The Joint Center is delighted to see greater attention to addressing the needs of young men and boys of color, a segment of our society that too often faces disproportionate challenges to success. The White House announced this week the launch of their new My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, aimed at empowering boys and young men of color. The Joint Center convened one of the earliest groups to assess the impact of key public policies on the physical, emotional, and social health of young males of color, The Dellums Commission. Click here to see the Joint Center’s key work on young men of color.
By: Felicia Eaves, Program Associate, Joint Center Health Policy Institute
As with President Obama, when Chokwe Lumumba decided to run for Mayor of Jackson Mississippi, there was much uncertainty about whether a black man with an African name that no one could pronounce could win the but win he did. During his brief tenure he was well received by both blacks and whites as they inspired by his vision to create a more equitable Jackson Mississippi.
By: Spencer Overton, Interim President and CEO of the Joint Center
This past week I started as Interim President and CEO of the Joint Center. Founded in 1970, the Joint Center is a leading think tank on public policy and people of color. The picture above is from our 2013 dinner, and for a flavor of some of our work see this short “Place Matters” video (where you live affects your health) and these foundational studies on improving the lives of young men of color.
Various supporters got us off to a good start with wonderful words (thanks Cory Booker, Ralph Everett, Caroline Fredrickson, Ben Ginsberg, Fred Humphries, Barbara Johnson, Heather McGhee, Charles Ogletree, Norm Ornstein, Dan Pabon, Chellie Pingree, Rashad Robinson, Terri Sewell, and Brian Smedley). Several organizations extended special support, including but not limited to the Advancement Project, the Brennan Center, Demos, and W.K. Kellogg.
Along with navigating a blizzard during a NYC trip, the week included great conversations with many stakeholders (e.g., Joint Center staff, leaders from racial equity organizations, foundations, organizations of elected officials of color, and others). I have many more important stakeholders with whom to connect in the near future. We also took initial steps to build a vibrant online community, improve our collaborative work, and generate resources for general capacity building.
Personally, I’m thrilled to be at the Joint Center at this critical moment. While the challenges we face are similar to those of other nonprofits, the challenges are not insurmountable, and are outweighed by opportunities.
I am optimistic about the future of the Joint Center for several reasons.
Legacy organizations often deny that change is necessary. I am encouraged that the Joint Center board and staff all agree we must revamp the organization. Already, we have started making some difficult decisions, including cutting spending. We are rethinking everything – operations, development, talent, the method of delivering ideas, and much more.
Evolving technology has transformed many industries—including the think tank and policy arenas. The opportunities for increased efficiencies, effectiveness, and capacity at the Joint Center are clear and significant.
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is a key national issue, and the Joint Center’s Health Policy Institute–led by Dr. Brian Smedley–remains a national leader on health policy equity.
Further, increasing diversity, economic and racial disparities, media fragmentation, and polarization create a significant need for a well-functioning Joint Center. The Joint Center is uniquely positioned to bring together government officials, the private sector, communities of color, racial equity and grassroots advocacy groups, think tanks, scholars, and the philanthropic community to devise new ideas and solutions.
This is a leadership moment for all of us. The Joint Center represents an incredible and important opportunity—a platform for us to work together to solve many of our nation’s most pressing problems. My first ask—please follow the Joint Center on Twitter here, Facebook here, and/or email updates here (scroll to bottom left). More soon. I look forward to your ideas, and to working with you on this important cause. Our moment is now.
The Joint Center is delighted to see greater attention to addressing the needs of young men and boys of color. The Washington Post reports, for example, that The White House is poised to make a major new effort on young men of color. The Joint Center convened one of the earliest groups to assess the impact of key public policies on the physical, emotional, and social health of young males of color, The Dellums Commission. Click here to see the Joint Center’s key work on young men of color.
Joan Ganz Cooney Center – Less Than Half of Kids’ Screen Time is Educational: Stats and Studies, 1/27/2014January 27, 2014
A study from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center finds that children ages 2 to 10 spend less than half of their electronic screen-time interacting with educational material. The study also finds that time spent on educational activities decreases as the amount of time a child spends on an electronic screen increases, which also correlates with an increase in a child’s age. Two- to 4-year-olds spent a little over two hours a day using a screen, averaging an hour and 16 minutes on educational activities, while 8- to 10-year-olds spent more than two and a half hours each day using a screen, with only 42 minutes considered educational.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler declared the Commission’s commitment to strengthening E-Rate to provide schools and libraries with better Internet connections.
NPD Group is backing away from a recent study in which it claimed subscription video services like Netflix may be leading to a decline in premium cable subscriptions. This action came after Showtime, HBO and Starz produced data from SNL Kagan demonstrating a rise in subscribers. NPD Group maintains that its study does indicate that the overall number of premium TV subscribers did fall, but that individual customers are becoming more faithful to their cable service by subscribing to more channels or adding channels over time.
Another NPD Group publication, the Connected Home Report, finds smartphone penetration growing in the United States from 52 percent in Q4 2012 to six-in-ten mobile phone users in Q4 2013. Apple and Samsung continue to dominate the smartphone market, increasing from 35 and 22 percent of users to 42 and 26 percent of users, respectively.
The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer shows that trust in the media has fallen in nearly 80 percent of countries surveyed since the last Trust Barometer study in 2013. Media trust in the United States fell from 51 to 42 percent, below the global average of 52 percent. Globally, online search engines and traditional media are considered more trustworthy than hybrid media, social media and owned media.
A new survey from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners shows that wireless customers have warmed to early upgrades and financing plans for unsubsidized phones. From July to December 2013, about 31 percent of eligible customers from the four major carriers chose a financing plan to purchase their phone.
Nearly 3000 television stations were sold in 2013, a 205 percent increase from 2012, according to BIA/Kelsey.
Seven new specialty web domains are set for release this week, including .bike, .guru and .clothing.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler suggested that an open Internet, not broadcasting distribution, is more important to media opportunities and diversity. At the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council Media and Social Justice Conference, Wheeler discussed potential ways to revamp the FCC’s Open Internet order, struck down last week by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, before diving into diversity issues. While he said that it was “outrageous” that there is “no minority ownership of television stations in America,” he also said that the focus should be on “new network realities” and the potential for Internet distribution mediums to become highly controlled.
The U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia has stayed portions of the Federal Communications Commission’s order that sets maximum rates for phone calls by prisoners. Securus Technologies challenged the rates of 25 cents per minute for debit calling and 21 cents per minute for collect calls, claiming the lower rates would cut off money used by prisons for victims’ assistance and could weaken security.
An upcoming TV ad buy will tout the dangers of smoking – and the messages will come from Big Tobacco itself. CBS, ABC and NBC are set to be part of the “remedial” advertising campaign by tobacco companies, part of Big Tobacco’s 2006 settlement regarding the omission of health warnings in prior cigarette ads. African Americans suffer disproportionately from smoking-related illnesses, particularly African American men.
This year’s update of San Diego State University’s Celluloid Ceiling study of women in television and film finds that, while women are making modest gains in behind-the-scenes TV jobs, the picture is bleaker for those working in movies. From 2012 to 2013, women made up 28 percent of creators, producers, directors, writers, editors and directors of photography on broadcast programs, an increase of two percentage points from the previous year and tied for the historical high. But women only made up 16 percent of those same positions for the top 250 grossing films in 2013. Further, 36 percent of films employed zero or one woman in the jobs surveyed, while only two percent employed 10 to 13 women in those capacities.
A National Bureau of Economic Research study finds that the MTV reality series 16 and Pregnant and its Teen Mom spinoffs led to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births in the 18 months following the introduction of the programs. The shows were also linked to an increase in searches for pregnancy alternatives.
Point Topic data for Q4 2013 shows that the U.S. ranks 58th out of 90 countries in household broadband affordability, its $89 monthly average over twice as high as the average prices in Russia, Finland, and Belarus. North American countries also tend to pay more for lesser service, with higher costs than Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region for broadband upwards of 60 Mbps slower.
Tablet ownership and e-reading are on the rise – but so is print readership, according to the Pew Research Center. Half of American adults own either a tablet or an e-reader, up from 43 percent in September 2013, and the number of adults who have read an e-book in the past 12 months stands at 28 percent, up from 23 percent in 2012. However, the number of adults who have read a print book is up from 65 percent in 2012 to 69 percent in 2014, a rebound from a six percentage-point dive between 2011 and 2012.
Despite somewhat lower uptake among younger adults, nearly nine in ten adult broadband users subscribe to cable, satellite or telco-TV, according to new data from The Diffusion Group. Nearly 85 percent of adults between 18 and 24 and 81.9 percent of adults between 25 and 34 subscribe to a pay television service, compared with the average of 87.6%.
App use grew 115 percent in 2013 according to Flurry Analytics, led by a 203 percent increase in messaging and social applications.
The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to include wireless phones as a LifeLine program option.
The rise of e-readers has led to an explosion of Spanish-language book availability.