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.
BooksAdproofing 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 MagazinesAdBusters Alternet Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture magazine Bust ColorLines: Race Culture Action Columbia Journalism Review Extra! In These Times Make/Shift Media and Gender Monitor Media Report to Women Ms. Magazine New Moon: A Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams On the Issues PR Watch Salon $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 MediaAbout Face Bitch magazine blogs BroadSheet Feminist Frequency Feministing Gender Ads: Ads, Education, Activism IndyMedia movement Jack & Jill Politics Jean Kilbourne’s Resources for Change Jezebel Media Matters for America Pop and Politics Pop Culture Pirate PopPolitics.com Racewire, the ColorLines blog Racialicious Sociological Images Who Makes the News WIMN’s Voices
Independent TV, Radio , and FilmAmerican Documentary California Newsreel CounterSpin 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 IssuesA 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 OrganizationsAction Coalition for Media Education (ACME) Alliance for Community Media (ACM) Allied Media Conference Benton Foundation BeyondMedia 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: www.StopBigMedia.com) Future of Music Coalition Girls, Women + Media Project GLAAD—Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Global Action Project: Youth Make Media GoLeft.org Guerrilla Girls
List of Journalism Associations, Coalitions, Ethnic Media, and Other Organizations for Media MakersWomen 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) Youth: Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press Women’s Media Center Writers Guild of America