2019 Keynotes

Thursday Morning Keynote | Dr. Julie Smith
“Media Literacy: A 21st Century Survival Skill”
Our students are spending up to eleven hours per day with electronic mass media. What are doing to help them navigate this digital world? Julie will explore the ways the media landscape has changed as well as techniques for engaging even the most disinterested student in this necessary critical-thinking skill.

Julie SmithDr. Julie Smith has been teaching media literacy and media-related classes at the university level since 1997. She holds her B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Tulsa and her M.S. in Mass Communication from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. Julie is currently on the faculty at Webster University in St Louis.
She is the author of “Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-In World” and over the last three years has traveled all over the world helping teachers and parents with media literacy, digital citizenship, classroom engagement and social media. Julie is currently working on a book advocating for more engagement in the college classroom.
Julie is on the Leadership Council of the National Association for Media Literacy and the Executive Board for the Gateway Media Literacy Project.