Media Literacy Week 2023

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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Through one-on-one interactions, equitable tech access, and programming, the Kansas City Public Library has a long-standing commitment to helping patrons identify trustworthy sources of information and thinking critically about what they find.

As part of that commitment, the Library also participates in United States Media Literacy Week. From Oct. 23-27, 2023, local and national programs celebrate one of the five components of the definition of media literacy: Access, Analyze, Evaluate, Create, and Act.

Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Plaza Branch, Kevin Lerner discusses his new book Provoking the Press: (MORE) Magazine and the Crisis of Confidence in American Journalism, which looks at the journalists who wrote about how others in their field covered big events of the day – from the Watergate scandal to the “seven dirty words” obscenity trial and debate over a reporter’s constitutional privilege.

The Lerner event is one in a line of many signature events featuring journalists or focusing on the media. For instance, last year, Ari Fleischer discussed his book, Can We Trust Mainstream Media? with David Von Drehle, a Kansas City-based columnist with The Washington Post.

The Dateline: Washington series (2013-2016) examined political coverage from the point of view of prominent journalists including: Justin Gillis from The New York Times, David Von Drehle, Time magazine’s editor-at-large, and Politico chief political correspondent Mike Allen. And an event in 2010 highlighted Gerald Boyd’s memoir My Times in Black and White, and his rise to become the first Black managing editor of The New York Times.

2023 Media Literacy Week Programs

Provoking the Press
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023
Reception: 5:30 pm
Program: 6:00 pm
Plaza Branch | 4801 Main St.
Room: Truman Auditorium
In Person Event
Online Event

Productive Conversations Without Confrontation
Thursday, Oct. 26
Program: 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Waldo Branch | 201 E. 75th St.
Room: A
In Person Event

Online Programming

Monday, Oct. 23: Access
Tuesday, Oct. 24: Analyze
Tuesday, Oct. 24 and Thursday, Nov. 16: Productive Conversations Without Confrontation
Wednesday, Oct. 25: Evaluate
Wednesday, Oct. 25: Intro to Audio Storytelling: Soundscape Building Blocks
Thursday, Oct. 26: Create
Thursday, Oct. 26: Next Level Audio Storytelling: Engaging Student Voice
Friday, Oct. 27: Act


Navigate the News with PressReader 

Looking for more ways to stay informed about what’s happening in your community, nation, and the world? PressReader is a digital service that gives you one place to view the news – whether it’s from local, national, or international sources. Your Kansas City Public Library card gets you unlimited access to over 6,000 newspapers and magazines from around the world, in 60-plus languages – no subscription required.  

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  • Access from any Library location, from your home, or from other sites. 
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More News Resources From Your Library 

The Library offers several news databases and access to the digital collections of many local and national newspapers and magazines.  

Browse these publications’ digital archives for past issues: 

Kansas City Star:  
Kansas City Business Journal 

Kansas City Hispanic News 

New York Times
 - Digital Microfilm (Full-image newspaper scans from 2008 – present) 

Wall Street Journal - Digital Microfilm (Full-image newspaper scans from 2008 – present) 

NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues. Browse publications’ archives, explore trending topics, and even find classroom lesson plans based on daily headlines.   

Explore More News Resources 

Media Literacy Week 2021 playlist 
National News Literacy Week 2022 playlist
Media Literacy Week 2022 
National News Literacy Week 2023

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