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Kent State to Premiere 'This is Media' Documentary Film on Feb. 20

Posted Feb. 6, 2014

Kent State University is one of only 15 universities across the country to receive a grant from the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to screen “Eyes Wide Open: This is Media,” a documentary that explores individual roles in the changing media landscape. Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) will host the premiere on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the FirstEnergy Auditorium, 340 Franklin Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
    Produced by Pivot TV, the documentary is a call to awareness about the critical balance between being connected, being responsible and being private.
    “This is a must see and eye-opening video for everyone, especially millennials engaged with social or traditional media,” said JMC professor Federico Subervi, a NAMLE member.
    After the screening, Subervi will moderate a panel discussion featuring Chris Quinn, senior vice president of content for the Northeast Ohio Media Group; Thor Wasbotten, JMC director; Karl Idsvoog and Jan Leach, JMC professors; and Kathryn Coduto, a senior electronic media major.
    NAMLE is organizing a series of screenings and discussions at select universities around the country to engage educators and students in discussions related to the documentary. Pivot TV is a division of Participant Media, which produces films and social awareness campaigns; their work includes Academy Award-honored films like “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Syriana” and “The Help.”