Latest Berkeley Media Studies Group Stories

2011-05-24 18:14:00

Criminal justice focus leaves prevention out of the story BERKELEY, Calif., May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tens of thousands of children are sexually abused each year in the United States, yet news coverage of the subject is out of sync with both the magnitude of the issue and the context in which it occurs. This finding comes from a study released this month from Berkeley Media Studies Group, a project of the Public Health Institute. The report, Case by Case: News coverage of...

2010-05-19 06:45:00

A report issued by a digital watchdog and a public health group urged US authorities on Tuesday to probe the online marketing practices of alcoholic beverage companies and the impact they have on young people. The 34-page report was issued to the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general by the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and the Berkeley Media Studies Group of the Public Health Institute. CDD executive director Jeff Chester said the "alcohol industry's digital and social...

2009-12-16 12:20:00

A new study suggests that ads for junk food may be littering popular websites visited by children, according to Reuters. Researchers examined 28 of the Web sites most frequented by children and found that the majority of food products advertised there met experts' criteria for "foods to avoid." Dr. Lori Dorfman, director of the Berkeley Media Studies Group in California, noted that ads for sugar-laden cereals, candy, soda or fast food populated a majority of the Web sites, which included...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'