Welcome to the Journal of Digital and Media Literacy—an academic, peer-reviewed journal publishing traditional research articles alongside creative digital projects.
Broadly defined, digital and media literacy refers to the ability to access, share, analyze, create, reflect upon, and act with media and digital information.1 These literacies are at the heart of modern communities. The Journal of Digital and Media Literacy explores the connection of media fluency to culture and civic engagement. It examines the ways people use technology to create, sustain, and impact communities on local, national, and global levels.
This is more than a new journal. It is a new type of journal. We instituted readability standards. Every submission must score at least 30 on the Flesch Reading Ease scale. (Authors can check their scores in Microsoft Word by authorizing the program to “check spelling and grammar” in the tools menu.) The higher the score, the easier it is to read. The easier it is to read, the more people can read it. The more people can read it, the bigger its impact. Our content is descriptive and prescriptive in regards to how civic leaders, media practitioners, scholars, and educators engage with all aspects of digital and media literacy throughout the communities in which they work, live, and serve. The result, we hope, is that this work will help these groups and others raise the digital media literacy rates of their own communities.
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