MediaFest 2017

The eagerly anticipated MediaFest 2017 is happening on March 22th 8:45am – 2:00 pm at the KSPS Public Television Station!

Two years ago, The Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media (NW-ARM) and KSPS Public Television designed and launched MediaFest 2015. The idea was to give local high school students who have an interest in careers in media industries an opportunity to interact with a variety of media professionals.

It was a success! 80 public high school students participated in the half-day workshop at KSPS public television. 10 media professionals shared their knowledge and insights in sessions such as TV reporting and producing, photo journalism, TV documentary, newspaper reporting, TV videography and editing, radio journalism, and two website and social media sessions. The high school students chose the sessions they wanted to attend. At lunch, all students came together and listened to media professionals and professors talk about what it means to choose a career in media and the ethical implications that follow.

Many volunteers and donors made MediaFest 2015 a success. The ten media professionals gave their expertise, time, and talent (see list below). Teachers and administrators selected 20 students, coordinated buses, scheduled substitute teachers, chased parental permission slips, and supplied T-shirt sizes. KSPS found a way to have X number of open rooms, a map and schedule for students, lunch available, and technology in place to meet the complex needs for this event. NW-ARM volunteers were on hand to greet the students and help with logistics. The generosity of two donors allowed this event to be free for all participants: Verizon and Bayman’s Garage Media.

Local Media Professionals in 2015 included Nick Deshais, Reporter, Spokesman-Review, Alison Boggs, Online Producer, Spokesman-Review, Josh King, Tinderbox Consulting, Gary Stokes, KSPS General Manager, Kristi Gorenson, KXLY 920 News Anchor, Jeff Bollinger, KREM 2 News Photojournalist, Mary DeCesare, KSPS Documentary Producer, Rajah Bose, Photojournalist, Gonzaga University, Stephanie Vigil, KHQ News Anchor.

MediaFest 2015 was described by high school educator Kris Friedland as “a first class event and learning experience for the students and staff! My kids were inspired. Thank you so much for the opportunity for our kids to talk with and learn from professional in the industry. This was a perfect T-2-4 event also, with Gonzaga being so involved!” And Dawn Bayman observed that, “Overall the students were interested and engaged, and so were the teachers.”

Here is the link to the website: –

NW-ARM Celebrates National Media Literacy Week

November 2, 2016

Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media Board celebrates the 2nd annual National Media Literacy Week, October 31 – November 4, 2016. NW-ARM Board members present are  (L to R): Dawn Bayman, Heather Crandall, Celia Friedman, John Caputo, Nichole Bogarosh, Kris Morehouse and Carol Cunningham.

The Board also sends CONGRATULATIONS to our friends at Action 4 Media Education (AME) ( in honor of their 25th Anniversary and for their dedication in promoting and advocating for media literacy.


New State Bill to include Media Literacy in Public Schools – Please help support before January 16, 2016

New Bill Proposed for Digital Citizenship in Washington State — Please Help by writing to your Washington State Senator or Representatives  in Olympia

An act relating to safe technology use and digital citizenship in public schools. Bill Number xxxx
Co-sponsors: Senator Marko Liias, Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Rep. Strom Peterson, 21st Legislative District

Summary of Bill: The legislature recognizes that as technology becomes more prevalent, students must learn how to thoughtfully, ethnically and responsibly use the tools available to them. The legislature intends to provide a process whereby students, parents or guardians, teachers and other school employees, administrators, volunteers, and community representatives will engage in an ongoing discussion concerning safe technology use and digital citizenship.
Definition of Digital Citizenship Continue reading

“Celebrities Read Mean Tweets”

Jimmy Kimmel has a segment on his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, called “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets”. Celebrities read really crude and rude tweets while R.E.M’s song “Everyone Hurts” plays in the background. While it is hilarious and they are making light of the tweets, there is still a disturbing unidentified aspect. There are people writing these messages, tagging people, and posting them. Kimmel even says he, “…gets bombarded with hundreds of insults a day.” Celebrities are not the only people who get mean tweets. Everyone else gets them too. Canadian Safe School Network posted a mock video of “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets”. They replaced celebrities with teens. Teens read crude and rude tweets that their peers wrote. Whether it is to a celebrity or not, writing disturbing, painful and life altering messages is bullying. The internet is an open network and everything is permanent. What kind of public discourse do we want to encourage from our entertainment media? Healthy? Divisive? What are we celebrating when we hold up hatred? How much power does a message under 140 characters have?

To see the videos you can find them on YouTube channels “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Canadian Safe School Network”.

Six Applications that Help Prevent Bullying

Here are some free anti-bullying applications created to help decrease acts of bullying:

  • BullyTagTM –  Timeless Technology –

    The bystander factor is what BullyTag tries to attack. The app offers a series of ways to alert school authorities of inappropriate behavior. It is a simple screen that links the user to send a photo, video, text messages and voice recording to school authorities. There is also a “help” phone number and a way to get in touch with a guidance counselor. The user is anonymous and everything is deleted from the phone after it is sent.

  • The Bully Box

Brandon Boyton created The Bully Box Application. Boyton, seventeen at the time, designed the app so students could report bullying anonymously. Schools can sign-up and register for $499.00 a year to receive photos, videos and text from students.

This application is a tool to educate the user about how to identify and deal with bullying. It is advertised for parents to use with their children, however it is also useful for anyone to help identify signs of bullying.

Stop!t is another anonymous user app. It can alert school authorities of bullying by sending photos, videos and texts. What stands out with this app. is the “panic” button. If the user feels unsafe or threatened they can push the “panic button” and a campus safety officer will respond to the location with GPS. Stop!t also has a two-way messenger and school authority can deactivate an account if the user is abusing the app.

ReThink was created by fourteen year old Trisha Prabhu who was fed up with people being cyber-bullied. The app not just prevents people from being bullied, but it questions the bully’s words and actions before a message is even sent. Before a message a window pops up and alerts the sender that it had detected harmful language. It then asks the sender to maybe rethink the message and if they really want to send it. Prabhu’s application is a new innovative way to prevent bullying, as well as educate users of rude and harmful language.

While Virtual Hope Box is not labeled as an anti-bullying app, it helps promote self-worth, stress relief and positive distractions. The app has inspirational quotes, breathing exercises and pictures to remind you of loved ones. If some one is being bullied or feel like bullying someone, Virtual Hope Box can calm one’s self before making a decision.

Dump Trump from the News Cycle

A New York Times columnist is calling on the press to dump Donald Trump from the endless news cycle that appears to detail—and thereby validate–every outrageous comment spewed by the Republican presidential candidate.

“The never-ending, exhaustive, even breathless coverage of every outrage that issues forth from this man’s mouth is not news. Every offense and attack is not news,” said Charles M. Blow in an Aug. 27, 2015, column.

Blow vowed to eliminate Trump from his own coverage unless the billionaire businessman committed actual news—such as advancing policies that include workable details. Such a pledge is heartening to read when this nation is faced with real issues such as income inequality, immigration reform, and climate change. Reporters and columnists shouldn’t waste another word on trumped up, engineered offenses that generate a lot of squawking but nothing more.

To read the editorial, visit

Don’t Just Change the Channel: Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism, Activism, and Social Justice

Don’t miss this event, co-sponsored by Whitworth University and Gonzaga University COML program, and the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media!

March 31 at 6 PM, Robinson Teaching Theater, Whitworth University.

Upcoming Events: Don't Just Change the Channel

Upcoming Events: Don’t Just Change the Channel

Talk: Don’t Just Change the Channel: Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism,Activism, and Social Justice A stock response to complaints about offensive and demeaning representation of women and others in popular media is often, “Well, just change the channel! You don’t have to watch that show/read that book/see that movie.” This presentation explicates why that line of thinking ignores the reality of how media and pop culture permeate every aspect of our lives, and offers an overview of media and pop culture as a locus of feminist activism.Pop culture has long been central to feminist activism, and this presentation looks at this phenomenon with an eye to both history and the present day, noting the ways in which representation, or the lack thereof, has been a key catalyst of feminist action. From the Miss America protest of 1968 to the Saturday Night Live pushback of today, we’ll look at how foregrounding a feminist perspective in media and pop culture makes that culture better, richer, and more representative of the world in which we live.

Workshop: Talking Back 101: A workshop on identifying bias, bad framing, and sexism in media and pop culture, and responding strategically. The Talking Back 101 workshop includes a presentation and slideshow on the power of media response; it includes examples of success stories in which individuals and groups have taken on harmful or offensive ad campaigns and media messages, as well as a number of tips on effective messaging.

The workshop then opens up to audience participation, asking audience members for examples of things that people want to respond to and then collaboratively crafting a plan for making that happen. The workshop is
fun and informative, and is designed to make audience members realized that they, as individual media fans and consumers, have the power to make change in media and popular culture‹whether or not they have previously
identified as activists. – from the words of Nichole Bogarosh Ph.D. Women and Gender Studies, Communication Studies, & School of Continuing Studies Whitworth University.