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By Aaron Zeiler, frank Social Media Director

How much is too much?

 In Human Rights Reporting, the Perils of too Much Information

New technology, including Twitter and geo-referenced field documentation, is opening doors for  journalists, especially with the help of human rights organizations who can reach locations that journalist cannot visit. But access to all this information requires a cautious eye. Journalists need to decide if the information is reliable, who can access it and how much to give.

Columbia Journalism Review

Banning Words On Instagram Totally Backfired

In this week’s example of “why we need to make research-based decisions”: Georgia Institute of Technology found that participation in pro-eating disorder communities increased by as much as 30 percent after these communities found ways to communicate around Instagram’s keyword ban. Research can help us know if we are doing too much before we start a campaign.



Freed Willy

 The End of SeaWorld’s Orca-Breeding Program

After multiple protests and lowered attendance to the parks, SeaWorld announced that it would no longer breed orcas in captivity. Blackfish started this movement, showing how a film can create meaningful behavior change. SeaWorld said it best: “Society is changing and we’re changing with it.”

The Atlantic


What the health?

 Abortion Booklets from States are Misinforming Women

A study by Rutgers University analyzed informational booklets from 23 states and found that 31 percent of the information about embryological and fetal development was inaccurate. Patients deserve to be given correct information about their health.


The Youngest Casualties in the War on Obesity

Public weighing and BMI checks in schools, which is not supported by the CDC, has played a role in the increase of eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Kathleen MacDonald from the national Eating Disorder Coalition worked tirelessly to change this practice, inspiring grassroots groups, parents and students to take action as well.

Pacific Standard


Posted on March 18, 2016

Talking about what’s working and why.