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Jonathan Friesem

University of Rhode Island

United States of America - Kingston


Jonathan Friesem is a PhD student in the joint doctoral program in Education at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. As the assistant director of the Media Education Lab at the Harrington School of Communication and Media his work and research in media literacy focus on the opportunities to improve cognitive and socio-emotional skills of teenagers in formal and informal settings.

Jonathan is an award winning filmmaker who founded two media departments in high school in Israel while being a board member of the national media production curriculum. After moving to the USA for his doctoral studies, Jonathan worked with at-risk students on the different media literacy curriculum he designed. Last year, with three partners he founded the CF Digital media center in one of the poorest and toughest city in RI.

His current research evaluates the process of cognitive and emotional self-regulation of teenagers groups who produce videos in the classroom. Using, face-to-face computer mediated communication and video production technique, Jonathan explores how media production enhances the adolescents’ self-regulation, executive functioning, and empathy.

For more information see http://mediaeducationlab.com/about/jonathan-yonty-friesem