Friday, May 27, 2011

Tampa Girl Scouts Complete MEdia Program

"Media isn't always what it appears to be," according to Cadette Girl Scout Abigail Barnes. Tampa Bay Online reports that Barnes, along with Girl Scout Troop 1125, celebrated a completion of Girl Scout Leadership Journey "It's Your Story — Tell It!" by sharing her experiences with other troops at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa.

As Cadette-level scouts, the girls' curriculum focused on print, television and radio media and how it affects their lives. The girls attended workshops on song lyrics, magazine advertisements and music videos throughout the year and were challenged to come up with what is unrealistic in the advertisement and how to change it.

The activities aimed to help the girls look at advertisements, videos and songs to see how businesses trying to sell products may project an image that is not always correct.

Girl Scouts of the USA's PSA, Watch What You Watch, received a 2011 Gracie Award recently in Los Angeles. Watch What You Watch was created for a collaborative initiative with the Girl Scouts of the USA that emphasizes the importance of helping children make educated choices in media viewing. The Gracies, bestowed by the Alliance for Women in Media, celebrates and honors programming that is created for women, by women and about women, as well as individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the industry.

Do you think the media projects unrealistic images?