Viral Hangouts: The media literacy lifeline I didn’t realize I needed

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This article describes my experience as an academic media librarian initially seeking guidance on best support practices for the virtual world from other media literacy educators at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. What I found through the Virtual Viral Hangouts community turned out to be so much more! In addition to sharing tips on media literacy education (my contribution emphasized commercial media resources and student created media projects in virtual contexts), I also developed dear friendships with participants from all walks of life. The one hour a day spent away from my daily work served as a lifeline, providing space for much needed self-care that sustained me during a very challenging time while expanding my knowledge of media literacy education practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-152
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Media Literacy Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021

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© 2021 Author(s). This is an open access, peer-reviewed article published by Bepress and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. JMLE is the official journal of NAMLE.


  • Community of practice
  • Media literacy
  • Media resources
  • Student-created media
  • Virtual instruction


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