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The LAMP’s September Illuminations

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~the latest news from The LAMP~

We’ve been busy here at the LAMP! On August 9, we joined Microsoft, Google, Symantec and others at the first-ever NYCyberSafety Summit at City Hall, hosted by Speaker Christine Quinn (our own D.C. Vito is on her right in the photo above). The LAMP was honored to be the only local non-profit organization invited to the event. We met many new people from all over New York City who expressed a strong interest in scheduling a workshop with us, and who wanted to learn more about they can become more media literate. As many of you already know, few things make the LAMP shine brighter than new opportunities to promote media literacy!

The LAMP also appeared at Cradle to College, an event sponsored by State Senator Eric Adams. Many organizations came together to help people learn more about how they can get involved in their communities, and how they can prepare themselves for a college education. Executive Director D.C. Vito and veteran LAMP facilitator Alejandra Ramos also gave a presentation to teens on Cyber Wellness (photo below).

The LAMP is thrilled to have made it to the top ten list of finalists for Artisan Talent’s “Match That Gives Back” Creative Competition. While we didn’t make it to the final three, we were ecstatic to have been invited to compete. Our proposal would have helped bring media literacy into the daily lives of people throughout the city, and even though we did not advance in the competition, we still intend to bring the idea to life.

Look out for LAMPLit! We are putting the finishing touches on our very first resource guide, and we have plans for many more LAMPLit resource guides. Engaging, concise and fun, LAMPLit guides will help you make smart choices in a digital world, and can be downloaded for free from our website. We have several ideas for future LAMPLit guides, but please feel free to send us an email and let us know if you have a particular topic you’d like us to cover. Stay tuned to our blog to find out when guides become available.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the LAMP, why not volunteer? Our rapid growth means that we are needing more help and can use people to assist in classrooms, help out at events, edit videos, design graphics and more. To find out more, send us an email explaining what you’d like to do, how much time you can give us and your age.


~Amanda Daly~

Occupation: Director of Education at the Center for the Urban Environment (CUE).

Favorite websites:
Grist, New York Times,

Favorite books:Devil in the White City, My Antonia, Time Traveler’s Wife.

How does media literacy tie in to your work at CUE? At the Center, our focus is to educate people about their local built and
natural environment. Media literacy is a vehicle which supports this exploration and helps us further our mission in a creative way.

As an educator, how do you see media being used in schools?Young people are well versed in certain areas of media and I believe are less literate in others. As access to media increases, education about how to use media is a necessity. Schools presently have the opportunity to work with organizations like LAMP to explore the messages and impact media have on education and young people. This is an opportunity that
should not be missed and can be as important as science and math literacy.


~a look back at this month in media history~

September 14, 1741: Composer George Frederick Handel finished Messiah after working on it nonstop for 23 days. Its Hallelujah chorus remains one of the most recognizable songs in classical music.

September 25, 1690: The first American newspaper was published. A single edition of Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick
appeared in Boston, however, British authorities considered the newspaper offensive and ordered its immediate suppression.

September 26, 1960: The first-ever televised presidential debate occurred between presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. Many who watched were inclined to say Kennedy ‘won’ the debate, while those who listened only to the radio thought Nixon did better. Nixon, who declined to use makeup, appeared somewhat haggard looking on TV in contrast to Kennedy.


Shining light on our multimedia lives