BMSG In The News

by Lori Dorfman | Sacramento Bee
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Following Stephon Clark's tragic death at the hands of police, BMSG Director Lori Dorfman makes the case that California's windfall from marijuana taxes should be used to "rectify the devastation that old marijuana laws wrought in certain Sacramento neighborhoods." Then, she writes, the state and nation can "learn and follow."

by Robin Kurzer | Marketing Land
Monday, April 9, 2018

A coalition of 23 consumer, privacy, and public health groups, including the Center for Digital Democracy and Berkeley Media Studies Group, have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging YouTube with violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and failing to even to try to comply with COPPA. The action follows increased scrutiny of how companies like Google (which owns YouTube) and Facebook are handling consumer data. This issue received extensive media coverage, including in TechCrunch and The New York Times.

by Eileen Drage O'Reilly | Axios
Monday, March 26, 2018

Seventy-six percent of sports sponsors promoted food and drinks with a low nutrient profile, and 52 percent showcased sugar-sweetened beverages, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. "The marketing association with sports is especially insidious because it gives the product a 'health halo' distracting from its health harms," said BMSG's director Lori Dorfman.

by Dan Vergano | Buzzfeed
Monday, March 19, 2018

In a speech about ways to curb the country's opioid epidemic, President Trump announced support for Reagan-era "Just Say No" anti-drug ads. However, as BMSG's Lori Dorfman notes in this BuzzFeed article, there is little evidence for the ads' effectiveness. "We have found it more effective to foster a positive environment for kids, rather than wagging our fingers at them," she said.

by Aida Chávez | The Intercept
Friday, January 5, 2018

Coverage from The Intercept explores the role of human resources departments in preventing or perpetuating sexual harassment in the workplace. As BMSG's Heather Gehlert, a former managing editor at AlterNet notes, "This is not just about any individual abuser. It's about wider systems in our workplaces and broader cultural norms that allow this type of behavior to continue for years and, in some cases, decades."

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