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by David Callahan, Alyssa Ochs | Inside Philanthropy
Monday, October 2, 2017

Eight funders are combining resources to achieve greater impact on preventing gun violence through a new anti-violence effort, the Hope and Heal Fund. BMSG is working with Hope and Heal to research the narrative on gun violence and reshape it to include other forms of violence beyond highly publicized mass shootings.

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.

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