New Frontiers In Global Media Education

New Frontiers in Global Media Education highlights the birth, development, and growth of a dynamic educational program promoting global media literacy. The Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, a program born in summer 2007, annually gathers 50 students and a dozen of faculties for three weeks to create educational and multimedia products around media literacy, global citizenship, and freedom of expression. The Salzburg Academy, with more than 200 student and 30 faculty alumni from 25 countries, has created a curriculum that has been downloaded in more than 100 countries worldwide, and has enabled new forms of dialog across borders, across cultures, and across divides. This paper will show, in the context of other recent global media education initiatives, how the process of creating educational content also created a dynamic atmosphere for individual growth and transformation experienced by those who participated. Now in it is the fifth year, the Salzburg Academy stands to benefit the future information societies by offering resources to help maintain active and participatory journalists and citizens of the digital age.