Digital Video: Engaging Students in Critical Media Literacy and Community Activism | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 10, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN: 1539-7785
  • E-ISSN: 2048-0717


This article presents a strategy for teaching health communication that fosters critical media literacy through the strategic combination of digital video, documentary film, video worksheets, and peer-reviewed journal articles. Given the media-saturated environment in which notions of health are shaped, critical media literacy skills are crucial to students in health-related fields. Cases of key concepts illustrated through documentary films and the peer-reviewed literature are presented. The article then explores how one class took the lead in designing a community event that critically engaged both a YouTube video and a documentary film about police brutality as a public health issue.


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