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Berry's research interests include media ecology, media literacy, critical pedagogies, and critique of mass media. Overarching themes in Berry's work include media literacy education theory, practice and policy; mass media critique and media activism; and the study of media environments and human engagement. Berry was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, a Fulbright researcher in Kosovo, and has a B.F.A. in Film and an M.S. in Media Studies. Berry currently serves as Maine Chapter Leader for Media Literacy Now, Board and Marketing Committee Member for the Maine Fulbright Association, and as the Graduate Media Fellow for the Maine SSN Chapter.
In the News
Examines current trends in media literacy education and the failure to address the racial dimensions of fake news and misinformation. Discusses a new model for teaching about racial misrepresentations in news media as forms of fake news and misinformation is explicated, as well as practical applications of the model.
Teaches news literacy during a pandemic: Adapting to the virtual learning environment. Mentions practical applications for adapting a news literacy curriculum across a variety of modalities and audiences
Opportunities and constraints for teaching news literacy. Shows case study of a community news literacy program, lessons learned, and implications for the future of news literacy education.
Analyzes news literacy workshop designed from a collaborative critical media and information literacy perspective. Examines the value of deep collaboration across converging literacies, best practices for teaching news literacy in the digital age, and the constraints of 'fake news' narratives on teaching and learning.