In the past, the Chicago/ Midwest Chapter of the TV Academy participated extensively in a public service initiative called Creating Critical Viewers. The program is now closed. CCV was a media literacy program for students. Since 1995, this chapter donated more than 1200 curriculum guides and videos to schools, teachers, and organizations. Creating Critical Viewers taught young people how to watch television with a critical eye to news gathering, production techniques, stereotypes, and conflict resolution. Chicago/Midwest CCV worked with schools and other educational and non-profit organizations in the Chicago area and suburbs, surrounding Illinois counties, northern Indiana, and southern Wisconsin. In one special partnership with News in Education (NIE) and the Chicago Tribune, CCV created student supplements and teacher curriculum guides for grades 4 – 8, which were based on the original program materials. Over 26,000 students participated in the program.
For more information on Creating Critical Viewers, contact the Chicago TV Academy office at (312) 369-8600 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Old curriculums are still available for qualified teachers.