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Airdates: Wednesday, Feb. 7th, 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, Feb 8th, 4:30 a.m/ET.

Because of the recent #MeToo movement and Women’s Marches across the country, Merriam-Webster announced that its 2017 Word of the Year was feminism. However, how do we define feminism? What does the word really mean to you and does it even matter? The media is influential in shaping our opinion and understanding of feminism through representations of strong female characters. But what makes media feminist, if at all?

Read more on Episode 35: Feminist Representation in the Media…

Categories: Media Inside out

Airdates: Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, Nov 16th, 4:30 a.m/ET.

Consuming media—watching TV, playing a video game, downloading music—evokes a wide range of emotions. Happiness. Love. Boredom. Anger. But one emotion that it does NOT seem to evoke, is empathy. In fact, it can sometimes feel as if media content is designed for the exact opposite. News is often reported to pit one group against another. Reality TV celebrates defiance to authority. Lyrics in popular music sing about power and individualism. What happens when the media messages all around us make the feeling of empathy or a desire for empathy, seem like weakness and anti-heroic?

Read more on Episode 34: Media’s Influence on Empathy…

Categories: Media Inside out

This episode is set to air on Wednesday, October 25th at 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, October 26th at 4:30 a.m/ET.

News stories don’t just inform us about a hurricane or a shooting or some awful tragedy, they use words and visuals selected for their ability to evoke emotion. Emotional connections keep us glued to whatever media we’re consuming. And consuming more media for longer periods of time is how most media companies generate more revenue. How does this aid or hinder our actual understanding of the news? On this episode of Media Inside Out, Host Sherri Hope Culver and guests, Ellen Gray from the Philadelphia Daily News and Dr. Lauren Kogen from Temple University, will consider the intended and unintended consequences of how the media sensationalizes tragedy.

Read more on Episode 33: How the Media Sensationalizes Tragedy…

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This episode is set to air on Wednesday, October 11th at 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, October 12th at 4:30 a.m/ET.

It seems as though all of social media activity is centered on getting other people to see and “like” the posts we put online. The goal is to go viral, but there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why something catches on. How does this change the way we market ourselves and businesses? Host Sherri Hope Culver explores the common elements that attract us to this social media content and why with social media marketing experts Matthew Ray, Co-Founder and Creative Director of ChatterBlast; Ryan Olah, Talent Marketing and Communication Specialist at Comcast; and Hannah Kurtz, Digital Strategist at Maven Communication.

Read more on Episode 32: Social Media Marketing…

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This episode is set to air on Wednesday, October 4th at 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, October 5th at 4:30 a.m/ET.

History has a profound impact on society as we learn from the past.  But, we now find ourselves in an age where the very notion of “fact” has been called into question. President Trump often refers to legitimate news sources as fake news, while his team puts forward different points of view by teaming them ‘alternative facts’. The push and pull from the news media to the White House to elected officials to us, as citizens, has created some primordial soup of misunderstanding.  On this episode of Media Inside Out, host Sherri Hope Culver speaks with Jason Steinhauer, a public historian and the director of Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, about the different ways to explore history communication.

Read more on Episode 31: History Communication…

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This episode aired live on Monday, April 24th at 11:30 a.m. 

From stories in the news, to characters in popular TV shows or reality shows, people with mental illness are often played for laughs, or distorted to create conflict in a plot line or simply misleading. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 1 in 5 adults will experience mental illness in a given year. So, this is touching almost 20% of our friends, neighbors and colleagues. How are these media portrayals influencing our understanding of what it means to be mentally ill, or mentally healthy? On this episode of Media Inside Out we’ll explore this sensitive topic more deeply.

Read more on Episode 30: Mental Health Representations in the Media…

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This episode is set to air on Wednesday, April 26th at 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 27th at 4:30 a.m.

The conversation about the digital divide continues in this episode of Media Inside Out. Is it a city’s responsibility to provide digital access? How are community services tackling the issue here in Philadelphia? This episode explores these questions and more with Philadelphians working to provide equal access opportunity in this city.

Read more on Episode 29: The Digital Divide in Philadelphia…

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So much has changed about the publishing industry since the advent of the internet and the Kindle–how do publishers keep up? What challenges are these new avenues presenting to traditional publishing companies and writers? And is the open press movement adding extra pressure to especially academic publishers? Sherri Hope Culver has a discussion on these topics with two guests who run publishing companies: Mary Rose Muccie, the Director of the Temple University Press, and Kristin Kiser of Running Press Books, both headquartered in Philadelphia.

Read more on Episode 27: Book Publishing in New Media World…

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Super Bowl commercials are often as entertaining and anticipated as the game itself. What do these commercials say about us, and how are they influencing us as viewers? Sherri Hope Culver takes a look at this phenomenon and the impact of the most powerful Super Bowl ads with Advertising Professor Joe Glennon and Alexandra Wittchen of the Brownstein Group.

Read more on Episode 26: Superbowl Commercials…

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