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Media Justice League Presents (MJL)

Guilty Pleasures Series…Chocolate and Television
Two events to help you consume what you enjoy healthfully

January 19, 2011 - San Antonio, TX - From too much unfiltered “Flavor of Love” and
“Americaʼs Next Top Model” to too much processed candy, mindless consumption is harmful to
our health. Join us for our pre-Valentines “Guilty Pleasures” Series with widely published, and
nationally recognized, media critic Jennifer Pozner on hand to help you unpack gender, race
and class biases in the media, from your favorite reality TV shows to news stories about your
community. Join Jennifer Pozner and the Media Justice League:

• February 9, 6:30PM—9:00PM at C4 Workspace, “Media Literacy, Media Outreach:

Unpacking and Changing Stories About Our Lives.” This hands-on workshop, conducted
in two sections, will help participants learn to identify, deconstruct and challenge gender,
race and class biases in news and entertainment media. A media literacy framework will
introduce you to critical   questions you can bring to every form of media you engage
with, and a media training session will help you learn how to work with journalists to
improve media coverage of the issues and people you care about. (limited to 50
• February 10, 5:00PM—7:00PM,  at the Twig Bookstore, “Reality Bites Back: The
Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV.” In this lively multimedia presentation and
interactive Q&A, Pozner will discuss sexism, racism and commercial biases in reality
television, and help you banish the phrase “mindless entertainment” from your
vocabulary. A book signing will follow.

Stephanie Tate, MJLʼs Strategic Communications Intern, will ply  participants with a variety of
delicious chocolates at both events. Just in time for Valentines Day, whether itʼs decadent treats
or sketchy reality TV, these events will help you consume what you enjoy healthfully.

# “F*CKING AMAZING BOOK!!! Everyone who owns a TV, or plans to interact with
! anyone who owns a TV needs to read this book! It is insightful, well written, and an
! easy funny fun read. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is easily the best
! new non fiction Iʼve read in years! For reals yʼall: do yourself a favor and pick it up!”
# – Cecilia Lederer, Comedian and Writer, The Colbert Report

# “Reality Bites Back is a MUST READ for casual reality TV watchers, committed reality
# TV show addicts and those frustrated by the onslaught of reality television. It is a
# comprehensive, well-researched, intelligent look at voyeur culture and what reality
# television tells us about our cultural understanding of race, class, gender and status.”
# – Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Executive Editor,
The book is currently available for sale in bookstores everywhere both online and offline, on the
author's website, the publisher's site http://, and The workshop will take place on Wednesday,
February 9th from 6:30PM—9:00PM at the C4 Workspace, located at 108 King William in
Southtown. The book signing will take place on Thursday, February 10th from 5:00 PM—7:00
PM at 'The Twig Book Store', located in the old Pearl Brewery, now referred to as Pearl, at 200
E Grayson, Ste. 124. Those attending may bring their own copy of the book or purchase books
at the signing.

For permissions requests and review copies, contact:

Eva Zimmerman, Publicist, Seal Press/Perseus Books
Phone: 510-809-3834

For media interviews contact the author:

Jennifer L. Pozner, Executive Director, Women In Media & News (WIMN)
Phone: 347-564-5190
Email: or
Twitter: @jennpozner

For information related to event programming contact:

DeAnne Cuellar, Executive Director, Media Justice League (MJL)
Phone: 210-896-9141
Twitter: @deannecuellar

Jennifer L. Pozner is founder and executive director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), a
media analysis, education and advocacy group. She is also managing editor of WIMNʼs Voices,
the popular group blog on women and the media. Her book, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling
Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV (Seal Press, Nov. 1, 2010), grew out of WIMNʼs media analysis

The Media Justice League (MJL) are diverse media justice organizers collaborating with
communities, advocating for social justice, and providing support to organizations; strategically
using all aspects of music, media, and technology at the grassroots.

We work to ensure equity in the distribution, production and accessibility of media, music and

The Perseus Books Group is an independent company committed to enabling independent

publishers to reach their potential whether those publishers are Perseus-owned, joint ventures
or owned by third parties.