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Alums Lead Seattle Digital Literacy Initiative

Sarah Stuteville (May '10) and Jessica Partnow (Dec '06), who were both fellows and presenters in the KDMC's Multimedia Reporting and Convergence workshops, have partnered with the University of Washington's Department of Communication to provide digital media literacy training to K-12 students in Seattle.

The Seattle Digital Literacy Initiative training program will be housed at the University of Washington, which will provide funding for the project for two years. Other partners of the initiative include the World Affairs Council and the Seattle Times’ Newspapers in Education program.

Stuteville and Partnow, and a third partner, Alex Stonehill, are founders of The Common  Language Project (CLP), a non-profit multimedia journalism organization based in Seattle that covers under-reported local and international issues.

Stuteville and Partnow, who are part-time lecturers at the University of Washington and have taught courses in journalism, international reporting, web publishing and entrepreneurial journalism, will work with teachers and students in select elementary, middle and senior high schools. They will assist them in exploring contemporary media issues such as online privacy, the role of journalism in our democracy, how to find quality information online and international media coverage. Journalists from other local media outlets will also be recruited to make presentations and lead discussions.

The initiative will begin in January 2011 and will culminate with an intensive week-long summer journalism and media production camp on the University of Washington campus, that will provide students with the skills to research and tell the stories of their communities through media.