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Charlene Polite Corley
February 20, 2024

Channeling Black Audiences: Nielsen Study Shows Inclusivity Equals Profitability

An increasingly diverse Black America wants more nuance in media representation A memorable line from an old activist anthem warned that “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” But as it turns out, there’s a major culture shift happening on the other side of the screen. Black audiences spend about 12 hours more time with media […]

Jenny Raymond
December 15, 2023

Wit and Wisdom: Improv Propels Empowerment in The Harnisch Foundation’s ‘Funny Girls’ Program

Left: Jenny Raymond, Executive Director of the Harnisch Foundation. The statistic lands more like a punch than a punchline: Between the ages of 8 and 13, girls’ confidence levels drop 30 percent. Ouch. Tons of factors contribute to this bleak statistic, and it can be hard to parse them. But the consequences are clear: Girls […]

September 05, 2023

Insight from Nielsen: New Research Shows that Disability-inclusive Content is Smart Business

It’s the classic fashion catalog pose. Two fetching models, a man and a woman who look like they’re about to go yachting, peer into the camera with a look that borders on smoldering. They are selling clothing, yes. But also a vision of a more representative media landscape. Look again. To the left of the […]

August 08, 2023

With This Light: An interview with filmmakers Jessica Sarowitz, Laura Bermudez and Nicole Bernardi-Reis

“God’s projects are not determined by money; they are determined by action. When we think we can’t do it, we must ask: God, show me a light. My path is to open paths so others can walk. I can’t just stop. I move forward and they come along.” — Sister María Rosa Leggol Given that […]

July 19, 2023

Breaking the Silence: Confronting Online Violence Against Women and Nonbinary Journalists

When news surfaced on June 28, 2018, that a gunman was firing shots inside a Maryland newspaper office, award-winning television journalist Jareen Imam did what she always does. She sprang into action. Imam, in her role as Director of Social Newsgathering at NBC News, quickly spotted a tweet from a Capital Gazette sports intern who […]

July 11, 2023

Beyond Lazy Tropes: The Quest for Authenticity in Fat Representation

L to R: Brianna McDonnell, Jackie Schwartz, and Britney Young. BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Britney Young, best known for her role on “Glow,” remembers the gloriously unusual audition process for the hit Netflix series about women’s professional wrestling. Hopefuls were told in no uncertain terms to show up without makeup: “Come as you are.” Creators Liz […]

May 22, 2023

Interview with Mallika Chopra on How the Apple TV+ Series “Stillwater” Equips Children with Strategies for Resilience and Mindfulness

There’s a scene midway through the compelling Season 3 premiere of “Stillwater” in which a main character named Addy becomes so overwhelmed by stress that she escapes to a more serene setting, folds her body into the lotus position, closes her eyes and simply breathes. She’s meditating. Right there at the dramatic high point of […]

April 17, 2023

Interview with J.J. Johnson About His New Apple TV+ Series “Jane” and the Importance of Female Role Models

J.J. Johnson, the creator of a new environmentally themed family series for Apple TV+, hit the jackpot when it comes to “Jane.” He landed a vivacious young actor (Ava Louise Murchison) to represent the ideals of renowned conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, enlisted some of the most accomplished women in science to make stirring cameos, and […]

March 01, 2023

How Media Can Demystify Cybersecurity and Uncover New Careers

Amid escalating cybersecurity threats, philanthropist Craig Newmark formed a broad and growing coalition of organizations dedicated to educating and protecting everyday Americans in the digital space. The founder of craigslist is looking toward the future with a renewed focus on the role content creators can play in inspiring women and girls to pursue careers in […]

June 28, 2022

How Media Can Influence Cybersafety and Open Careers for Women and Girls

By Mary Ellen Holden In April, Craig Newmark Philanthropies (CNP) committed more than $50 million to support a broad coalition of organizations dedicated to educating and protecting everyday Americans amid new and escalating cybersecurity threats. Craig Newmark has been a longtime partner and supporter of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. When we […]