Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Communication & Journalism

Last updated May 2018

The ACRL IS Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee has gathered links and citations to information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education in Communication and Journalism.

1. Standards or Guidelines from Accrediting Agencies & Professional Associations

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. “Principles of Accreditation.”

Association of College & Research Libraries. “Information Literacy Competency Standards for Journalism Students and Professionals.” (October 2011).

Commission on Public Relations Education. “Fast Forward: Foundations and Future State, Educators and Practitioners.” (2017).

International Communication Association. “Guiding Principles.” (See “ICA General Statement on Standards”)

Journalism Education Association. “Standards for Journalism Educators.”

National Association for Media Literacy Education. “Core Principles of Media Literacy Education.”

National Communication Association. “Learning Outcomes in Communication.”

2. Related Research

Ashley, Seth. 2015. “Media Literacy in Action? What Are We Teaching in Introductory College Media Studies Courses?” Journalism & Mass Communication Educator 70, no. 2: 161-173.

Boss, Katherine E., Kristina M. De Voe, Stacy R. Gilbert, Carolina Hernandez, Megan Heuer, April Hines, Jeffrey A. Knapp, Rayla E. Tokarz, Chimene E. Tucker, and Kristina E. Williams. 2019. “Reporting in the “Post-Truth” Era.” Paper presented at ACRL 2019 Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, April 10-13.

Cramer, Linsay M. 2015. “Teaching the Foundations of Media Literacy in the Basic Communication Course.” Forensic 100, no. 1: 13-32.

Evanson, Cara, and James Sponsel. 2019.  From Syndication to Misinformation: How Undergraduate Students Engage with and Evaluate Digital News. Communications in Information Literacy 13, no. 2: 228-250.

Fedorov, Alexander, and Anastasia Levitskaya. 2015. “The Framework of Media Education and Media Criticism in the Contemporary World: The Opinion of International Experts.” Comunicar 23, no. 45: 107-115.

Fernandez-Villavicencio, Nieves González. 2010. “Helping Students Become Literate in a Digital, Networking-Based Society: A Literature Review and Discussion.” International Information & Library Review 42 no.2: 124-136.

Head, Alison, Barbara Fister, and Margy MacMillan. 2020. “Information Literacy in the Age of Algorithms: Student Experiences with News and Information, and the Need for Change.” Project Information Literacy.

Hobbs, Renee. 2010. Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action. Washington, D.C.: Aspen Institute.

Kenning, Marie-Madeleine. 2006. “Evolving Concepts and Moving targets: Communicative Competence and the Mediation of Communication.” International Journal of Applied Linguistics 16, no.3: 363-388.

Koltay, Tibor. 2011. “The Media and the Literacies: Media Literacy, Information Literacy, Digital Literacy.” Media, Culture & Society 33, no.2: 211-221.

Lee, Alice and So, Clement. 2014. “Media Literacy and Information Literacy: Similarities and Differences.” Communicar 21, no. 42: 137-145.

MacMillan, Margy Elizabeth. 2014. “Fostering the integration of information literacy and journalism practice: a long-term study of journalism students.” Journal of Information Literacy 8, no.2: 3-22

Meyer, Kevin R., Stephen K. Hunt, Megan K. Hopper, Kashmira V. Thakkar, Vicky Tsoubakopoulos & Kaylee J. Van Hoose. 2008. “Assessing Information Literacy Instruction in the Basic Communication Course.” Communication Teacher 22 no.1: 22-34.

Morreale, Sherwyn P. & Judy C. Pearson. 2008. “Why Communication Education is Important: The Centrality of the Discipline in the 21st Century.” Communication Education 57, no.2: 224-240.

Nijboer, Jelke, and Esther Harnmelburg. 2010. “Extending Media Literacy: A New Direction for Libraries.” New Library World 111, no.1/2: 36-45.

Pagell, Ruth A., and Rajen Munoo. 2010. “Information Literacy for the Information Literate: A Model and Case Study From the Wuhan UNESCO Training the Trainers in Information Literacy Program.” International Information & Library Review 42 no. 2: 84-90.

Schmidt, Hans C. 2013. “Addressing Media Literacy Within Higher Education: A Comparison of Faculty and Student Perceptions.” Northwest Journal of Communication 41, no.1: 133-159.

Singh, Annmarie B. 2005. “A Report on Faculty Perceptions of Students’ Information Literacy Competencies in Journalism and Mass Communication Programs: The ACEJMC Survey.” College & Research Libraries 66, no.4: 294-310.

Westby, Carol. 2010. “Multiliteracies.” Topics in Language Disorders 30, no.1: 64-71.

3. Adaptable Instructional Materials

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). “Teaching Resources.”

Community of Online Research Assignments (CORA). “Communication Studies.”

International Visual Literacy Association. “Visual Literacy Resources.”

Journalism Education Association. “JEA Curriculum Initiative.” (Available to members only)

Sjoberg, Lisa M., and Stephanie L. Ahlfeldt. 2010. “Bridging the Gap: Integrating Information Literacy into Communication Courses.” Communication Teacher 24, no.3: 131-135. (Describes a research portfolio assignment developed by librarians in collaboration with faculty for an introductory public speaking course.)