resources and links

gender

Bitch Media: A nonprofit feminist media organization best known for publishing the magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Bitch Media’s mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture.

Center for the Study of Women in Film and Television: Research center at SDSU examining the representation and employment of women in film and television.

Feministing: An online community providing a forum for a variety of feminist voices and organizations.

The Feminist Wire: The mission of The Feminist Wire is to provide socio-political and cultural critique of anti-feminist, racist, and imperialist politics pervasive in all forms and spaces of private and public lives of individuals globally.

For Harriet: An online community designed to raise the level of discourse surrounding Black womanhood.

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: Founded in 2004, the Institute and its programming arm, See Jane, are at the forefront of changing female portrayals and gender stereotypes in children's media and entertainment by working within the entertainment industry to dramatically alter how girls and women are reflected in media.

Identity Project: a photography project seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.

Jezebel: A feminist blog (owned by Gawker media) aimed at women's interests, under the tagline "Celebrity, Sex, Fashion for women."

Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative: a leading think tank out of USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism dedicated to addressing issues of inequality in entertainment.  

Name it. Change It.: A non-partisan project of She Should Run, Women's Media Center and Political Parity, working to end sexist and misogynistic coverage of women candidates by all members of the press—from bloggers to radio hosts to television pundits.

Sundance Women Filmmakers Initiative: launched by Sundance Institute and Women in Film, this initiative is designed to promote the presence of females behind the camera. The initiative includes a mentorship program and a study examining gender disparity in independent film.

Women’s Media Center: Founded in 2005, the Women’s Media Center works to ensure that women’s stories are told and women’s voices are heard in the media through media advocacy campaigns, media monitoring for sexism, creating original content, training women and girls to participate in media, and promoting media experienced women experts.

race

Asian Americans Justice Center: Founded in 1991, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans, and build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.

Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA: Founded in 1969 as the Center for Afro-American Studies (CAAS), the Center was renamed after Nobel Prize winner, scholar, activist, and UCLA alumnus Ralph J. Bunche to evelop and strengthen the filed of African-American studies. The Center produces an annual Hollywood Diversity Report.

Being Latino: A communication platform designed to educate, entertain and connect all peoples across the global Latino spectrum.  Our aim is to break down barriers and foster unity and empowerment through informative, thought-provoking dialogue and exchanging of ideas.  Being Latino seeks to give a unified voice to the multitude of communities that identify with the multidimensional culture that is Latino.

Citizenship & Social Justice: web resource dedicated to social justice and civic engagement in school curricula created by educator and writer Jon Greenberg.

Colorlines: a daily news site where race matters.

Covering Islam in America: an online course providing information designed to humanize, analyze and put news about Islam and Muslim communities into context.

Every Single Word: This Tumblr site that highlights lack of diversity in film industry by cutting all dialogue spoken by white characters.

Media Action Network for Asian Americans: The MANAA is dedicated to monitoring all facets of the media – television, motion pictures, print, advertising, radio, etc. – and advocating balanced, sensitive and positive portrayals of Asian Americans.

Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative: a leading think tank out of USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism dedicated to addressing issues of inequality in entertainment.  

National Hispanic Media Coalition: A non-partisan, non-profit, media advocacy and civil rights organization created to advance American Latino employment and programming equity throughout the entertainment industry and to advocate for telecommunications policies that benefit Latinos and other people of color.

Racialicious: a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture.

Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes: An online exhibit and blog whose mission is to challenge media portrayals of Arab Americans and demonstrate the integral role Arab Americans have played in U.S. society since its inception.

The Root: news, opinion and culture site for African-American influencers.  Founded in 2008, under the leadership of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Root provides smart, timely coverage of breaking news, thought-provoking commentary and gives voice to a changing, more diverse America. The Root is a subsidiary of The Slate Group which is owned by The Washington Post Company.

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center: The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) was founded in 1969 with a commitment to foster multidisciplinary research efforts as part of the land grant mission of the University of California.

The Whiteness Project is an interactive investigation into how Americans who identify as white, or partially white, understand and experience their race.

sexuality

AfterEllen: Founded in 2002, AfterEllen.com quickly became the largest and most comprehensive website dedicated to the representation of lesbian/bi women in popular culture.

Fair Education Act: part of California’s education guidelines, ensures the inclusion of groups that have often been excluded from history in the curriculum: people who are gay or transgender and people with disabilities. These updated guidelines also prevent schools from adopting learning materials with a discriminatory bias or negative stereotypes based solely on ability or disability or sexual orientation.

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network: a leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, working to address students who feel bullied, discriminated against and/or fall through the cracks.

Gay Straight Alliance Network: A national youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.

GLAAD Formerly Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, this group leads the conversation for LGBT equality, and changing the culture. As the LGBT movement's communications epicenter, GLAAD is the principal organization that works directly with news media, entertainment media, cultural institutions and social media.

Identity Project: a photography project seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.

National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association: stylebook supplement on lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender terminology

Project 10 a nonprofit organization, was created in 1986 to provide funding for programs and projects to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. They consult with school districts throughout California and with community groups to assure that public schools (and schools that receive public funding) are in compliance with state and federal laws regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

class

The Billfold: a website under the Awl netwrok that aims to create a space to have an honest conversation about how we save, spend and repay our debts, and further challenge the misbelief that talking about difficult money issues is uncomfortable.

Center for Study of Working Class Life: an interdisciplinary effort of faculty and staff at the State University of New York at Stony Brook founded in November 1999 and dedicated to exploring the meaning of class in today's society.

Class Action: A national nonprofit founded in 2004, Class Action's mission is to end classism.

Economix: New York Times blog covering the social impact of economy and general economic issues.

Marketplace: a radio program and website produced and distributed by American Public Media (APM), in association with the University of Southern California focusing on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets.

Planet Money: a twice-weekly podcast and regular blog featuring current issues in the economy.

general resources & media criticism

Aca-Fan Professor Henry Jenkins' blog that walks the line between academia and fandom. Jenkins is the principal investigator for Project New Media Literacies (NML), a group which originated as part of the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Initiative.

Antenna: A collectively authored media and cultural studies blog committed to timely yet careful analysis of texts, news, and events from across the popular culture spectrum. The site regularly responds to new works and developments in television, film, music, gaming, digital video, the Internet, print, and the media industries.

Critical Commons: a public media archive and fair use advocacy network that supports the transformative reuse of media in scholarly and creative contexts. At the heart of Critical Commons is an online platform for viewing, tagging, sharing, annotating curating and spreading media.

CulturalStudies Podcast: podcasts featuring conversations with artists, writers, intellectuals, workers about the politics of culture.

Flow: An online journal of television and media studies launched in October 2004. Flow’s mission is to provide a critical forum where scholars, teachers, students, and the general public can read about and discuss the changing landscape of contemporary media at the speed that media moves.

In Media Res: website dedicated to experimenting with collaborative, multi-modal forms of online scholarship, and to promote an online dialogue amongst scholars and the public about contemporary approaches to studying media. The site presents theme weeks curated by media scholars.

Political Remix Video a website that showcases some of the best, most innovative and inspiring examples of political remix video on the net.

Sociological Images: website designed to encourage all kinds of people to exercise and develop their sociological imagination by presenting brief sociological discussions of compelling and timely imagery that spans the breadth of sociological inquiry.

media literacy & education resources

Center for Media Literacy

Center for Media and Information Literacy: a hub for research, outreach, education, and professional development on issues involving media literacy and information literacy. The CMIL is dedicated to improving the quality of media and information literacy practice locally, nationally, and internationally.

Common Sense Media

Educational Equity Compliance: This site details student rights regarding equal access to educational programs and activities at schools within LAUSD, offering downloadable PDFs on bullying, sexual harassment and other discrimination that may come up in school context.

FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting is a watchdog group offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986.

National Association of Media Literacy Education

Media Education Lab: University of Rhode Island lab (founded by Renee Hobbs) that provides public programs, educational services, community outreach, and multimedia curriculum resources targeted to the needs of educators and learners in school and after-school settings

Media Smarts: a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy. 

Mind Over Media/Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda: a site developed by the Media Education Lab to promote dialogue and discussion about what constitutes contemporary propaganda and how it may have positive, benign or negative impact on individuals and society. 

Students for Education Reform: a vibrant, fast-growing movement of students fighting to close the racial and socioeconomic achievement gap in public schools across the United States. This “social sharing” portal showcases the work that they do, and allows any SFER member to submit a post.