Media Literacy Summit 2023


Wege Auditorium

1130 Wealthy St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Starts: 9:30AM
Doors: 9:00AM
Duration: All Day!

GRTV of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center and the Grand Rapids Public Library invite community members to its inaugural Media Literacy Summit Saturday, May 13.


From 9:30 am - 5:00pm, GRTV and GRPL invite community members to the historic Wealthy Theatre at 1130 Wealthy St. SE to enjoy a day of workshops, panel discussions and a documentary screening. This free public event aims to increase media literacy in the Grand Rapids community.


The summit will feature four different immersive workshops that educate participants about the media creation process. These workshops include podcasting, stop motion animation, video production and zine making.


Attendees will be able to listen to three panel discussions from a diverse group of media professionals. Panel topics include:

10:00am - News deserts and the importance of local news

With Elizabeth Drouillard, Candor Media, Grand Rapids reporter; Sam Easter, freelance reporter; John Hair, former CNN producer and Denavvia Mojet, local political reporter.

11:30am - Media Literacy 101

With keynote speaker Sue Ellen Christian, a professor of communication at Western Michigan University and author of “Everyday Media Literacy: An Analog Guide for Your Digital Life.”

2:30pm - Diversity and representation in the media

With Tommy Allen, Rapid Growth Media lifestyle editor; Kylie Ambu, WGVU inclusion reporter; Phil Tower, WYCE director and Victor Williams, GR MiFi CEO.

4:00pm - Grassroots and DIY media

With Sean Kenny of Pickle Fort; Linda Otterbridge, Hook A Sista Up podcast creator; Joshua Sikkema, Black Pigeon Studios owner and George Wietor, printmaker.

In addition to workshops and panel discussions, attendees also have the option to watch the documentary, “Trust Me,” at 1 p.m. in the Wealthy Theatre micro cinema.


Funding for this event was provided by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation.

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