Top Stories in Media and Social Change

SCIENCE

What Makes a Good Scientist? 

Explaining and understanding is a fundamental goal of science. Modern tools and technologies make worlds of information and explanations readily available. Ironically, it appears that the public’s level of understanding is falling behind.

Is there too much information to choose from? Is the flood of information affecting the ability synthesize and comprehend it? Are people in denial? Or are people merely losing trust in science?  Read more...

Social Enterprise

Sustainable Work

A new wave of younger employees and consumers in the United States, Asia and Europe are publicly demanding more sustainable products and practices. According to a 2013 survey conducted by Net Impact, 85% of university students said they would take a 15% pay cut to work for an organization with values that match their own.    Read more...

Social Media

Know Your Audience

With the rise in social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, Internet forums, podcasts, and the like, the audience is participating on a larger scale and media creators have now recognized this change in audience behavior. A Viacom survey found, “Respondents engage in an average of 10 TV-related activities on social media platforms on a weekly basis, including: interacting with friends and fans, following/liking a TV show, searching for info and show schedules, and gaming or signing up for freebies." Read more...

ENTERTAINMENT

Entertainment for Good

We are bombarded with sensationalistic images in entertainment media.  The storylines or images are highly exaggerated for the express purpose of selling a product to a consumer. We encounter these types of imagery whenever we read a newspaper or magazine on a grocery store shelf with a celebrity headline. However, more and more celebrities are using the paprazzi's attention as a way to inspire and promote social changeRead more...

JOURNALISM

Surveillance and the Free Press

Decades of media consolidation have reduced the depth and breadth of reporting, cutting investigative reporters, relying on syndicated news and in some cases eliminating photographers completely. The influence of corporate and politically-driven private money is increasingly commonplace and many consumers are leaving traditional news outlets. Online media, dependent on advertising, weakened by a reliance on unpaid reporting and diluted by contributors untrained in journalism, have also provided a space for hackers, whistleblowers, leakers, and citizen journalists to take on roles previously held by investigative journalists. Read more...