Partnership Sharpens Students’ Media Literacy

Dardanelle High School-ATU SPJ Media Literacy Contest 2022
Arkansas Tech University students and Society of Professional Journalists members Destini Nguyen (left) and Madison VanderKooi (right) presented Dardanelle High School student Lily Caudell with her media literacy contest award in the visual representation category. Not photographed: Daniel Salgado, winner in the written category.

Students at Dardanelle High School had the opportunity to improve their media literacy during the fall 2022 semester through a partnership between the school and the Arkansas Tech University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

ATU students made presentations on the topic of media literacy to two digital marketing classes taught by Ashley Turney. The Dardanelle students subsequently participated in a competition that challenged them to create a written or visual project about media literacy and its influence in their lives.

Lily Caudell won in the visual representation category and Daniel Salgado won in the written category.

“This is the second year we have partnered with Mrs. Turney and DHS,” said Megan Toland, assistant professor of journalism at ATU and advisor for the ATU SPJ chapter. “The Tech students and I are grateful for the opportunity to share about such an important concept. The high school students really put a lot of effort into their submissions and we enjoyed reviewing them. It’s a neat partnership to see Tech students and high school students working together.”

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