BMSG In the News

by Anna Lappé | Al Jazeera America
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Young people of color face steeper risks of diet-related illness and, as BMSG Director Lori Dorfman explains, an avalanche of food marketing targeted at them both online and off. "Marketing," she says, "is integrated in all aspects of their lives."

by Dana Woldow | BeyondChron
Monday, March 3, 2014

The soda industry is sparing no expense in its opposition to a proposed tax in San Francisco. A new study from BMSG, which reveals the strategies and arguments Big Soda used to defeat taxes in two other California cities, offers insight into what tactics voters can expect. 

by Lisa Aliferis | KQED's State of Health
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

In 2012, voters in the California cities of Richmond and El Monte soundly defeated proposed taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. The ballot measures were widely covered by local, state and national press. An analysis of that coverage, released today by the Berkeley Media Studies Group, looks at what themes were covered on both sides of the debate.

by Staff | SaludToday Blog
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

In 2012, two California cities with large Latino populations, Richmond and El Monte, failed in their attempts to pass a tax on sugary drinks. A new study by Berkeley Media Studies Group found that the soda industry influenced news coverage of the two ballot measures, but did so in a behind-the-scenes way.

by Jeff Okey | The California Endowment
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

In November 2012, the cities of Richmond and El Monte, Calif., tried but failed to implement a soda tax to fund health programs. To those watching this play out, it appeared that both communities had spoken and their answer was "no" to the tax. A new report from Berkeley Media Studies Group shows that wasn't the case.

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