Renee Hobbs

Summer 2012 Mentor

Renee Hobbs is Professor and Founding Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island, a new communication school that brings together existing departments and programs in Journalism, Film/Media, Communication Studies, Public Relations, Writing & Rhetoric and a graduate program in Library and Information Studies. In her work at the Media Education Lab (, she has just completed the Powerful Voices for Kids project, which explores practices of digital media literacy in PK – 6 formal and informal urban education. She is the author of Digital and Media Literacy: Connecting Classroom to Culture (Corwin/Sage, 2011) and Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning (Corwin/Sage, 2010). She is the 2012 Digital Literacy Fellow for the American Library Association’s Office of Information Technology Policy. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education and she co-founded the National Association for Media Literacy Education (