The Editors Collective (EC) has partnered with NYWIFT to present a conversation about reality television content that promotes negative stereotypes (racial, gender, sexual orientation, etc.).
Working in reality television, many producers and editors are asked to craft shows with material that reinforces negative bias, and are unsure how to best intervene. This panel aims to encourage solidarity and a sense of agency among producers and editors who want to affect change in the reality television industry.
Photo Credit: Reality Bites Back/Seal Press
Jennifer L. Pozner is a media critic, journalist, author and the Founding Director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), a media analysis, education and advocacy organization. Her book, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, was described by The Colbert Report writer Cecelia Lederer as “insightful, funny, fun…everyone who owns a TV needs to read this book!”. Pozner has also written for the New York Times, Newsweek, Ms. and Salon, and has provided media analyses for major networks as an advisor for the award-winning documentary Miss Representation. Pozner has also spoken about media issues at over 200 colleges, non-profits, and businesses throughout the U.S., Canada, and Turkey.
Rashad Robinson serves as the Executive Director of ColorOfChange, the nation's largest online civil rights organization. Under his leadership, CoC has been at the forefront of issues ranging from justice for Trayvon Martin to battling attempts to suppress the Black vote. He has been featured on ABC, BET, CNN, MSNBC, OWN, the New York Times, Fast Company, NPR and the Huffington Post. For four years, Robinson was named to The Root 100 of the Washington Post and is a recipient of awards from Demos and Americans for Democratic Action. He previously worked at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Right to Vote and FairVote. Robinson currently serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including ALLOUT, Applied Research Center and Demos.
Kathryn Hood-Moore is an editor, filmmaker, curator, and entrepreneur whose companies, Montbello Films LLC and Hood Vision, specialize in end to end production of original multimedia content. Her recent work includes editing Bravo’s Don't Be Tardy and a special on Nelson Mandela. Other titles include Real Housewives, Southern Charm, African American Lives and For Colored Boys. She is presently producing a documentary about the Democratic Republic of Congo starring Dikembo Mutombo and a short film on the Ibo traditions of resistance in Trinidad/Tobago.