Resource Guide

The following media books, magazines, websites, blogs, media literacy programs, and media activist organizations will help you learn to become an active, critical media consumer – and can offer engaging strategies you can use to transform the media landscape for the better.


Adproofing Your Kids: Raising critical thinkers in a media saturated world, Tania Andrusiak and Daniel Donahoo

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, Susan Faludi

Beyond the Echo Chamber: How a Networked Progressive Media Can Reshape American Politics, Jessica Clark and Tracy Van Slyke

Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine, Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler

Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, Jean Kilbourne

Conscious Women Rock the Page, Marcella Runell Hall, Black Artemis, E-Fierce, and J-Love

Critical Studies in Media Commercialism and Consumer Culture and TV Programming, Robin Andersen

Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans, Farai Chideya

Enlightened Racism: The Cosby Show, Audiences, and the Myth of the American Dream, Sut Jhally and Justin M. Lewis

Feminism and Pop Culture: Seal Studies, Andi Zeisler

From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism and Feminism, Patricia Hill Collins

Girl Director: A How-to Guide for the First-Time, Flat-Broke Film and Video Maker, Andrea Richard

Hey Kidz! Buy This Book: A Radical Primer on Corporate and Governmental Propaganda and Artistic Activism for Short People, Anne Elizabeth Moore

Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body, Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby

Media Literacy: A Reader, Donaldo Macedo and Shirley Steinberg

Real Majority, Media Minority: The Costs of Sidelining Women in Reporting, Laura Flanders

Selling Anxiety: How the News Media Scare Women, Caryl Rivers

Share This!: How You Will Change the World with Social Networking, Deanna Zandt

So Sexy, So Soon, Jean Kilbourne and Diane Levin

Style and Status: Selling Beauty to African American Women, 1920–1975, Susannah Walker

Teaching Youth Media: A Critical Guide to Literacy, Video Production & Social Change, Steven Goodman

The Media Monopoly (updated edition), Ben Bagdikian

Toxic Sludge Is Good for You: Lies, Damn Lies, and the Public Relations Industry, John Stauber

Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing and the Erosion of Integrity, Anne Elizabeth Moore

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, Julia Serano

White Weddings: Romancing Heterosexuality in Popular Culture, Chrys Ingraham

Women and Media: A Critical Introduction, Carolyn Byerly, PhD, and Karen Ross

Print and Online Magazines



Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture magazine


ColorLines: Race Culture Action

Columbia Journalism Review


In These Times


Media and Gender Monitor

Media Report to Women

Ms. Magazine

New Moon: A Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams

On the Issues

PR Watch


$pread magazine

Teen Voices

The Nation

The Progressive

Women’s Enews

World Pulse magazine

Yes! Magazine

Websites & Blogs with a Focus on Gender, Race, and Media

About Face

Bitch magazine blogs


Feminist Frequency


Gender Ads: Ads, Education, Activism

IndyMedia movement

Jack & Jill Politics

Jean Kilbourne’s Resources for Change


Media Matters for America

Pop and Politics

Pop Culture Pirate

Racewire, the ColorLines blog


Sociological Images

Who Makes the News

WIMN’s Voices

Independent TV, Radio , and Film

American Documentary

California Newsreel


Democracy Now!

Feminist International Radio Endeavor (FIRE)

Free Speech TV

GRITtv with Laura Flanders

Listen Up!

Making Contact/Women’s Desk

Media Education Foundation

On the Media

Paper Tiger TV

Uprising Radio

WINGS: Women’s International News Gathering Service

Women Make Movies

Films about Media Issues

A Girl Like Me, Directed by Kiri Davis

America the Beautiful, Directed by Darryl Roberts

Class Dismissed, Directed by Pepi Leistyna

Ethnic Notions, Directed by Marlon Riggs

Generation of Consolidation, Directed by Sami Muilenburg

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, Directed by Byron Hurt

Killing Us Softly, Directed by Jean Kilbourne

Slip of the Tongue, Directed by Karen Lum

The Souls of Black Girls, Directed by Daphne Valerius

Tough Guise, Directed by Jackson Katz

Media Literacy and Media Advocacy Organizations

Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME)

Alliance for Community Media (ACM)

Allied Media Conference

Benton Foundation


Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

Center for Digital Democracy

Center for Investigative Reporting

Center for Media and Democracy

Center for Media Justice

Center for Media Literacy

Children’s Media Coalition

Commercial Alert

Common Sense Media

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Fair Use Network

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Fairness and Integrity in Telecommunications Media Coalition (FIT Media)

Free Press (also see:

Future of Music Coalition

Girls, Women + Media Project

GLAAD—Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

Global Action Project: Youth Make Media

Guerrilla Girls

List of Journalism Associations, Coalitions, Ethnic Media, and Other Organizations for Media Makers

Women In Media & News’s list of media outlets

MAG-NET Media Action Grassroots Network

Marin Institute

Media Access Project

Media Alliance

Media Justice League

Media Literacy Project

NOMAS: National Organization for Men Against Sexism

NOW Media Hall of Shame

NYC Grassroots Media Coalition

Parents for Ethical Marketing

People’s Production House

Prometheus Radio Project

Reclaim the Media

Reel Grrls

Shaping Youth

The Media Consortium

WAM! Women, Action & the Media

Women & Girls Collective Action Network and FUFA (Females United For Action)

Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press

Women’s Media Center

Writers Guild of America