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• September 01, 2007 -
RFP now available for TISSAM (Take It Seriously: Sex And Media):

• July 19, 2006 -
Just launched: MyPopStudio.com, a creative online play experience that strengthens critical thinking skills about television, music, magazines and online media directed at girls. Users select from four behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn more about mass media: the Magazine Studio; the TV Studio; the Music Studio; and the Digital Studio. Users can edit their own reality show, create their own pop star, or turn into a celebrity to see how it feels! My Pop Studio was created by a team of researchers and media professionals at the Media Education Lab, located at Temple University's School of Communication and Theater in the Department of Broadcast Telecommunication and Mass Media. New AMLA Board member Sherri Hope Culver and AMLA member Renee Hobbs led the production team.

• July 18, 2006 - www.comercialfreechildhood.org
Coke No Longer a Social Choice;
TIAA-CREF Removes Coca-Cola from Socially Screened Fund

After a grassroots campaign led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Child (CCFC) and the Make TIAA-CREF Ethical coalition, the pension giant TIAA-CREF announced today that it had removed The Coca-Cola Company from its CREF Social Choice Account, the world’s largest socially screened fund for individual investors. The move comes after KLD Research and Analytics, a world leader in defining corporate responsibility standards, removed The Coca-Cola Company from its Broad Market Social Index (BMSI). As of December 31, 2005, the CREF Social Choice Account held 1,250,500 shares of Coca-Cola common stock valued at more than $50 million.

• July 14, 2006 -
Up in Smoke: Tobacco and American Youth
Thursday, September 21, 2006

• July 14, 2006 -
Big Ten Networks Sign Alcohol Advertising Resolution
The Big Ten and Fox Cable Networks announced last week they are setting up a new national sports network -- The Big Ten Channel -- and the Big Ten has specifically prohibited beer ads from the channel. Commissioner Jim Delany is quoted as saying alcohol ads are not consistent with the Big Ten brand or the brand of the member universities and indicated that the ban on beer ads was the first issue the presidents in the conference put on the table.

• June 28, 2006 - Seattle Times
Surgeon general's dire new warning on secondhand smoke
WASHINGTON — Secondhand smoke dramatically increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmokers and can be controlled only by making indoor spaces smoke-free, according to a comprehensive report issued Tuesday by U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona.

• June 27, 2006 - Seattle Post Intelligencer
Where Do You Fit-in?
November 13, 2005
-Pizza is the top choice for take-out (chosen by 78% of Americans), followed by Chinese food (53%) and fast food (35%).
-Fruit has blossomed into the No.1 snack for adults (picked by 76%), followed by popcorn and ice cream. Kids go for cookies.
-Eliminating an entire food group from one's diet, such as cutting out carbs or fats, is now considered to be "unhealthy" by the majority (76%).
-Women still outnumber men as the primary food-shoppers in U.S. households (71% vs. 12%).
-In almost half of U.S. households, multiple diners are prepared at least once a week. The primary reason for such catch-as-catch-can cooking–-cited by 45%--is not that household members have "different tastes" but rather "different schedules."
-By and large, we brown-bag it: 44% of Americans bring lunch from home o eat at work.

• June 23, 2006 -
Grand Theft Auto Makers Settle
Charges with the FTC

Last summer, the National Institute on Media and the Family uncovered a pornographic mini-program, dubbed "Hot Coffee" hidden within the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. This sexually explicit game sequence was not disclosed to the rating board which gave the game an "M" rating, instead of the "AO" (Adults Only) rating it deserved.

• February 03, 2006 - Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood & The Center For Science in the Public Interest
Parents and Advocates Will Sue Viacom & Kellogg
Lawsuit Aimed at Stopping Junk-Food Marketing to Children by Kellogg and Viacom's Nickelodeon.

• February 03, 2006 - The New York Times
Report Links TV Ads and Childhood Obesity
A federal advisory institution says that there is compelling evidence linking television advertising and the rise of childhood obesity in the U.S.

• February 03, 2006 - Institute of Medicine of The National Academies
Focus On Childhood Obesity
A new fact sheet is available that describes the role that government can play in preventing childhood obesity. The report also lists the role of advertising, marketing, and the media in creating and preventing the problem.

• February 03, 2006 - The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
How much emphasis should be placed on media literacy in the curriculum?
Find out how much importance those in the educational field placed on media literacy in schools. The results may either confirm your beliefs or surprise you!

• February 03, 2006 - Institute of Medicine of The National Academies
Institute of Medicine report, Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity?
How marketing influences children and youth is the focus of the IOM report. The report provides the most comprehensive review to date of the scientific evidence on the influence of food marketing on diets and diet-related health of children and youth. The study was requested by Congress and sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

• February 03, 2006 - The Wall Street Journal
$100 laptop soon to be a reality for schoolchildren in developing countries
Schoolchildren from Tunisia to Brazil will be soon get a chance to help bridge the digital divide. The project, overseen by a nonprofit organization called One Laptop Per Child, hopes to to place the laptop in the hands of 100 to 150 million students in developing countries.

• February 03, 2006 - Kaiser Family Foundation
Sex on TV 4
According to a new Kaiser Family Foundation study, the number of sexual scenes on television has nearly doubled since 1998. The study examined a representative sample of more than 1,000 hours of programming including all genres other than daily newscasts, sports events, and children’s shows. All sexual content was measured, including talk about sex and sexual behavior. Get the complete report about the state of sex on TV.

• February 03, 2006 - ABCNews.com
Movies heavily shape teen smoking, study shows.
A national study carried out by researchers at Dartmouth Medical School, described as the first of its kind, found that nearly 40 percent of teens try smoking because they saw it in the movies.

• November 19, 2005 - Seattle Post Intelligencer
Movie smoking has state officials fuming
Attorneys general from 32 states, including Washington, have asked movie studios to add anti-smoking messages to upcoming DVD releases featuring the unhealthy habit in response to new research showing that movie actors' smoking spurs youths to light up.

• November 05, 2005 - University of Washington
Exposure to Movie Smoking: Its Relation to Smoking Initiation Among US Adolescents
Objective. Regional studies have linked exposure to movie smoking with adolescent smoking. We examined this association in a representative US sample.

• January 19, 2005 - www.alliancecm.org
2005 Hometown Video Festival
entry deadline: February 16, 2005

The Hometown Video Festival honors and promotes community media and local cable programs that are first distributed on Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) access cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way.Each award winner receives a beautiful plaque that is inscribed with the name of the producer, title of the program, and the category for which it won. Also all winning entires will be listed in the "The Community Media Review" and on the Alliance web site..

• August 28, 2003 - New York Times
Taking Back Television, One Disc at a Time DVD's embody everything live television does not. They're collectible instead of ephemeral. They're private instead of public. They allow the viewer to own the TV schedule instead of being controlled by it

• July 29, 2003 - Washington Post
Gary Ruskin: Stop advertisers from commandeering every last nook and cranny of American culture. (please note that a quick and free registration is required to view article)

• July 15, 2003 - NewsDay
Poll: Public Concerned About Media Ownership
The more Americans learn about federal changes that lift restrictions on companies owning different media outlets in the same city, the less they like it, a new poll suggests.

• June 13, 2003 - San Francisco Gate
Prompted by the film success of "2 Fast 2 Furious", Bay Area police prepare for drivers who blur the distinction between art and life on the road. Police worry that the movie may incite a resurgence in illegal racing - as it did when the prequel came out in theatres.

• June 10, 2003 - The Lancelet
Recent studies link exposure to smoking in movies with adolescent smoking initiation.

• June 04, 2003 - MediaFamily.org
"This 16-minute video will change the way you look at video games forever. Hosted by Dr. David Walsh, President and Founder of the National Institute on Media and the Family, Sex, Murder, and Video Games examines the issues your family faces as you try to decide what games are appropriate for your children."

• May 23, 2003 - USA Today
Video games are not only attracting consumers – but major stars.
Celebrity fans are helping drive sales of video and computer games
, and 4 of 10 Americans will buy at least one game this year.

• May 23, 2003 - USA Today
Prompted by the Reality television trend, Marketers are using more “real people” for their ad campaigns. Celebrities are being skipped since they’re more expensive, less credible compared to their “real” counterparts and pose a larger-scale public backlash possibility.

• May 23, 2003 - The Dispatch Online
As the highest per-capita consumer of alcohol in the 15-nation European Union, the Irish government wants to discourage young drinkers by instituting advertising bans on buses, trains, cinemas and sporting events.

• May 22, 2003 - CNN
Reality tv show "American Idol" held 40 million households in suspense last night, according to Nielsen Media Research. Last year's finale garnered less than 23 million though winner Kelly Clarkson debuted her first record at #1. Expectations are high for Ruben Studdard, America's newly crowned Idol, to do even better based on the millions of viewers - and potential record buyers - who witnessed his coronation last night.

• May 21, 2003 - The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Anti-smokers were disturbed to see actress Nicole Kidman openly smoking at a media briefing. They cite that the moment created free advertising for tobacco companies when her image was reproduced in the papers and television.

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