Coalition Speaks Out Against NBC and Sports Illustrated Interactive Bikini Contest

A national coalition of education and advocacy groups in January criticized NBC’s new reality show “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search,” objecting to the soft-porn tone of the program.

The series consists of six, one-hour episodes, airing Jan 4 – Feb. 16, 2005, showing young women competing against each other based on their body shape and size, for an opportunity to be a swimsuit model in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Beyond the now familiar strutting of women in underwear or bikinis before worldwide TV audiences, this program features a reality TV component that encourages viewers to compare, judge and nominate women who “outrate” other women based on their body sizes and shapes.

The coalition objecting to the program is composed of the Girls, Women + Media Project, Mind on the Media, Dads and Daughters, and the National Organization for Men Against Sexism-Boston Chapter.

Third Global Media Monitoring Project
Slated for February 2005

On Feb. 16, 2005, the world’s media will come under scrutiny when hundreds of people in 100 countries monitor gender portrayal and representation in the news on television, radio and in newspapers.

This third Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) will be organized by the Women’s Programme of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC). WACC is a global, ecumenical organization which works for human dignity, justice and peace based on the belief that genuine communication is the basis of understanding and co-operation between people of different faiths and cultures. The WACC Women’s Programme works for gender justice by supporting women’s use of communication for their own empowerment and for the development of their communities.

With an even larger number of organizations and countries participating, an extensively revised quantitative and qualitative analysis, its own interactive web site, and national and regional as well as a global reports.

Feminine Hygiene Advertising, PR
Still Reticent, Executive Says

Even though menstrual products have been used since ancient times and are among the most widely advertised products in the world, the companies that manufacture them remain extremely conservative in the language they use in advertising and public relations for these products.

Journalism Grads See Little Improvement
in 2003, 2004 Job Market, Survey Says

Fewer job offers, higher unemployment rates than the national average, and low salaries lagging behind increases in the cost of living characterize recent journalism and mass communication graduates’ job-seeking experiences.

The annual survey conducted by Lee Becker and Tudor Vlad, director and assistant director, respectively, of the Cox Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia, found that only half the degree recipients in 2003 landed jobs in the broad field of communication, a finding not seen since the recession job market of 1991-1992. The median salary earned by degree recipients has remained flat for the last three years: $26,000.

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