USU and UofT host “meeting of the minds” on kids’ online media production

TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2014 -- Utah State University in participation with The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information hosted some of the biggest names in kid’s online media for an exclusive workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.

This event brought together prominent industry members, academics, and children’s advocates to discuss children’s cultural rights as online content producers and explore the initial findings of the Kids’ DIY Media project. This is a massive, multi-site research venture being led by Dr. Deborah A. Fields (Utah State University) and Dr. Sara Grimes (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto). The overall goal of the study is to survey the technologies, users and stakeholder interests involved in the children’s online DIY media phenomenon. The project partners aim to generate ideas on how to support innovation and inclusivity in this field.

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List of invited participants:

Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Common Sense Media, Toronto International Film Festival Inc., MediaSmarts,  Gamercamp Jr., Storybird Inc., Untold Entertainment Inc., and Zinc Roe Inc.; researchers from Centennial College, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto and Utah State University; and several others from important industry and academic institutions internationally.

For further information, contact: Dr. Deborah A. Fields at

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