National Association for Media Literacy Education Conference 2019
June 26-28, 2019
Washington, D.C.

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for the 2019 Conference. The submission deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting submissions. 

Locations: Newseum, American University, New America, Aspen Institute
Theme: “A Path Forward: Elevating Conversation, Unifying Voices”
Proposal Submission Deadline: No longer accepting submissions

The field of media literacy has experienced explosive growth since the 2016 elections and the proliferation of the Fake News crisis, but media literacy is more than just Fake News. Join us to explore ways in which educators, researchers, and practitioners from diverse fields from within and outside of media literacy education can work with other participants of the conference to create innovative tools, practices, and strategies for moving media literacy beyond Fake News.

Our mission for the 2019 NAMLE Conference is to provide a platform for including voices from diverse disciplines as we explore the future of media literacy in a rapidly shifting media landscape. In these unprecedented times, we must work together as a community to move forward the field of media literacy. In order to achieve this goal, we have planned a conference with innovative session formats and built-in networking opportunities to facilitate the sharing and discussion of new ideas. We invite presentation and session proposals that address the conference theme of “A Path Forward: Elevating Conversation, Unifying Voices.”

The 2019 NAMLE Conference will be held at several locations across Washington, D.C. including Newseum, American University, New America, Aspen Institute, and more! Each location provides unique experiences, resources, and educational opportunities which will facilitate discourse, awareness, and social change. During the conference, the media literacy community and its stakeholders will come together to share resources, discuss issues related to media literacy, and discover ways to elevate these ideas across disciplines. In an effort to provide a variety of opportunities for interaction, discussion, and collaboration among attendees, the 2019 conference will include a range of events including plenary speakers, research presentations, classroom demonstrations, interactive resource demonstrations, professional development opportunities, round tables as social deliberation, town hall discussions, student work showcase, and opportunities for networking. Each session, workshop, or discussion will address the theme, “A Path Forward: Elevating Conversation, Unifying Voices” through a variety of areas of interest including (but not limited to):  

  • Privacy & digital citizenship
  • Misinformation & propaganda  
  • Policy & education reform
  • Production, creation & youth voices
  • Social justice & civic media
  • Activism & sustainability
  • Media representations & learning
  • Health & science communication
  • Pedagogical practices & professional development
  • The history & legacy of Media Literacy


Proposal submissions include individual and group presentations, discussions, interactive workshops and other innovative formats. We encourage educators, media professionals, students, activists, and scholars from any field who are interested in furthering media literacy education to submit a proposal. Proposals will be given special consideration if they (1) offer a fresh point of view of an issue within the field of media literacy education (2) articulate concrete connections to the conference theme, and (3) demonstrate the potential for dynamic discussion and shared discovery.

Presenters can select from the following presentation formats:

  • Research Symposium (pre-conference 06.26.19): Each researcher will be seated at a round table and will have the opportunity to present their research every 10 minutes, four consecutive times. Audience members will be seated at each table, moving to a new research presentation every 10 minutes. Following the 45 minutes of roundtable presentations, all audience members will participate in a 15-minutes Q&A session with the presenter of their choice. This format is only for the June 26th research symposium at the American University.
  • Ideas Fair: This format allows individuals or groups to conduct an interactive demonstration of a practice, research, or tool as often as desired over the course of a two hour period. These presentations will take place in a large, communal space where attendees will have the ability to walk freely between asynchronous presentations, allowing ample time for interaction with presentators to ask questions or network.
  • Classroom demo: The classroom demo will consist of educators and practitioners turning their presentation space into a classroom! The audience will become the “class” and the presenter will provide a demonstration of a full 45 minute media literacy lesson followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

Alternative formats:

  • Student Showcase: Students are encouraged to submit their media literacy work, research, project, or idea for presentation during a 45 minute breakout session. Students must be present to demonstrate their submission.
  • Resources Smackdown: Do you have a great resource or tool that everyone needs to know about? Submit your resource for inclusion in the Resources Smackdown, a 45 minute collaborative Google Slide presentation during which each presenter has 2 minutes to present their resource or tool for the audience.


Presentations will undergo a blind review, and then be organized by the conference committee into general and curated sessions. Review feedback will be sent in January following the conference committee’s peer-review and selection process. You will be notified if your proposal was accepted or rejected along with feedback for your submission. Because NAMLE is a not-for-profit organization, the financial viability of the conference depends on the support of everyone who attends. Presenters are required to register and submit the registration fee for the conference and the symposium. Registration information will be available on the NAMLE conference website at that time.


All accepted proposals will be required to submit an engaging image/video to promote their presentation. Selected research presentations from the conference will be invited for publication in the Journal of Media Literacy Education.

The submission portal is now closed. We are no longer accepting submission for Conference 2019.