Students learned about media literacy at a three-week media maker boot camp sponsored by PBS Guam KGTF Channel 12, Guam Governor’s Office, Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness of Guam and the Guam International Film Festival.
The program taught students the basics of media communication, from writing to video production, according to a PBS Guam press release.
The program began with media literacy classes and group activities to help students learn to recognize and understand how media messages influence day-to-day decision-making. Next, the students focused on creating their own media messages with technical assistance from PBS Guam and GIFF.
“Our work at PBS doesn’t end with television programming,” General Manager Ina V. Carillo said in the press release. “We have worked within the community to better and enrich the people of our island not only through television and other multimedia platforms, but also through entertainment and education.”
Students are now more aware of the media influences around them, according to Guam behavioral health director Theresa Arriola.
“Media literacy is a key skill for our young islanders, especially with the amount of media messages they are bombarded with on a daily basis, in their surroundings, on social media or even in conversations with their peers,” a- she declared. .