About the Conference

The 2023 Northeast Media Literacy Conference builds on over two decades of experience facilitating intellectual exchange and community building across disciplinary and geographic boundaries to advance the field of media literacy education. Founded in 2003 by Dr. Thomas Goodkind, the conference was supported by the University of Connecticut School of Education for 11 years. After a few years' hiatus, in 2017 NMLC was resurrected by Yonty Friesem and hosted by Central Connecticut State University. The 2018 and 2019 conferences (then the Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference) were produced by Carolyn Fortuna, in 2018 hosted by the University of Rhode Island College of Education and Professional Studies and in 2019 hosted by the Feinstein College of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College. In 2020, produced by Pat Steager and Michelle Ciccone, NMLC took place online for the first time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2023, the Northeast Media Literacy Conference aims to foster international collaboration and momentum on some of media literacy education's most pressing issues.

2023 Co-Chairs

Michelle Ciccone is a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Department of Communication. Previously she was a K-12 technology integration specialist, and she continues to build media literacy and critical digital citizenship curriculum for middle and high school grades. Michelle was formerly a research assistant at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and in 2019 was awarded 3rd place in AEJMC’s Best Practices in Teaching Media Literacy competition. You can follow her on Twitter at @MMFCiccone.

Iglika Ivanova is a PhD candidate and a lecturer at Sofia University, Bulgaria, working on a dissertation thesis on the online platform’s liability in the European Union and the United Kingdom. She is also a member of the Media Literacy Coalition in Bulgaria that organizes the annual Media Literacy Days campaign in the country and of the Ministry of Culture's Expert Council of Media Literacy. Her research interests gravitate toward the challenges at the intersection of media, technology and democracy. She is a passionate Wikipedian and has closely followed the development of the music and video game industry over the past 20 years.


The Media Education Lab is a proud supporter of the Northeast Media Literacy Conference. The Media Education Lab is a community of learners that builds the future of media education through dialogue, mentoring, research and advocacy. By offering inclusive and interdisciplinary leadership development, we advance the field of media education.

Past Conferences

15th NMLC - 2020 Conference

13th & 14th NRMLC - 2018/2019 Conferences

12th NMLC - 2017 Conference

11th NMLC - 2013 Conference

10th NMLC - 2012 Conference

9th NMLC - 2011 Conference

8th NMLC - 2010 Conference

7th NMLC - 2009 Conference

6th NMLC - 2008 Conference

5th NMLC - 2007 Conference

4th NMLC - 2006 Conference

3rd NMLC - 2005 Conference

2nd NMLC - 2004 Conference

1st NMLC - 2003 Conference