This article describes my experience as an academic media librarian initially seeking guidance on best support practices for the virtual world from other media literacy educators at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. What I found through the Virtual Viral Hangouts community turned out to be so much more! In addition to sharing tips on media literacy education (my contribution emphasized commercial media resources and student created media projects in virtual contexts), I also developed dear friendships with participants from all walks of life. The one hour a day spent away from my daily work served as a lifeline, providing space for much needed self-care that sustained me during a very challenging time while expanding my knowledge of media literacy education practices.
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Spicer, S. (2021). Viral Hangouts: The media literacy lifeline I didn’t realize I needed. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 13(3), 149-152. https://doi.org/10.23860/JMLE-2021-13-3-15