Blogs

How has news coverage of gun violence changed since Columbine?

BMSG's head of research, Pamela Mejia, discusses what aspects of coverage have changed — and stayed the same — since Columbine, what details are often missing from the news on gun violence, and how journalists and advocates can do more to show that prevention is possible. Read more >


The forgotten victims of officer-involved shootings

As other forms of gun violence dominate the news, officer-involved shootings remain underreported. Read more >


Beyond reading, writing and arithmetic: Lessons in media advocacy from a first-grader

After a 6-year-old learns about the importance of civic engagement, her mom reflects on even bigger lessons — for her daughter and herself. Read more >


5 steps public health can take to tell the health equity story of opioid use

It's being described as a public health crisis, but is news coverage of the opioid epidemic advancing public health goals? Read more >


Big Data and the transformation of food and beverage marketing: What can public health advocates do about it?

A recent commentary published in Critical Public Health explores how six cutting-edge digital marketing techniques may be undermining public health efforts to improve nutrition and reduce obesity. Read more >


ACEs in the news: How can advocates communicate more effectively about childhood trauma?

Communicating about ACEs can be challenging, even for public health advocates who are familiar with the lifelong impact of trauma. So how can we help the public and policymakers understand the importance of this issue? New BMSG research offers insights. Read more >


Top 10 public health and social justice media bites of 2017

These salient quotes grabbed our attention, made us think differently about important issues and provided inspiration amid the year's chaotic — and often downright depressing — news. Read more >


Join BMSG at APHA 2017

BMSG is presenting several sessions at this year's APHA meeting. We'll be sharing highlights from our recent research, ranging in topic from the intersection of trauma and race on social media to shifting the narrative around incarceration in Northern California. Read more >


Letters to the editor: A useful advocacy tool in today's media environment?

The number of people writing letters to the editor is decreasing, but there are many reasons why letters are still an effective strategy for shifting people's understanding of — and actions on — public health and social justice issues. Read more >


Using media advocacy to engage elected officials

A small campaign with big impact offers lessons for advocates working to create long-term, lasting social change. Read more >


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