Jessie McCanse Award Recipients


 2018  Henry Jenkins 

Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Art and Education at the University of Southern California, founder and former director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program, prolific author and editor of more than 17 books on media and popular culture.


2018  Carolyn Wilson

Educator, author and consultant in media and information literacy and global education for over 30 years in schools, libraries, NGOs, media industries, and governments around the world. Currently on the Faculty of Education, Western University, Canada and Chair of GAPMIL, a UNESCO Alliance.


2018  Bill Siemering

Pioneer radio innovator and advocate, member of the founding board of NPR, founder of Developing Radio Partners, nurturing independent radio in the developing world.


2018  Marilyn Cohen

Director of the Northwest Center for Excellence in Media Literacy, College of Education, University of Washington (UW) and Executive Director of the Seattle-based nonprofit Action for Media Education.


2015  Martin Rayala, Ph.D.

Art, Media and Design Education Consultant, founder of MADEx and GameChanger Institute, past president of NTC, editorial board of The Journal of Media Literacy

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2013  Frank Baker

Consultant, educator, speaker, author, founder of the nationally recognized Media Literacy Clearinghouse online resource, South Carolina 


2013  Tessa Jolls

President and CEO of the Center for Media Literacy since 1999, founder of the Consortium for Media Literacy, speaker, writer, consultant, Los Angeles, California 


2013  Barrie McMahon

Distinguished Australian pioneer, teacher mentor, author and founder of the Western Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) 


2010  Idit Harel Caperton, Ph.D.

Visionary researcher, entrepreneur, and innovator, Founder of MaMaMedia and the World Wide Workshop Foundation for Children's Media Technology & Learning 


2010  Cary Bazalgette

Educator, author, researcher, and voice of the British Film Institute's Education Initiatives, London, England


2007  Chris Worsnop

Pioneering educator, author, critic, actor, producer, and poet in media literacy, Ontario, Canada 


2007  Sr Rose Pacatte, FSP

Daughter of St. Paul, founding Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Boston, and Director of its Los Angeles Western branch educator, author, critic, actor, producer, and poet in media literacy, Ontario, CA


2005  David Buckingham

Professor of Education, Institute of Education, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, London University, UK, author and co-author of eighteen books 


2004  Rich Fehlman, Ph.D.

Professor of English, University of Northern Iowa, past Chair of National Council of Teachers of English, Assembly on Media Arts


2003  Len Masterman

Lecturer in Education, University of Nottingham, England, Consultant to UNESCO and the Council of Europe, author of Teaching the Media, 1985 


2001  Neil Andersen

English and Media Consultant, Toronto District School Board, Former Media teacher, Toronto High Schools, Canada 


2000  Kathleen Tyner

President & CEO, Hi-Beam Consulting, Founder, Strategies for Media Literacy, University of Texas, Austin 


1996  Jean-Pierre Golay

Former Director, Centre d'Initiation aux Communications (CIC), Lausanne, Switzerland, retired. 


1995  John Pungente, SJ

Jesuit Communication Project, President of the Canadian Association of Media Education Organizations (CAMEO), Toronto, Canada 


1994  Hon. Lee Dreyfus, Ph.D.

Former Governor of the State of Wisconsin, former Chancellor and Professor of Communications, UW-Stevens Point 


1994  David Considine, Ph.D.

Professor, Appalachian State University, Coordinator of the Graduate Degree Program in Media Literacy, Boone, N.C. 


1994  Madlyn Steinhart

Canarsie Junior High School Teacher, Brooklyn, N.Y. Founder, Educators of Media and Telecommunications 


1990  John Brammall

Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Education, University of Tasmania-Launceston, retired.


1989  Barry Duncan

Head of English, School of Experiential Education, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. Co-founder, Association for Media Literacy (AML).


1988  Mary Moen

Madison West High School Speech/Communications Teacher, retired, Madison, Wisconsin


1987  Susan Dreyfus Fosdick

Madison West High School Speech/ Communications Teacher, retired, Madison, Wisconsin