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Meramec Receives Klotzer Media Literacy Award

October 05, 2009

Klotzer Award group photo  
From the left: Art Silverblatt, Jessica Brown, Patrick Murphy, Eric Meyer, Darlene Wagner, Charles Klotzer, Ann Bader

St. Louis Community College-Meramec received the Klotzer Media Literacy Award on Sunday, Oct.  4, at the Gateway Media Literacy Partners’ (GMLP) kickoff event held at Webster University for Media Literacy Week 2009.

The Klotzer Award recognizes an educator, media professional and institution for their contributions to media literacy in the region. It is named for Charles and Rose Klotzer, publishers of the “St. Louis Journalism Review” and also its first recipients.

“Institutions like St. Louis Community College-Meramec recognize that media literacy education is about critical thinking skills for a lifetime, and [they] serve as a model for others who care about education and its role in furthering economic development,” said Jessica Z. Brown, GMLP founder and president.

The Meramec campus has been sponsoring Media Education Week since 2004. Headed by Eric Meyer, assistant professor and Honors program coordinator, the yearly series of events has included many well-known media literacy champions such as Bob McChesney, Davey D., Jackson Katz, Bob McCannon, Rob Williams, Chyn Sun and Webster University’s Art Silverblatt. Now in its fifth year, the Meramec program will move under the umbrella of GMLP’s Media Literacy Week.

“I am so proud of the Meramec Media Literacy committee and this campus.” Meyer said.  “The Meramec community strongly supports Media Literacy Week and so many other fantastic programs. The administration, the staff, and, of course, the students and faculty all play a part. It takes the entire campus community to make large events like this work. I think we are unique in so many ways, as a two-year college. Students certainly receive a rich educational experience here.

“Media literacy is really central to so many other ‘literacies’ and so many other issues,” Meyer added. “As I heard a speaker at one media conference say, ‘Whatever your passion, whatever your issue is, your second issue must be media literacy because in our culture, information about any issue is obviously disseminated through so much media.’”

This is the third year GMLP will present the Klotzer Media Literacy Awards. In addition to Charles and Rose Klotzer, previous recipients include educator Douglas Russell, journalist Don Marsh, and the Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis. For 2009, STLCC-Meramec will share the honor with Patrick Murphy, KETC-Channel 9 vice president of programming, and Darlene Wagner of the Parkway School District. A committee comprised of community volunteers chooses the honorees each year, following nominations from the GMLP membership.

Media Literacy Week for 2009 runs Oct. 4-10 at various locations around the St. Louis and Metro-East area. For a full schedule of events, visit http://www.stlcc.edu/MC/ and click on the Media Literacy Week button.