BMSG In The News

by Queenie Wong | SiliconBeat
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Berkeley Media Studies Group joined the Center for Digital Democracy and more than two dozen other nonprofits in asking the social media giant to publicly release the research it conducted on teens who feel "worthless" or "insecure." The groups expressed concern that marketers could use such data to exploit young people's vulnerabilities, with implications for their health.

by Lauren Himiak, Steph Herold | BUST
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A new study from the Berkeley Media Studies Group and Sea Change Program shows how abortion stigma manifests in news coverage and outlines recommendations to help journalists and advocates change how this safe, common part of reproductive health care is portrayed.

by Alex Orlov | Mic
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Following widely criticized coverage from The New York Times on SNAP recipients' soda purchases, BMSG Senior Media Researcher Pamela Mejia points to a missing piece of the conversation: the food and beverage industry's aggressive marketing of sugary drinks and other unhealthy products to low-income communities. 

by Winston Cho | East Bay Express
Friday, September 23, 2016

One of the fronts where the soda war is being fought is Oakland, where companies have already spent $747,268 to oppose measure HH, a penny-per-ounce soda excise tax that will fund health education programs. BMSG's Laura Nixon notes that the soda industry is also creating misleading advertisements and explains that Big Soda tailors its strategy and counter-arguments to each community that proposes a tax.

by Lori Dorfman | San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

BMSG Director Lori Dorfman expands the conversation on gun violence in this letter to the editor for the San Francisco Chronicle. She writes, "Regarding 'Funding for gun research' (Editorial, Sept. 3): California has done what Congress is afraid to do: study gun violence. So simple, right? But in your editorial about this terrific news, why did you exclude suicides when you recounted the toll from gun violence? Most gun deaths in the U.S. are from suicides. With Dr. Garen Wintemute leading our new UC Firearm Violence Research Center, facts like that — and what we can do about them — can finally get the attention they deserve."

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