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The HEART GALLERY OF NEW JERSEY is based on a simple idea that has already made a huge impact in other states: Photographers, all of them professionals volunteering their time, take compelling pictures of children hoping to be adopted, and the results are exhibited in a gallery format. These pictures are worth far more than a thousand words. In Hartford, Conn., for instance, portraits of 40 children were put on display. Nineteen of those children were later adopted. Now a group of friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and complete strangers has come together with some of the most famous and talented photographers in the world to introduce more than 300 New Jersey children who are legally free for adoption nationwide. These needy children's dignity and inner beauty are evident in every photograph.


1. Get Down on it- match song to artist(s)

a. New Edition
b. Kool & the Gang
c. Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam
d. LLCool J

2. In the 1988 film "Punchline," Tom Hanks stared as a struggling stand-up comic. Who was his female co-star?

a. Sally Field
b. Med Ryan
c. Roseanne
d. Rosie O'Donnell

3. Which hot British actor had 6 movies in 2004?

a. Christian Bale
b. Jonathon Rhys Meyers
c. Jude Law
d. Orlando Bloom

4. What film won best picture of 2004 at the Oscars?

a. Ray
b. Finding Neverland
c. The Aviator
d. Million Dollar Baby

Answers to Pop Quiz below.


Liberace's Pants Recently, Project Linus, NJ a nonprofit organization that provides blankets to fragile children in need, had a large bed quilt donated with the following note: "My husband's grandfather was a tailor in Spring Lake NJ in the 1950 & 60's. This quilt was made from scraps of material cut from men's pants that he hemmed. One of the pieces (we don't know which one) came from a pair of pants owned by Liberace." Although the quilt was not appropriate for children, it was donated to a men's shelter in Freehold.

1. b
2. a
3. c
4. a

People often see media exposure as a cause of societal problems. The average American family spends eight hours and eleven minutes a day watching television. Time spent listening or viewing any medium including television, radio, video games and surfing the internet is time that adults, youth and children are not doing something else; playing, reading, drawing, enjoying the changing seasons outside or plain-old family discussion. However, there's no doubt that media teaches--positively and negatively.

On a rainy Saturday in October, to a standing-room only audience of parents, educators and caregivers, Voices of Hope Productions conducted a workshop on Violence in the Media for PEI Kids. During the workshop we discussed the effects and magnitude of media and its violent underpinnings on small children. A news clip was shown that illustrated the clear effects that television has on children. As shown in the clip, children watched the big purple dinosaur, Barney, singing and dancing. The children all rose to their feet, clapping and laughing, and sang along, as they marched in place. Conversely, when shown the Power Rangers children immediately identified with the individual characters. Their behavior grew less tolerant, and respectful of each other. Similarly, children began imitating the behavior they were viewing: only this time it was kicking, hitting and dragging one another across the carpet. These same children, who earlier had watched and sung along with Barney were now behaving aggressively.

In the past few weeks two studies have been released: The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that since 1998 the number of sex scenes on TV have nearly doubled, and a University of Columbia faculty member has found a relationship between alcoholic-related imagery and the aggression that can occur when someone drinks too much. These examples illustrate that media is a sophisticated tool that holds a multitude of sociobehavioral ramifications.

Media is a part of our culture, our society, and our lives and it's certainly here to stay. Here's what we can change —our viewing habits, and the viewing habits we encourage within our children and youth. We can direct our energies to creating our own media messages such as writing, blogging and making mini-movies. We can also stand up and voice our opinions and become advocates, not only in our own homes, but by publicly speaking out for media policy and reform. As long as we shut-off, blame, ignore or absent-mindedly allow negative, violent images into our lives, we lose. Media is not the cause of societal problems, people are. Let's make a decision to take back control of the media. Let's start now.

>>>>ON MEDIA >>>> 5 VOICES

Book: Violence and the Media by Cynthia Carter. Why is there so much violence portrayed in the media? What meanings are attached to representations of violence in the media? Can media violence encourage violent behavior and desensitize audiences to real violence? Does the 'everydayness' of media violence lead to the 'normalization' of violence in society? Violence and the Media is a lively and indispensable introduction to current thinking about media violence and its potential influence on audiences. Adopting a fresh perspective on the 'media effects' debate, Carter and Weaver engage with a host of pressing issues around violence in different media contexts - including news, film, television, pornography, advertising and cyberspace.

Website: Pledgebank.com- Tell the world “I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help me do it”
We all know what it is like to feel powerless, that our own actions can't really change the things that we want to change. PledgeBank is about beating that feeling by connecting you with other people who also want to make a change, but who don't want the personal risk of being the only person to turn up to a meeting or the only person to donate ten pounds to a cause that actually needed a thousand. The way it works is simple. You create a pledge which has the basic format 'I'll do something, but only if other people will pledge to do the same thing'. For example, if you'd always want to organize a street party you could organise a pledge which said 'I'll hold a street party, but only if three people who live in my street will help me to run it.'

Audio: Hurricanesong.com- Artist Allen Watty shares his creative, heart felt reaction to Hurricane Katrina. To aid in the relief of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Wilma please consider using your strengths and talents in a creative way to support others in a time of need.

Film: Paradise Now is the story of two young Palestinian men as they embark upon what may be the last 48 hours of their lives as suicide bombers. On a typical day in the West Bank city of Nablus, where daily life grinds on amidst crushing poverty and the occasional rocket blast, we meet two childhood best friends, Saïd (Kais Nashef) and Khaled (Ali Suliman), who pass time drinking tea, smoking a hookah, and working dead-end menial jobs as auto mechanics. view trailer

Magazine: Imagine - An exciting periodical from John Hopkins University’s, Center for Talented Youth for middle and high school students who want to take control of their learning and get the most out of their precollege years. Published five times a year, Imagine provides insights, information, and solid counseling to young, motivated readers. Each issue includes: Articles about exciting summer programs and extracurricular activities across the country, written by student participants Advice on planning for college Student reviews of selective colleges, Career profiles of accomplished professionals, Book reviews, puzzles, web resources, and much more.

Addiction Recovery advocates from across the country participated in a National Public Awareness print and television broadcast campaign titled "Recovery Happens Every Day-We're Living Proof of It." The campaign uses voices of different ages and backgrounds to dispel the stereotype that addiction only affects the poor living in inner cities. The campaign was also developed to deliver a message that people can and do recover from addiction. The Recovery advocates were filmed at Faces and Voices of Recovery "Rising! Recovery in Action" Summit held in Washington, D.C. in September for Addiction Recovery Month. The national campaign produced with stark black and white imagery for NCADD-NJ includes 10 print ads, (2) 30 sec spots and (3) 15 sec spots.

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Lori McDaniel, of Voices of Hope Directed and Produced the national addiction recovery TV and print public service campaign


Screening across the country via 'textbook' grassroots outreach and distribution strategy.
WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price, is screening across the US this week. This new film, Directed and Produced by Robert Greenwald will employ a ground-breaking grassroots distribution strategy. “This is a movie about American families and American ideals, a movie about one corporation crushing the American dream for millions of ordinary people – right or left, republican or democrat, red or blue,” said Greenwald. “Wal-Mart is systematically destroying the fabric of our nation, pretending to be the great American workplace while at the same time showing thinly veiled contempt for working families, small business owners, and the very people it employs.” How often have organizations focused on social change complained that the media is ignoring their story? In a media age dominated by celebrity trials and missing children, it is a constant battle to break through the noise.
"GIRLCOTT" OVER OFFENSIVE ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH TEE'S HEATS UP | November 3, 2005 (Teen People) Ambercrombie & Fitch is in hot water... again. The popular retailer is being criticized for carrying a line of women's T-shirts that broadcast messages like, "Who needs brains when you have these," "Give me something to scream about," and "Available for parties." But a group of Pennsylvania girls from the Allegheny County Girls as Grantmakers, an organization that supports women's issues, says that enough is enough. They've decided to take action by spearheading a national "girlcott" of the store. The retailer pulled the T-shirts over the complaints. Read article
DOES 50 CENT BILLBOARD PROMOTE VIOLENCE? Twenty-one billboards plugging rapper 50 Cent's movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" are coming down amid opposition from community groups. The billboards show the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, holding a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other. "The message could be 'rob to get rich.' ... It's a very offensive message that is part of a mind-set that says you can solve problems with violence," said Bilal Qayyum, a leader of the antiviolence group Men United for a Better Philadelphia.
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In the September issue of The New Yorker magazine, the retailer, Target bought up all the advertising space in the magazine. The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) scolded the magazine for violating the society's guidelines by not including a note that alerted the readers that the advertiser did not influence the editorial content. The unusual aspect of this issue is that Target used all the same illustrators normally used in the magazine to accompany editorial content, yet ASME did not believe that the advertiser influenced the editorial content.
Vocal critic Lewis Lazare, a columnist at The Chicago Sun-Times described the all-Target New Yorker as “the most jaw-dropping collapse of the so-called sacred wall between editorial and advertising in modern magazine history.” However, many editors and advertisers have disagreed, calling the issue a masterstroke of magazine advertising that did not breach the boundary between ads and editorial. In the age of product placements inside television programming, the print world is looking to ways to find the same type of revenue and success. In a recent survey of traditional and nontraditional marketing methods by the Public Relations Society of America and Harris Interactive, most respondents see product placements as acceptable practices and the majority also think that the government does about the right amount or should do less to regulate marketing practices. Read Survey

>>>>>>PEW INTERNET AND AMERICAN LIFE PROJECT RELEASES REPORT | By Amanda Lenhart, and Mary Madden | Teen Content Creators and Consumers: More than half of online teens have created content for the internet; and most teen downloaders think that getting free music files is easy to do. American teenagers today are utilizing the interactive capabilities of the internet as they create and share their own media creations. Fully half of all teens and 57% of teens who use the internet could be considered Content Creators. They have created a blog or webpage, posted original artwork, photography, stories or videos online or remixed online content into their own new creations. Read Report

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