EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect that State Department officials attended the presentation, but did not show up.
Whether it’s commercials, shows, or even news, media literacy is essential to everyday life. Being media savvy means being able to know that the updated portion of Saturday Night Live news is satire and not real news.
The importance of literacy is supported at COD by major news that COD students can now receive a certificate from the Mass Communication program.
Two COD mass communication professors, Joseph Goldberg, Sandy Fries, and MPTV professor Tony Venezia, spoke about the College of DuPage’s media literacy program on Jan. 13. Four US State Department officials, including Deputy Assistant Secretary Ethan Rosenzweig and Director of the State Office of the Department of Global Education Programs Anthony Koliha attended the meeting alongside them. In addition, international students from the CCI program participated in the presentation.
The CCI program (Community College Initiative), welcomed 18 international students from around the world, to participate and enroll in COD courses. Most international students are enrolled in mass communication courses.
“COD was selected as one of the participating community colleges in the Department of State’s Media Literacy Program with international students coming from various colleges to focus on mass communications and media literacy. Me and the other two professors were representing COD,” Goldberg said.
Having a unique professional background, Goldberg was an interesting part of the presentation. From a marketer at the CIA to a political consultant for Motorola, Goldberg has talked about how important media literacy and mass communication were in different aspects of his career. For example, being able to understand the messages he was receiving and how to communicate with customers.
Din Hodzic, an international student from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who took part in the presentation, thinks it is important for people to distinguish what is true or false.
“Media literacy is linked to all aspects of communication, from social media to television and newspapers, so being able to distinguish and filter the messages you receive can only be achieved through media literacy. media,” Hodzic said.
Regarding social media, Hodzic believes that social media and its various platforms are not entirely affected by media literacy.
“You are media savvy if you can tell good news from bad news,” Hodzic said. “Social media is just one part of media literacy where either you know how to understand social platforms or you don’t.”
One of the important topics discussed during the media literacy presentation was the fact that due to the CCI program, COD students will receive a degree in Mass Communication.
“Mass Communication courses provide students with a wide variety of experiences and issues that can make them a viable platform to offer a certificate in the knowledge gained through this program,” Goldberg said.
“To be able to receive a certificate is amazing,” Hodzic said, “I’m not aware of all the details, but what I do know is that not only can we receive a COD certificate, which is an achievement important in our early career, but now, for the first time, every COD student can receive a certificate in mass communication. It’s a great achievement, and I’m grateful that our program has achieved this.
The media literacy presentation was originally scheduled to take place in Washington. Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, the presentation has been moved to three different states, Washington, Texas and Illinois. Unfortunately, the presentation was postponed to a Zoom meeting where attendees would be safer from the pandemic.
“It was an interesting, useful and entertaining presentation,” Hodzic said. Unfortunately, not being able to travel to Washington wasn’t an exciting update, but these are the new circumstances, so we all have to accept and come to terms with them. After all, it was a remarkable event.
College of DuPage now equips students with the ability to comprehend, communicate, and understand media using media literacy and its aspects through its mass communication courses and new diploma.
For more information on the mass communication program at COD, visit: https://www.cod.edu/academics/programs/mass_communication/
Additional information about the CCI program: https://www.cod.edu/student_life/resources/intl_student_services/community-college-initiative/