• We Do It for Love

    On Valentine’s Day we show our love through flowers, poems, and chocolate. Some chocolate, though, comes with blood in it. A great deal of chocolate is grown in northwestern Africa, in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Guinea, and Burkina. Some of it is harvested with child slave labor. Children are...
  • Is PG-13 the new R? Exposing the MPAA’s Conflicts of Interest

      By Connor Frechette-McCall In the past decade, there has been an undisputed change in the culture regarding how adult topics and themes are portrayed in the mass media. In the realm of films, arguably the most successful and profitable form of mass media, each generation has seen an...
  • Inaugurating the Weave News Story of the Month

    GCMLP Partner Weave News, founded in 2007, at St. Lawrence University, is grounded in the concept of citizen journalism: the idea that ordinary people can act as journalists by gathering and sharing information about what is happening in the world. Weave News seeks to fill in the deeper context surrounding important contemporary...
  • Corporate News

    Corporate Media Lacking Courage

    Reported by Gabrielle Bennett, Alexandra Kornspan, Kelly Mealey, Jaclyn Nicholson (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) The British American Tobacco Company (BAT) is currently increasing its presence in several African countries, and has created a monopoly which has been heavily covered by corporate media. NBC, CNN, and Fox News have all covered...
  • Businesses Beware! Social Media May Do More Harm Than Good.

    by Jennifer Caoli, CDAE Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. As social media have become prominent in today’s society, businesses find it necessary to take part in the social media phenomenon, specifically Instagram. Having your company be on Instagram is one thing, but it’s another thing to...
  • Who’s the Target?

    Advertisers often heavily target children. Why is this? Strasburger, Wilson, and Jordan (2014), authors of Children, Adolescents and the Media (2014) say that there are at least three reasons. The first is that American children have a great deal of their own money to spend (an estimated $42 billion)....
  • The TV Generation

    Media have changed and adapted dramatically from past decades. While there used to be a limited number of TV channels, there are now hundreds of stations, which teens can watch 24/7, on multiple platforms, including TV, or streaming from the Internet to computers, tablets, or smartphones. It is becoming...
  • The Marginalization & Exploitation of Women in the Sports Media Industry

    Written by Tim Pritchard Women have always played an important role in the world of sports. Some of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen have been women. From Billie Jean King to Mia Hamm, the contributions women have made to the sports industry are undeniable. However, it...
  • Plastic Free July

    Plastic Free July, like Earth Day, is an annual reminder of what we need to do every day: reduce and work to eliminate plastic from our lives.  Plastic is made from oil. People kill for oil with guns, with joysticks, and by tossing garbage into our waterways. Eight million...