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Women rights work get international recognition by the Nobel Peace Prize

rookellos Icon Posted by Rosemary Okello-Orlale

April 20th, 2012

When the Nobel Peace awarded Peace Prize to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, her compatriot Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights, the Nobel Committee gave recognition to women who have been demanding for years, the equal involvement of women in all […]

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Best Thing on the Internet Today: #SOPA author is an online pirate!

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

January 18th, 2012

Now that it is well past midnight EST and I’m no longer keeping new content off of WIMN’s Voices as part of the SOPA Strike against online censorship, I can finally post my favorite thing on the Internet on Jan. 18.
Hipster puppies? A perennial favorite, but no. A video of the Muppets edited to […]

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Fake News: Tell the FCC You Demand a Searchable Public Database

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December 22nd, 2011

By Guest Blogger Libby Reinish
A media watchdog sent us this video of Wisconsin station WLUK passing off an AT&T advertisement as news:

It sounds crazy, but passing an infomercial off as a news story is legal as long as stations disclose the paid pieces at the end of the program.
But a lot of stations don’t even manage that: […]

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VIDEO: Jennifer L. Pozner Discusses AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Defeat on “The Big Picture” with Thom Hartmann

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

December 21st, 2011

On Monday, I shared the happy news with you that the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger — which Women In Media & News and many other media activist organizations had actively opposed — was officially dead. And last night, I spent the first night of Chanukah on “The Big Picture” with Thom Hartmann, explaining how the festival […]

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WIMN Celebrates Defeat of AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

December 19th, 2011

As the Executive Director of Women In Media & News, I am elated to tell you that today marked the final nail in the coffin of the AT&T merger with T-Mobile. This is a huge media justice victory, and in an era of hyper-consolidation and media industry deregulation, a victory of this magnitude is rare. […]

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“Miss Representation” Viewers: Welcome to the Media Justice Movement!

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

October 20th, 2011

This post is cross-posted with www.MissRepresentation.org, in advance of the film’s debut tonight on OWN, 9pm (8c).

In Miss Representation, actress-activist Rosario Dawson talks about how important it is for women to write their own stories. This is equally important in entertainment and in journalism alike.Yet as I discuss in the film, today’s media climate is […]

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Panel Shares Best Practices to Get More Women in Media

mspencers Icon Posted by Miranda Spencer

August 17th, 2011

Reading Carolyn Byerly’s recent post, “Keeping two eyes on the Global Report on Status of Women in News,” reminded me to post — way belatedly — my live blog of the IWMF plenary panel last March on news-organization best practices around the world. I was privileged to attended the IWMF conference as a volunteer, […]

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Door open for women in media policy

cbyerlys Icon Posted by Carolyn Byerly

July 12th, 2011

As a result of a court decision last week, women and people of color have an open door to advocate for media policy that will serve to expand their media ownership.

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Future of media report - a feminist challenge

cbyerlys Icon Posted by Carolyn Byerly

June 16th, 2011

Finding women and people of color in the long-awaited Federal Communications Commission report The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age is an exercise in near futility. The 478-page report integrates details on the status of various media platforms and assesses mediated informational needs by communities within the United States in the years to come, ending with a short chapter on recommendations.

Yet those of us know through experience that when women and people of color are omitted or barely mentioned in such a comprehensive undertaking, their interests are most certainly not going to be part of any structural changes. If Congress and the FCC follow this report, the future of media promises to be as white and male as the present.

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A Voice for Children in the Media Reform Movement

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April 14th, 2011

By Guest blogger Shara Drew
This weekend I attended the National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR) here in Boston. The event, coordinated by our friends at Free Press, brought together over 2500 advocates for media justice from all over the world. It was electrifying to be among so many passionate, creative, hardworking media reform […]

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