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Sunday, April 15

9:00am PDT

One on one with Mark Saxenmeyer: Reality TV with a Purpose

Veteran news reporter Mark Saxenmeyer dares mention the words “reality TV” and “meaningful dialogue” in the same sentence, and calls some of his recent work “reality TV with a purpose.”  Saxenmeyer produced Experiment: Gay and Straight, and The Experiment in Black and White, while working at FOX News Chicago. In each program, 10 Chicago-area residents (5 gay and 5 straight in the former example; 5 black and 5 white in the latter) lived together for a week and discussed everything (to use examples from Experiment in Black and White) from affirmative action, slavery reparations and racial profiling, to discrimination, crime, and stereotypes.

This panel will open with clips from the Experiments, and then Saxenmeyer will respond to questions from Rebecca Lind and the audience. What challenges did he face when producing these shows? How important were the ratings? What were the legal issues and how did he handle them? What about casting? Editing? Promotion? How did he turn a series of news stories aired on successive nights into a long-form documentary? What would he do differently now? How did the program use new/interactive media? Is there a place for "reality TV" on the news? What is the future of news?
Moderator: Norm Medoff, Northern Arizona University
Panelists: Rebecca Ann Lind, University of Illinois at Chicago; Mark Saxenmeyer, KSTP-TV

Sunday April 15, 2012 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Pavilion 1

3:00pm PDT

Creating Better Children's Programming Through Awareness: Studies of Production Techniques, Affection and Race/Ethnicity Expressed in Humor
There are many issues surrounding television programming aimed at youth. Reviewing the work of student panelists will illustrate the following: expressions of Affection in Kids' Shows and the effect; differing production techniques in children's commercials and gender differences (including economic impact of production expenses); and race/ethnicity as expressed with humor and potential effects on youth viewers of prime-time animated programming. Conclusions illustrate the economic, behavioral and production impact of the creation of programming and commercials for a youthful audience (under the age of 19). Moderator: Kathe Lehman-Meyer, St. Mary's University
Panelists: Stephanie Martinez; St. Mary's University, Race-based Media Socialization: A look into animated prime-time sitcoms
Joshua Amaro Dunn, St. Mary's University; The Babies and Bathwater of Children's Programming: A qualitative Analysis of Authentic and Inauthentic Expressions of Affection in Kids' Shows
Gabriela Guajardo, St. Mary's University; Jesus Garcia, St Mary's University, Production Techniques in Children's Television Commercials: An Examination of Gender Stereotypes

Sunday April 15, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Conference Room 2
Monday, April 16

11:45am PDT

I’m Too Pretty to do Homework: Mediated Models for Girls, Mainstream Messages, and Modern Media Literacy
This dynamic panel will focus on controversial messages targeted to the impressionable and vulnerable young female audience, and discuss how girls are encouraged to participate in a “Dreamworld”-like performance of femininity and sexuality. Topics include hyper-sexualized images of very young girls, circulation of gendered, racialized, classed, and sexualized stereotypes reinforced through technology, and messages pressuring girls to lose weight, whether via books aimed at children as young as 4 or through pro-ana (anorexia)/pro-mia (bulimia)/thinspiration blogs Moderator: Erin Leigh Ryan, Kennesaw State University
Panelists: Rachel Raimist, The University of Alabama; Lauren Reichart Smith, Auburn University; Karen Sichler, The University of Georgia

Monday April 16, 2012 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Conference Room 7

1:15pm PDT

Body Image in Film and Televisual Media

This panel seeks to promote discussion of a prevalent and controversial issue in modern media; does film, television, or other forms of media feature healthy images of female or male body types? Do producers of visual media perpetuate physically unattainable images of beauty, and if so, why do they continue to produce such fare, and what are the effects upon their intended (or unintended) audiences? How does gender fit into this? This panel will delve into such issues and more.

avatar for Lisa Pecot-Hebert, Ph.D.

Lisa Pecot-Hebert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/Director, Journalism M.S. Program, University of Southern California
Lisa Pecot-Hébert, Ph.D. has been teaching at the college level for 20 years. She teaches a variety of print, broadcast and multimedia undergraduate and graduate courses and serves as the director of graduate journalism at USC Annenberg. Lisa also serves as the advisor for the USC... Read More →

Monday April 16, 2012 1:15pm - 2:30pm PDT
Conference Room 4

4:15pm PDT

Stereotypes, Television and Cross Platform Content

While stereotyping has been fought for years, stereotypes are still at the core of many television programs and their associated cross platform content. This quick moving panel will present highlights of research on current television shows conducted by students at California State University Chico and Washington State. Moderator: Jennifer Meadows, California State University, Chico
Panelists: Jennifer Skinner, Chico State University; Stereotypes and "The Big Bang Theory"
Spenser Tilus, Chico State University; Stereotypes and "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
Rachel Sauerbier, Washington State University; Reluctant Stereotypes: The Use and Reinforcements of Stereotypes on Social Networking Sites
Erica Markham, Chico State University; Stereotypes and "Modern Family"
Jon Ortez, Chico State University; Stereotypes and "Jersey Shore"
Jonathan Bohlander, Chico State University; Stereotypes and "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette"

Monday April 16, 2012 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Conference Room 7