ACME is an international coalition of teachers, media producers, reseachers and reformers dedicated to supporting independent media literacy, education, media production and democratic media reform.
Produces spoof ads, uncommercials, and media critiques in an attempt to ‘clean up advertising and consumerism’s polluting effects on the mental and physical environment.’
Media Matters was launched in 1997 to help pediatricians, parents, and children become more aware of the influence that media have on child and adolescent health.
This website provides other media literacy links, an on-line catalog of resources for parents and educators, and seminar/workshops for professional development.
A space in which academics, regulators and those working in the media industries can engage in critical debate about children and all forms of media (e.g. TV, video, film, computers, etc).
An organization dedicated to helping families, parents, children, and communities defend themselves against harmful, immoral, or intrusive advertising and marketing, and the excesses of commercialism.
Outlines 8 basic concepts of media education/literacy.
An organization committed to monitoring the media and incidents of media bias. This website offers an archive of articles written from the FAIR desk reporters on a broad range of issues.
A network of independent media artists who combine efforts to cover progressive movements and protests you won’t see on mainstream media.
An organization devoted to teaching young people to understand the words and images in media and to think for themselves.
Study on How Music Videos Enforce Stereotypes
The mother of all websites. Connects hundreds of affiliate organizations and sites involved in media and human rights concerns globally.
A listserv open to teachers, administrators, media professionals, researchers and others with an active involvement in projects or issues related to media literacy. This site is primarily used by teachers actively involved in teaching media literacy in both elementary and secondary schools.
A single page of links to media education organizations.
This website is a hub for media and critical thinking studies. It provides links to listserves, university programs, conferences, and a large international listing of organizations.
This website provides links to other websites on: Alternative media, culture jamming, international media literacy organizations, and media archive sites.
Challenging racism, sexism and violence in the media through education and action.
This website provides helpful fact-sheets that cover: children and TV, MTV, girls and body image, alcohol and ads.
NMMLP provides media literacy CD-ROMS, videos and curricula that are used in thousands of schools, worldwide. They also offer trainings and workshops for educators and activists.
Project Look Sharp provides materials, training and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels.
This is a new initiative of behalf of the Radio Research Project to provide an electronic forum for teachers, researchers, broadcasters, and other interested parties.
Culture & Communications
A publication of the National Communication Association that publishes scholarship for an international readership on communication as a theory, practice, technology, and discipline of power.
This website may help to introduce the issues and concerns raised in the field of Cultural Studies. Cultural studies draws from the fields of anthropology, sociology, gender studies, feminism, literary criticism, history and psychoanalysis in order to discuss contemporary texts and cultural practices.
The Institute for Public Accuracy seeks to broaden public discourse. With systematic outreach to media professionals, the Institute provides news releases that offer well-documented analysis of current events and underlying issues. Serving as a consortium for an abundance of diverse expertise, the Institute for Public Accuracy makes frequent communication possible between independent policy analysts and working journalists. IPA promotes the inclusion of perspectives that widen the bounds of media discussion and enhance democratic debate.
Commercialism, Consumerism & Globalization
Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political and social justice.
This site includes the informative article, Hand-to-Brand Combat, offering background information on noted author Naomi Klein’s beginnings and her writings on the corporatization and globalization of the economy.
This website offers information about the infamous libel court case between McDonald’s corporation and a postman and gardener from London who passed out leaflets on McDonald’s corporate practices. The website offers background on the court case, information about the impact of corporatization and globalization, and links to other larger relevant issues.
Gender: Women, Girls & Sexism
A website to develop personal activism and media literacy around images of girls and women in the media. This website offers activist-oriented tools to hold advertisers responsible, clever activities and witty commentary.
This site provides information in a witty format for everyone to digest: adolescents and adults, both female and male. Tools and resources are available for anyone wanting to develop a healthier image of their body, or attempting to speak their mind about the media’s influence.
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) is a non-profit organization focused on reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education. AGI publishes Family Planning Perspectives, International Family Planning Perspectives, The Guttmacher Report on Public Policy and special reports on reproductive health and rights, and issues involving young people and sexuality.
Writer about body image, media education, and self-esteem.
This site offers listservs, web rings, newsletters, resources, printable meditations and post-it notes among other activist tools for social and personal change as well as societal acceptance of all body types.
Dads and Daughters is a grassroots organization committed to providing resources to empower and engage fathers in their daughters’ lives and in the struggle for gender equality.
This site provides information on numerous issues, organizations and resources pertaining to feminism and the women’s movement.
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women’s equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically.
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is a public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families, such as: poverty and welfare, the economic and social aspects of health care and domestic violence, and women’s political participation.
Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org) is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on alcohol and tobacco advertising and the image of women in advertising. She is featured in MEF videos Killing Us Softly 3, Deadly Persuasion, Slim Hopes, and Spin the Bottle. This website has information about her lecture schedule, links, resources, and more.
Resources for health care providers and social workers who work with issues of incest, domestic violence, and other women’s issues.
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest not-for-profit organization in the United States working to prevent eating disorders and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and those concerned with body image and weight issues.
New Moon Publishing produces media for girls who want their voices heard and their dreams taken seriously, and for adults who care about girls. Through the website you can subscribe to the New Moon for Girls magazine or the New Moon Newsletter for adults. You can also find articles posted on various topics (feminist families and child-raising), items to browse in their store, and posted events across the nation.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
A feminist, humanist online magazine of critical thinking, dedicated to fostering collective responsibility for positive social change.
This site offers first-person accounts from people who suffer from eating disorders, information, as well as chat and resource links.
This site provides law, criminal justice, advocacy, and social service professionals with up-to-date information on interventions to stop violence against women.
The University of Wisconsin Library website offers a directory of women-focused magazines and newsletters that are accessible on the web. One can find anything in this directory, from journals on Asian women, lesbians of color to leadership issues, Legal concerns, motherhood, and feminist scholarship.
Gender: Men, Masculinity & Sexism
A study conducted on the messages sent by mainstream entertainment media to young men and boys in the United States about what it means “to be a man”.
Men Can Stop Rape (formerly Men’s Rape Prevention Project) empowers male youth and the institutions that serve them to work as allies with women in preventing rape and other forms of men’s violence. Through awareness-to-action education and community organizing, we promote gender equity and build men’s capacity to be strong without being violent.
This website lists the organizational history, programmatic offerings and connected links to the mission and work of the Men’s Resource Center: a vibrant, grassroots, community-based men’s center that is committed to “supporting men and challenging violence” in all its forms and
The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program was founded in 1993 by Jackson Katz at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society (CSSS). Designed to motivate student athletes and student leaders to play a central role in addressing rape, battering, and sexual harassment, issues that have historically been considered “women’s issues”.
An educational clearinghouse for teachers and facilitators in the mid-Atlantic states. This website also acts as a general resource center for all educators who are interested in different issues involved with education and equity.
The National Organization for Men Against Sexism is an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men. NOMAS advocates a perspective that is pro-feminist, gay-affirmative, anti-racist, and committed to justice on a broad range of social issues including class, age, religion, and physical abilities.
A Midwest multi-cultural and multi-issue progressive men’s organization whose mission is “to grow stronger communities by focusing on the unique opportunities of working with men and boys in our society. We offer quality trainings, research, evaluation reports, and a wide variety of experiences for individuals, groups, and organizations to increase their knowledge and skills for working with males.”
Race & Ethnic Studies
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committe (ADC)is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.
This page includes information on these areas in Asian American feminism: General Information, Aesthetics, History, Literature, and Politics.
Asian American Resources from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This site lists the social organizations, media outlets, and Asian American events that have websites.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a non-profit, grassroots membership organization, established to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America.
LGBT & Sexual Orientation Issues
This website offers chances to contact national legislators, sign up for e-mail updates, and search through legislative archives. Resources and training on school safety for LGBT youth is also available.
This resource was developed by a Rhode Island-based organization, Youth Pride, Inc. This booklet is designed to not only give school staff many valuable resources, but also to provide practical suggestions for helping to reduce homophobia within our schools. The ultimate goal is to ensure the safety of all students.
This website provides information on a non-profit organization started by a photographer and writer who created a traveling photo exhibit on LGBT families. Since then, they have expanded their projects to include families of different racial and ethnic backgrounds and families living with mental illness. Clips from the exhibit and information on the organization are posted on the
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
GLSEN is the leading national organization fighting to end anti-gay bias in K-12 schools. Their website contains a large collection of recent and archived news clippings, a library of resources for purchase, lesson plans, and activist information regarding how to combat homophobia within
This site offers many resources that focus on ending workplace discrimination, combating hate crimes, fighting HIV/AIDS, protecting families and working for better lesbian health. This site also offers political activist tools, such as the HRC’s Action Center, where you can send messages to your U.S. senators and representatives on the issues you care about.
The Commission works in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Education and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to create school- and community-based programs focusing on suicide prevention, violence intervention, and the promotion of zero- tolerance policies regarding harassment and discrimination against gay and lesbian youth.
The NGLTF website offers numerous resources, including tips for lobbying legislators, archives of policy initiatives, electoral strategy training, editorials and other news articles, and opportunities for fellowships and internships.
This international website provides information on queer media, health, politics, legal matters, culture and history, queer youth and families, and directories of organizations, newsletters, etc.
Diversity & Social Justice
This site is a clearinghouse for numerous resources dealing with Multicultural educational practices and curriculum design. Sections include: definitions, curriculum transformation, intercultural activities, discussion forum and multicultural library/superlinks.
This site provides film and book reviews, links to other multicultural organizations, quotes, and list serves to join. There are also opportunities to submit material to be posted on the website.
Founded in 1990, NAME provides resources and support that help educators promote “a philosophy of inclusion that embraces the basic tenets of cultural pluralism,” and “promoting cultural and ethnic diversity as a national strength.”
Informative educational and social justice journal designed by teachers and practitioners and created with a small number of staff, lots of volunteer passion, and hard work. It is geared for educators, activists, students and parents alike, with articles written by teachers, professors and often students as well. Their resources and links section is a “must see.”
Health & Prevention
This website lists additional links and resources and provides information on special adolescent health issues including: youth violence, tobacco, alcohol and the impact of the mass media.
A Matter of Degree is an $8.6 million, seven-year program of the American Medical Association designed to foster collaboration between participating universities and the communities in which they are located to address this important public health issue and improve the quality of life for all community residents.
The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Georgetown University monitors the marketing practices of the alcohol industry to focus attention and action on industry practices that jeopardize the health and safety of America’s youth.
The Higher Education Center’s purpose is to help college and community leaders develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies to reduce student problems related to alcohol and other drug use and interpersonal violence.
Youth Development & Youth Activism
Addresses human development needs in the U.S. and abroad. This site describes and links to many sites and programs related to youth development.
The AED Center for Youth Development and Policy Research (the Center) is a national capacity building intermediary. The mission of the Center is to create and strengthen the infrastructures that support the positive development of all youth.
WireTap provides readers with a weekly index of investigative news articles and provocative personal essays by and about young people that challenge stereotypes of race, gender, sexuality and lifestyle. WireTap is also a portal for other youth media groups. Their Youth Network page provides visitors with a map of existing youth media — including high school and college newspapers around the country — with short descriptions, contact info and direct links to their websites.
Offers opportunities to join and share ideas on children’s issues such as public policy, statistics, and how to act on children’s issues.
Develops and advocates community strategies that promote positive youth development through its direct, regional, and state membership.
Serves as the federal government’s primary vehicle for preventing drug use and violence among youth through school-based education and prevention activities. Provides a comprehensive approach through a state formula grant program that funds state and local education agencies and governors, and funds discretionary initiatives that respond to emerging national needs. This agency also collaborates with other federal agencies and organizations to develop national prevention initiatives. Develops and distributes prevention materials (print and video) to educators, administrators, parents, and others, free of charge. These materials can be obtained by calling 1-800-624-0100, or by e-mail from the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program website.
This website is an excellent place to find background on the specific school shooting incidents, read gripping editorials that gained national attention with their perspective on being an “outsider,” and search through pieces on the corporate media coverage and school violence hype.
A nonprofit organization that provides evidence-based social and emotional learning programs (including violence prevention and bullying prevention) to 7 million children in 21 countries.
Provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to develop, implement and support effective juvenile delinquency and victimization prevention programs.
CSPV works from a multi-disciplinary platform on the subject of violence. It facilitates the building of bridges between the research community, the practitioners, and policy makers. CSPV has a threefold mission. It offers a three-prong approach by collecting information, providing technical assistance and conducting data analysis.
Education & Curriculum Development
A source of curriculum materials and teacher training programs that focus on issues of peacemaking and conflict resolution.
An organization that helps teachers through professional development, support and classroom resources that encourage reflection and dialogue about tolerance and justice.
Non-profit organization promoting social and economic justice by offering multicultural resources, including books, videos, and posters.