Today I heard about two organizations that offered teens a chance to engage in media production by creating Public Service Announcements (PSA’s). Just as writing skills are a key element in print literacy, media production is essential for enhancing media literacy.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy held a contest for young filmmakers, resulting in PSA’s for their campaign "Sex Has Consequences."
Another organization offering teen-produced media is Scenarios USA. This group asked teens to write about issues such as peer pressure, body image, and commitment, then turned their stories into short films produced by some of Hollywood’s finest filmmakers (including the directors of Sex and the City, Wag the Dog, and Meet the Parents).