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.
In its first U.S. government transparency report, Yahoo reported that the U.S. government sought data on 40,332 user accounts in 2013. The company said it rejected just 2% of the requests.
A new Berg Insight research report concludes that “telecom operators had deployed more than 7 million carrier-grade Wi-Fi access points worldwide at the end of 2012.“ The report includes a forecast that 15 million additional Wi-Fi access points will be installed by 2018. Against this backdrop, “[t]he installed base of Wi-Fi enabled handsets is forecasted to grow from nearly 1.5 billion units at the end of 2012 to more than 4 billion units in 2018.”
For the first time in two years, Nielsen reported an increase in the total number of U.S. TV households. Nielsen reports a total of 115,810,740 TV homes nationwide, which reflects an increase of 1,637,050 TV homes since the 2011-2012 season.
Kantar Media reports that TV continues to lead other media in advertising dollar allocations. In the second quarter of 2013, total ad spending increased 3.5% since last year, finishing at $35.8 billion. Ad spending on TV alone grew by 6.4%. Much of the growth in TV spending was helped by post-season basketball, a 14.9% increase in pay TV ad spending, and a 6.1% increase in Spanish-language TV spending. The top 5 ad categories were retail, automotive, local services, telecom, and personal care products, respectively. Procter & Gamble outspent second place AT&T by $218 million in the second quarter, with L’Oreal, Comcast, and General Motors following respectively in third, fourth and fifth place.
The Centers for Disease control reports that the U.S. government’s “Tips from Former Smokers” ad campaign, which aired from March 19 to June 10, 2012, convinced more than 200,000 Americans to quit smoking, with 100,000 of them likely to quit smoking permanently. The CDC found that more than 1.6 million Americans attempted to quit smoking because of the national ad campaign.
The results of an RBC Capital Markets survey of 1,078 Netflix subscribers suggest that as many as 43% think Netflix’s original content, such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, is “moderately” to “extremely important” in influencing them to keep the service.
Video-on-Demand (VOD) now reaches 60% of U.S. homes, according to Nielsen. This is up from 37% just five years ago. Nielsen attributes the growth to the technology becoming easier to use and the willingness of broadcast and cable networks to offer current episodes via VOD.
Northwestern University released a study of how parents of children ages 0-8 perceive and use media in childrearing. Among the report’s findings, just 19% of low-income households earning less than $25,000 annually have a tablet, compared to 65% of households earning $100,000 or more per year. However, more than half of low-income parents (54%) were likely to turn on the TV for educational purposes, compared to 31% of higher income parents. Just 31% of all parents were concerned about their children’s media use, behind health and safety (45%), fitness and nutrition (41%), social and emotional skills (39%), behavior (38%), school performance (33%), and literacy skills (32%).
Pew released a study showing 56% of American adults now own smartphones. Sixty-four percent of African Americans and 60% of Hispanics now own a smartphone, compared to 53% of whites. A very wide gap in smartphone ownership between upper income and low-income households persists, with 78% percent of persons living in households with incomes of $75,000 or more owning smartphones, compared to 43% of persons living in households earning less than $30,000 per year. A separate Experian study showed Americans spend an average of nearly an hour per day using their smartphones.
Nielsen released its U.S. Entertainment Consumer Report, analyzing all Internet users ages 18 and over. According to the report, African-Americans are 2% more likely to buy physical CDs. Asian and Hispanic music buyers are respectively 8% and 5% more likely to purchase digital music. Among online music streamers, 75% are white, 13.7% are Hispanic, 12.1% are African American, and 4.2% are Asian; these demographics are similar to those of the United States population. African Americans are 14% less likely to stream movies and TV shows online, while Asians and Hispanics are 73% and 28% more likely to do so. All consumers were overall more likely to buy print books, but Hispanics were particularly less likely (22%) to purchase e-books. African Americans and whites are respectively 5% less and 2% more likely to buy either print or ebooks.
Driven by two new series written by Tyler Perry, OWN is close to surpassing BET among African American women ages 25-54, according to Nielsen. OWN’s ratings grew to 1.82 million viewers during Tuesday night’s The Haves and the Have Nots, up from 1.77 million viewers during the show’s debut the week before. On Wednesday, OWN’s Love Thy Neighbor attracted 1.8 million viewers, compared to 1.5 million viewers during its debut the previous week. OWN ranked number 2 among African American women ages 25-54, behind only TNT, which was broadcasting the NBA playoffs and not regular programming. BET ranked third in the relevant timeslots.
General Mills disabled comments on a 30-second YouTube ad for Cheerios that features an interracial family, after the ad’s comment section became inundated with hate speech by angry viewers. As of the writing of this newsletter, the video has received more than 3 million views, with 42,576 ‘thumbs up’ and 2,052 ‘thumbs down.’ However, a Rasmussen poll of 1,000 adults found just 31% of Americans favor a ban on hate speech.
PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts increased adoption of tablets and smartphones in Brazil, China and India will lead to a 43% increase in worldwide entertainment spending, from $1.6 trillion in 2012 to $2.2 trillion in 2017. PwC also predicts the market for ebooks will be larger than that of print books by 2017. The report also predicts combined wired and wireless Internet spending to grow by 68%, from $91 billion in 2012 to $153.3 billion in 2017. Most of the growth is expected to come from wireless.
The National Security Agency and FBI made public their years-long effort to collect phone records and tap into the servers of nine Internet companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple, to access meta data to assist the U.S. in its fight against terrorism. The Internet program, known as PRISM, is the first known program of its kind to directly access the servers of Internet companies without a warrant.
In its quarterly threat report, McAfee warned that hackers are increasingly targeting Android phones. Malware attacks on Android phones increased by 40% in the 1st quarter of 2013, according to the company.
Google released its economic impact data showing its “search and advertising tools helped provide $94 billion of economic activity for 1.9 million businesses, website publishers and nonprofits across the U.S.“
The Annals of Internet Medicine reported that fewer than 10% of doctors use electronic health records in compliance with U.S. standards.
DePaul University released a study showing 105 million hours of worker productivity are lost due to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) ban on the use of electronic devices during takeoffs and landings.
Women’s Media Center Report: Representation of Women in Media Has Stagnated
In a report entitled ”The Status of Women in the U.S. Media, 2013“, the Women’s Media Center reported that the percentage of women working in newspaper newsrooms was 36.9 in 2012–exactly the same proportion reported in 1999. The report also found that if current hiring trends continue at their current pace, women will not reach parity with men in leadership roles until 2085. Male bylines outnumber those of their female counterparts by a 3 to 1 margin.
Columbia University: Online Courses May Harm Minority Students
Columbia released a large-scale report based on a survey of 40,000 community and technical college students suggesting students of color actually fare worse when they take courses online in lieu of a traditional classroom setting. Among the report’s findings, taking a course online correlated with a 0.15-0.4 grade reduction based on a 4.0 scale. However, the study did not control for the quality of on-line programs and contradicts another large-scale study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education showing a favorable impact of on-line learning on student outcomes.
Georgetown University: Associates STEM Degree-holders Earn More than Some Bachelor’s Degree Holders
Community college graduates with STEM degrees out earn non-STEM bachelor’s degree holders, according to the Georgetown University report. However, a 2009 Education Trust Baseline Report showed a community college completion gap of 9 percentage points between minority students (24%) and all students (33%).
Equity and Excellence Commission Submits Report to Department of Education
The report advises the Secretary of Education on strategies for reducing barriers to meaningful educational opportunities. The report outlines a five-part framework focusing on equitable school finance; effective teachers, principals and curricula; early childhood education; mitigating poverty’s effects, and; accountability and governance.
Robin Roberts’ Return to ABC’s Good Morning America Yielded 6.1 Million Viewers
The anchor, who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant, returned to GMA on February 20. Nielsen reported Ms. Roberts’ return to the network resulted in GMA‘s largest audience since November 7, the day after the Presidential election.
The Federal Communications Commission released a white paper reviewing how the United States compares to other nations as it frees spectrum to accomodate what Cisco has estimated to be an expected eighteen-fold increase in spectrum demand between 2011 and 2016. Much of the report focuses on licensed spectrum frequency bands below 2.7 GHz as they comprise the predominant frequencies used to provide mobile broadband services around the world. The U.S. ranks first among the nations it studied in current and pipeline (including pipeline unlicensed) spectrum, with 958 MHz. Australia ranks second with 708 MHz of current and pipeline spectrum. Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and the U.K. were also studied.
The Wireless Broadband Alliance reported that operators attribute 75 percent of their mobile traffic to users accessing personal routers, indicating a preference for using Wi-Fi at home.
Online video viewing was down slightly in December, 2012. Viewers in the UK watch the most TV shows on their tablets. Sixty-six percent of U.S. consumers stream any kind of video two to three times per week.
GSMA: The total number of mobile connections will soar to 7.4 billion this year, exceeding the world population by 300 million.
China announced plans to extend 4M broadband coverage to 70% of the country’s internet users.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) reported the U.S. stands in 14th place worldwide in the number of people with high speed broadband connections.
GSMA: Mobile health could save developed countries $400 billion in 2017 by improving care for sudden health incidents, remote patient monitoring, mobile access to electronic health records, and implementing SMS messaging for appointment and medication reminders.
IFPI: Spurred by Digital Downloading, Global Recorded Music Revenues Grew for the First Time Since 1999
The University of Texas at Austin has released a data tool enabling policymakers to track emerging conflicts in Africa.
T-Mobile has continued to lose contract customers, but the losses have been offset by an increase in prepaid customers.
A petition on the White House website asking the U.S. government to permit mobile phones to be “unlocked” (i.e. registered to a different carrier than the one to which the phone was configured at the time of purchase) reached the threshold of 100,000 signatures required to receive consideration.
Sprint saved $1 billion via its phone refurbishment program.
The four mainstream television networks are recording a historic decline in ratings, down 23 percent compared to the same week last year.
Nielsen: Many advertisers fail to target women in shows, such as Walking Dead, that deliver a high number of female viewers but contain themes not traditionally considered appealing to women.
The USA Network had the highest ratings among cable networks in February, with AMC’s Walking Dead episodes occupying the top 3 shows for the month.
IAB: Even though shoppers use their smartphones while shopping, 38% actually end up purchasing their items in-store.
Education professionals report lack of funding as the main impediment to widespread implementation of educational technology in the classroom.
A JD Power survey found nearly one-third (29%) of customers affected by Hurricane Sandy learned about power outages by listening to the radio. Thirty-seven percent learned of power outages by calling their phone company. Seventeen percent learned by visiting their power company’s website.
Sixty-eight percent of marketers reported they will increase spending on big data initiatives. Forty-nine percent of respondents cited website analytics data as the best source of consumer information.
Sinclair Broadcasting will acquire five Cox TV stations.
Nielsen: With 40.3 million viewers, the Oscars returned its best audience in 3 years.
Consumer satisfaction with online travel companies has dropped by 2.6 percent–to 76 percent–putting the industry behind other e-commerce retailers. Amazon still leads among all e-commerce retailers irrespective of industry.
Report: STEM jobs are up 15% in Florida