Marilyn Cohen, Action for Media Education (AME) Executive Director, has been honored with the 2018 Jessie McCanse Award, deemed the “Nobel Prize” of media literacy.
The National Telemedia Council (NTC) recognizes individuals whose longtime contributions to media literacy exemplify the high principles and dedication of the NTC founder. The NTC, a national non-profit founded in 1953, is the oldest ongoing media literacy organization in the United States.
AME congratulates the four recipients: Marilyn Cohen of Seattle, Washington, Henry Jenkins of Los Angeles, California, Bill Siemering of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Carolyn Wilson of Ontario, Canada.
Marilyn Cohen is Director of the Northwest Center for Excellence in Media Literacy, College of Education, University of Washington (UW) and Executive Director of the Seattle-based nonprofit Action for Media Education. She is a Research Associate Professor and was chair for the first Research Summit for media literacy at the National Association for Media Literacy Education held in St. Louis in 2007. Her work at the UW has received major support throughout the years for its focus on health issues such as teen pregnancy prevention, substance abuse prevention, violence prevention, and nutrition education for parents and their children.
Please see the NTC press release for brief bios of all the recipients and further information.