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The importance of media literacy in our media-driven culture

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Raychel Stewart

September 4, 2018

The average American spends up to 12 hours each day interacting with media, according to eMarketer’s latest report. More time is spent watching TV and scrolling through social media than getting a good night’s rest. Our society has become a media-driven culture, yet few universities offer cl...

Dean Jay Kvapil will retire at the end of July

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Kenneth Berry

July 7, 2015

Dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, Jay Kvapil, announced Monday that he will retire at the end of July due to ongoing health issues. Kvapil served as Dean for the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communications for the 2014-2015 academic year. "I wish I could...

Documentary focuses on the media’s minimal attention to third parties in politics

Antione Bowman

May 7, 2015

“Left Out: Beyond the Two-Party Horse Race,” a documentary film featuring philosopher Noam Chomsky, former presidential candidate Ralph Nader and journalist Amy Goodman, will screen in CSUN’s Armer Theater in Manzanita Hall on Friday at 7 p.m. The film, produced, written, and directed by Jesse...

The effect of LGBT characters in our generation

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Aiyi Kang

March 4, 2015

The popular Nickelodeon animated TV show “The Legend of Korra” helped fuel the debates of queer representation in children's media, because the season finale ended with a same-sex relationship. The creators even confirmed Korra and Asami are bisexual. “You can celebrate it, embrace it,...

Racist representations in the media needs to change

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Natanya Toomes

October 15, 2014

Black and white, two hues usually set to depict opposites. From films to one’s own reality, these shades alone hold the power of how we view each other in society. In many films and TV shows, black people are primarily depicted as the drug dealers, the thugs or the hardcore convicts. In the meantime, white people are p...

Taking a look at marijuana in the law and in the movies

Taking a look at marijuana in the law and in the movies

Jonathan Nelson

April 17, 2014

Pot continues to be just as hot topic in Hollywood as it is on Capitol Hill. In the mid-1930s, marijuana began cropping up in films around the same time that the government was taking legislative steps to control it. Today, stoner films have become wildly popular with more mainstream stars picking up...

CSUN students discuss issues surrounding piracy and copyright laws

CSUN students discuss issues surrounding piracy and copyright laws

Alysha Garrett-Byrd

September 10, 2013

CSUN students give their opinions on piracy and current copyright laws in light of the FBI's project with the Cinema, Television and Arts department where together they created public service announcements drawing attention to these types of intellectual property issues...

Sexism in the media: Actress Kristen Stewart gained more scrutiny for affair with director Rupert Sanders

Jacqueline Kalisch

September 18, 2012

Another Hollywood cheating massacre occurred over this summer, leaving two couples with broken hearts and a million Twilight fans crying their wet n’ wild eyeliner out. On July 24, the dreary news arrived of Kristen Stewart, 22, who played the second Snow White this year (the first being ...

CSUN students honored with Rosebud awards at CSU Media Arts Festival

Katie Donahue

December 6, 2010

Eight CSUN students took home honors at the annual California State University (CSU) Media Arts Festival in early November. The festival, which took place at CSU Fullerton Nov. 6, recognizes the work of students in media arts programs throughout the CSU system. Jamie Yukich, a senior film product...

Helping and not helping: Meghan McCain and the media

Mandi Gosling

September 13, 2010

Helping: Meghan McCain With the release of her book “Dirty Sexy Politics” this week, author and columnist Meghan McCain is a moderate breath of fresh air in an increasingly partisan political climate. McCain chronicles her experiences on the campaign trail with her father, John McCain, and...

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