In the spirit of evaluating media’s many effects on society, and our recent POSTing streak, we here at POSTAL have decided to bestow an award upon only the most worthy.
The 2016 Postal Award for Best Media Blog
To be fair, the internet is full of diverse content with innumerable unique voices and opinions. As such, not everyone can be nominated for the award. We have narrowed the list down to 5 blogs. These blogs were chosen for their intelligent writing, thorough analysis, and unique take on the way media affects and interacts with society.
In no particular order, here we go:
1. Dr. Rebecca Hains
Dr. Rebecca Hains is an author, professor, and speaker that explores topics related to children’s media culture. Her blog description reads: “Dr. Rebecca Hains is a children’s media culture expert. She is a professor of advertising and media studies at Salem State University in Salem, Mass., where she is the assistant director of the Center for Childhood and Youth Studies. Her research focuses on girls, women, and media.” Some of her recent posts include an exposé on the Cinderella film and its negative impact on young girls, as well as a look at the way toys are marketed to each gender and what people are doing to combat the negative stereotypes. Great work, Dr. Hains!
2. Mr. Magazine
Mr. Magazine is run by Dr. Samir Husni, a scholar of journalism and media. His blog description reads: “Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media. He is also Professor and Hederman Lecturer at the School of Journalism. As Mr. Magazine™ he engages in media consulting and research for the magazine media and publishing industry.” Some of his recent posts include an interview with the owners of Hudson News Distribution Company on the future of print journalism, and an interview with the Editorial Content Director of Texture, an app that promises to change the way we read magazines.
3. The Overspill
The Overspill is run by Charles Arthur. Currently a freelance journalist, Arthur is actually the former technology editor of The Guardian. The Overspill focuses on issues of media and technology, featured pertinent articles that are relevant to both. The Overspill’s latest features include an article by John McDermott on Spotify’s influence and an article by Rob Leathern on how deceptive advertisements help fund online news sites.
4. Josh Stearns
Josh Stearns is a scholar of communications, media, and journalism at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. His blog is focused on writings on media and culture–the intersections between media and communities. His recent posts include a look at how the news media is adapting to a conversation format and a post about steps that can be taken to make local news more diverse.
5. The Bias
The Bias writes: “We’re geeks. We love science fiction, fantasy, books, games, comics, movies, and fandom. We love science, data, and tech. We’re passionate about diversity and inclusion in geek spaces.” The blog, made up of Annalee and Natalie are on a mission to evaluate sources of media and their inclusion of historically underrepresented groups. Some of their recent posts include silencing tactics used by groups in power and an analysis of who benefits from online fundraising and activism.
Check out these blogs! They are great sources of information about media, journalism, social media, technology, and the way all of these facets of life impact you and me.