Youth Media Matters

9780816691845: Hardback
Release Date: 15th January 2018

9780816691869: Paperback
Release Date: 15th January 2018


Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 208

University of Minnesota Press

Youth Media Matters

Participatory Cultures and Literacies in Education

Hardback / £86.00
Paperback / £21.99

In an information age of youth social movements, Youth Media Matters examines how young people are using new media technologies to tell stories about themselves and their social worlds. They do so through joint efforts in a range of educational settings and media environments, including high school classrooms, youth media organizations, and social media sites. Korina M. Jocson draws on various theories to show how educators can harness the power of youth media to provide new opportunities for meaningful learning and “do-it-together production.” Describing the impact that youth media can have on the broader culture, Jocson demonstrates how it supports expansive literacy practices and promotes civic engagement, particularly among historically marginalized youth.

In Youth Media Matters, Jocson offers a connective analysis of content area classrooms, career and technical education, literary and media arts organizations, community television stations, and colleges and universities. She provides examples of youth media work—including videos, television broadcasts, websites, and blogs—produced in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and St. Louis. At a time when educators are increasingly attentive to participatory cultures yet constrained by top-down pedagogical requirements, Jocson highlights the knowledge production and transformative potential of youth media with import both in and out of the classroom.

Korina M. Jocson is associate professor in the College of Education at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is author of Youth Poets: Empowering Literacies in and out of Schools and editor of Cultural Transformations: Youth and Pedagogies of Possibility.

"Korina M. Jocson synthesizes her work in an impressive piece of scholarship that helps us see how youth media production experiences support adolescent development, enhance learning in the content areas, promote creativity and self-expression, and advance appreciation for democratic practices of self-governance and civic engagement. She is a talented writer, and her clear, accessible prose is matched by considerable strength as a theorist."—Renee Hobbs, author of Discovering Media Literacy: Digital Media and Popular Culture in Elementary School