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Schools Crack Down As More Students Cut Class (Wall Street Journal)

August 30th, 2018
  By Tawnell D. Hobbs / Wall Street Journal   The growing problem of children skipping school has districts across the country experimenting with solutions, from punishments to rewards. Educators are divided about what approach works. Students who miss school are more likely to fall behind and are at greater risk of dropping out. Paterson Public Schools in New Jersey and other districts are sending specialists into homes to determine if hardships—such as not having clean clothes—are keeping students from showing...
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Is It Really Happening? Teens Desert Social Media (Report)

August 29th, 2018
Generation Z has grown up online – so why are a surprising number suddenly turning their backs on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat?   By Sirin Kale – The Guardian   For 17-year-old Mary Amanuel, from London, it happened in Tesco. “We were in year 7,” she remembers, “and my friend had made an Instagram account. As we were buying stuff, she was counting the amounts of likes she’d got on a post. ‘Oooh, 40 likes. 42 likes.’ I just thought: ‘This is ridiculous.’”...
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‘Beautifully Broken’ : Variety Film Review

August 29th, 2018
An intelligently inspiring faith-based drama that links the fates of families in Rwanda and Nashville. By Joe Leydon, Variety Solidly crafted and intelligently inspiring, Beautifully Broken skillfully entwines three narratives about faith, forgiveness, and fortuitous interconnections in a drama that likely will receive a warm reception from audiences with a taste for evangelical entertainment. Director Eric Welch and his co-writers attempt a tricky balancing act here, comparing and contrasting the struggles of two African families...
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To Fend Off Netflix Movie Theaters Try 3-Screen Immersion

August 15th, 2018
  Sit at the back of the movie theater, and it’s possible to see the appeal of ScreenX, the latest attempt to drag film lovers off the sofa and away from Netflix.   Instead of one screen, there are three - one at the front, and two on the sides - to add to the immersive experience you can’t get from the home TV.   First adopted in South Korea in 2012, the system is being launched in the U.K. and theater chain Cineworld plans to add over 100 new screens to the worldwide count of 151.   The technology...
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Detroit Prayer Vigil For Aretha Franklin Began At Dawn Today

August 15th, 2018
  People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor. The special vigil at New Bethel Baptist Church began before dawn Wednesday (Aug. 15).    The prayers come one day after Stevie Wonder visited the ailing Queen of Soul at her home. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Franklin’s ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman, also visited Franklin, who is seriously ill.       For more of this story, go here.    
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Teen Television Consumption Drops By Half In 5 Years: Study

August 13th, 2018
 Teens have long wielded soft influence over Hollywood. But today's youth is at the center of the biggest shift in consumption habits that the video industry has seen. The post-millennial cohort known as Gen Z (anyone between the ages of approximately 8 and 22) is abandoning linear TV at faster rates than predicted even a few years ago.   Teens are watching 49 percent less traditional television than they did five years ago, Nielsen revealed July 31 in the latest installment of its Total Audience Report. But that doesn't mean...
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Screenagers Aren’t Alone: US Adults Spending 11 Hours Daily In Media

August 1st, 2018
The world has never been more connected, and U.S. audiences have never had as many options to access content as they do these days. In short, consumers in the U.S. seem like they can’t get enough content, and the possibilities for marketers to reach them, while fragmented, is an opportunity that is just too good to pass on. According to the first-quarter 2018 Nielsen Total Audience Report, nearly half an adults’ day is dedicated to consuming this content. In fact, American adults spend over 11 hours per day listening to,...
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