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by Dan Vergano | Buzzfeed
Monday, March 19, 2018

In a speech about ways to curb the country's opioid epidemic, President Trump announced support for Reagan-era "Just Say No" anti-drug ads. However, as BMSG's Lori Dorfman notes in this BuzzFeed article, there is little evidence for the ads' effectiveness. "We have found it more effective to foster a positive environment for kids, rather than wagging our fingers at them," she said.

by Aida Chávez | The Intercept
Friday, January 5, 2018

Coverage from The Intercept explores the role of human resources departments in preventing or perpetuating sexual harassment in the workplace. As BMSG's Heather Gehlert, a former managing editor at AlterNet notes, "This is not just about any individual abuser. It's about wider systems in our workplaces and broader cultural norms that allow this type of behavior to continue for years and, in some cases, decades."

by Tara Murtha | Poynter
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A new study published in the journal Contraception builds off of BMSG's research and examines the challenges that reporters face when covering abortion. It addresses issues such as how the perceived need to write "balanced" pieces contributes to the propagation of false information, and the harassment journalists experience while investigating the topic.

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.

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