Critical construction of media is a vital and necessary step towards digital citizenship and full participation in our media culture. In this issue, we discuss the benefits of critical media production programs for students, and demonstrate how they can be successfully implemented in K-12 schools. In our research section, we explore the theory and practice of critical media construction in schools, including the responsibilities implied by global distribution of student content. Media literacy pioneer Barry Duncan passed away in June. In our news section, we pay tribute to his foundational contributions to media literacy education. Dain Olsen, an LA Unified School District media arts educator, teaches his students media literacy and media production skills on a daily basis.