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The Digital Discussion

The first peer-reviewed academic journal from Queens invites both academics and the public to join the conversation about digital media literacy.

When people think of "academic writing," they typically think of complicated, multisyllabic, jargon-laden writing. Yet, the Knight School of Communication's newly launched Journal of Digital and Media Literacy (JoDML) is taking a less exclusive approach.

"When writing for a very particular, small audience, you're not writing for the general public, even if you are writing about the general public," said Dr. Alexis Carreiro, the journal's editor.  "We wanted the people that [academics] write about, and the people they research to be included in the conversations."

Including everyone in the digital and media literacy discussion "aligns perfectly with Knight Foundation's mission to advance informed and engaged communities," said Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  "The Journal will help Queens understand the latest strategies advancing digital media literacy. This is important because the Knight School will need to use every good tool and idea out there in its work to raise the digital media literacy rate of Charlotte, helping it take full advantage of digital age democracy."

The focus on both digital and media literacy in the journal is another distinguishing point for JoDML, said Carreiro.  "We're not treating digital literacy and media literacy and civic engagement as distinct fields. Our journal treats them as a merging field. We see this as an exciting opportunity to think through issues of digital media literacy and civic engagement together rather than apart.

Queen's only peer-reviewed journal, JoDML will help raise the Knight School's profile.  "It positions us as a leader in the national conversation about digital and media literacy," said Dean Dr. Eric Freedman. "Our overarching goal is to be a national model for how universities can shape their local media ecosystems through applied digital and media literacy."

Carreiro hopes JoDML will "shine a light" on Queens too.  "Because it's a new type of journal where we really are trying to innovate within the field and within academic publishing, I hope it sets Queens apart, and the Knight School, as places where innovative scholarship can happen and does happen."

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