Author Archives: Barbara Ray

Longer, original posts bring readers back

recent post at Salon by Kerry Lauerman got me wondering if maybe the tide is turning, and social media is returning to what works: depth of content and an original perspective.

Lauerman is reporting from the front lines of online publications. Salon was one of the first into this new world of digital media with its fully online “magazine.” (We still have not found a good name for these kinds of publications.) Way back in, what, 1997 (?), Salon launched itself without the doppleganger of a paper version. Just as we look at modern steel-and-glass skyscrapers today and say, meh, what’s the big deal?, Salon might not seem like such a revelation, but at the time, it was. And now, bonus, it has a long history of experimentation to draw on. [More]

Common Sense Media–A champion for kids, parents, and teachers

We’re thrilled to add Common Sense Media to our client roster. We’ve admired their work for years as we’ve covered the intersection of technology and education for Spotlight on Digital Media & Learning. Common Sense Media offers parents and teachers tools to help navigate the sometimes perilous, often exhilarating, online world and harness its power for good. Best known for their rating systems of all things media, they’ve quickly become a leader in the field, offering developmentally appropriate ratings of everything from games to apps to movies, informing parents about privacy and safety online, and creating a rich curriculum for educators to teach kids how to be good online “citizens.” They are truly helping kids thrive in a digital world. [More]

How Think Tanks Are Using Social Media

A senior communications advisor at one of the oldest think tanks in the country talks about how they are using social media to get their research findings out to policymakers, journalists, and the public.

We sat down with the Brookings Institution’s David Jackson. He says all the things your English teacher taught you about strong topic sentences are even more important today. [More]

Barbara Ray was an instrumental collaborator on our book "Mother's Work and Children's Lives." She not only synthesized and brought to life a wide body of analysis on the politics of welfare reform, but she also expertly integrated our qualitative and quantitative evidence to provide a vivid description of low-income working mothers in the post-welfare reform era.”

Ariel KalilProfessor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

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