels. We will create media cafe spaces for blogs and interviews between the authors and students, teacher idea exchanges, and echoes from our archives with dispatches for the future. We will follow the development of each theme to a point at which “the best of” can be collected into a print publication.
Our goal is to make JML, The Journal of Media Literacy a more accessible resource for our readership: K-12 teachers, teacher educators, professors, community activists, media professionals, and students from around the world interested in growing the field of media literacy. We want to be a bridge which connects the professional to the lay person across the various disciplines, pedagogies, and approaches that encompass today’s literacies.