DML: Dialogue and Difference: New Directions in Youth Media

 In this round table discussion, veteran youth media practitioners and researchers engage in a dialogue about the opportunities, trends, fissures, and aims of the emerging field of youth media as literacy practices expand from print to analog to digital. Their diverse experiences with a range of media, cultures, and global audiences are connected by insights into the impact and design of contemporary learning environments for youth media programs. The panelists present current research and models related to learning environments and best practices for the design of virtual worlds, data visualization, network technologies, mobile devices, and digital production tools with high-poverty youth in traditionally underserved populations of marginalized and minority youth. In the process, they offer field-tested strategies for the design of learning opportunities that support artistic expression, civic engagement, social justice and workforce development across diverse, international populations of rural and urban youth.