Jennifer L. Pozner

Women In Media & News; Reality Bites Back
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Media critic Jennifer L. Pozner is a journalist, author, and the Founding Director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), which increases women’s presence and power in public debate through media analysis, education, and advocacy.

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry called Jennifer’s book, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, “required reading for every American girl and woman.” Cecelia Lederer, writer for “The Colbert Report,” describes Reality Bites Back as “insightful, funny, fun…Everyone who owns a TV, or plans to interact with anyone who owns a TV, needs to read this book.” Jennifer also produced, co-wrote and starred in the satirical media literacy web series, “Reality Rehab with Dr. Jenn.”

Jennifer’s freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Ms. magazine, Elle Canada, Macleans, In These Times, Bitch magazine, Salon, and AlterNet, among many others. She has delivered media commentary on CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, HLN, FOX, NPR, CBC…and “The Daily Show.” And, because she's a sucker for punishment, she's gone head to head with the most blustery boys of cable news, including Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Joe Scarborough.

Jennifer has served as an advisor and featured analyst for several documentaries, including the award-winning OWN film Miss Representation, interviewed alongside Rachel Maddow, Katie Couric, Gloria Steinem, Delores Huerta, Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice,and Margaret Cho.

A noted media literacy educator, Jennifer has spoken on gender, race, class, and sexuality in the media – and facilitated media literacy workshops -- at more than 200 schools, conferences, non-profits and businesses across the United States, Canada, Turkey, and the United Nations. (Some talks include “Project Brainwash: Why Reality TV Is Bad for Women…and men, people of color, the economy, love, sex, and sheer common sense”; “When Anchormen Attack: Sexism & Racism in Election Coverage”; and “Hillary Clinton Is a Size 8 & Other Useless Things I Learned From the News”; among other topics related to journalism, entertainment, advertising, media policy, and their effects on a slate of social justice issues.) Additionally, she conducts media trainings for gender and racial justice groups including Women for Afghan Women, SPARK, NOW, YWCA, and others.

Forbes named @jennpozner one of “20 Inspiring Women To Follow On Twitter.” She cribbed her personal motto from Ani DiFranco: “I fight with love, I laugh with rage. You gotta live light enough to see the humor, and long enough to see some change.”