Posts with Category: Monthly Media Roundup

May TV’s Sweeping Potential to Put Your Issue in the Spotlight

May 3, 2017  |  Television

In a TV galaxy not so long ago and far away, “May sweeps” meant one thing: Every TV show worth watching was wrapping up for the season and networks pulled out all the stops to boost ratings and ad dollars. That’s still true, to a point, but today’s multi-platform media landscape has made this time…

Donald Trump and His Death Eaters

December 9, 2016  |  Monthly Media Roundup

After nearly every US presidential election, we watched as soon-to-be presidents announced their nominations for Cabinet positions with relatively little fanfare. The media dutifully covered the biographies of these typical career bureaucrats and broadcast the minority party’s polite dissent, if there even was any. Enter 2016, the year of the most expensive and dramatic Rose…

Binge-Watching for Change

November 3, 2016  |  Activism

Last weekend was a lost weekend for me, but not an intentional hide-out from the relentless noise of the upcoming election. It’s because I fell into a deeply satisfying binge-watch that reminded me how much good people can accomplish when they are righting a wrong or getting out to vote, and how this is what…

The Spotlight team of reporters gathers around a desk in their newsroom at The Boston Globe.

Sparks in Entertainment: 11.6.15

November 7, 2015  |  Monthly Media Roundup

FILM: Go See The ongoing conversation on gun control is the focus of several upcoming films. Armor of Light, a documentary that asks what it means to be “pro-life” when it comes to guns, finds itself at the juxtaposition between the issues of faith and gun reform. The film is playing this week in select theaters. Spike Lee’s new…

Sparks in Entertainment: 10.9.15

October 9, 2015  |  Monthly Media Roundup

Good TV & Empathy  Watching TV can (perhaps) make you a better person. A recent study published last week in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts found that engaging in complex fictional narratives increases empathy levels. After watching award-winning TV shows like The West Wing and Mad Men,  participants scored higher levels of emotional…

Sparks in Entertainment: 9.26.2015

September 26, 2015  |  Monthly Media Roundup

For upcoming, issue-oriented film and television storylines, please follow our Twitter account and stay tuned as we build our databases, websites and newsletters Time Warner CEO opens Parkinson’s treatment center Former Time Warner CEO Jerry Levin announced Friday that he and his wife will open a center for people with Parkinson’s. The mission of the…

Sparks in Entertainment: Saturday Morning Coffee Edition 9.19.2015

September 19, 2015  |  Monthly Media Roundup

For upcoming, issue-oriented film and television storylines, please follow our Twitter account and stay tuned as we build our databases, website, and newsletter. Golden Girls & Progressive Causes We loved this article discussing all the social issues raised on The Golden Girls thirty years ago. The piece, published in Medium, breaks down how the show took on…

Sparks in Entertainment: Saturday Morning Coffee Edition 9.12.2015

September 12, 2015  |  Monthly Media Roundup

For upcoming issue-oriented TV & film storylines, please follow us on Twitter (and stay tuned while we build our databases and newsletters). Without further ado here are some of the buzzier things we’ve found interesting: Taylor Swift Music Video for Wildlife Conservation Taylor Swift released her latest music video for her song, “Wildest Dreams,” last…