Category Archives: Press Release

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January 2, 2020

Hit Radio Show Brings Family Planning, Gender Equality Information to Nearly 2 Million People

January 2, 2020 — Following the sweeping popularity of the first season of Agashi (“Hey! Look Again!”), PMC launched a second season to widespread acclaim in Burundi. With 208 episodes, Agashi 2 addressed a number of key themes including reproductive health, gender equality, family planning, hygiene, and nutrition. And...

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December 17, 2019

Breaking Fears and Opening Conversation on Teen Pregnancy, Gender-Based Violence in Mexico

December 17, 2019 — In 2018, 32.7 million girls and women in Mexico were mothers. Six out of every ten of them were around 14 years old when they had their first child. When Population Media Center (PMC), an NGO creating entertainment driven by social impact, researched the...

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November 21, 2019

PMC Welcomes Erica Goldberg as New Program Manager

November 21, 2019 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international leader in entertainment designed to empower girls and protect the environment, is pleased to announce the addition of Erica Goldberg as Program Manager. Goldberg, who has more than seven years’ experience managing international USAID projects, will be managing PMC’s work in...

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November 18, 2019

At the Nairobi Summit, PMC Comes Full Circle

November 18, 2019 — Population Media Center’s founder and President, Bill Ryerson, recently attended the Nairobi Summit — a critical international event marking the 25th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, or ICPD. Bill joined over 6,000 world leaders, NGO representatives, youth activists, and...

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October 15, 2019

Donor Spotlight: Arden Down

October 15, 2019 — Arden Down doesn’t want to help anyone. That may sound like a surprising statement coming from a woman whose career has been oriented around counseling others and whose life is packed with activism and volunteering. “I don’t want to help people,” she says, “I...

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September 17, 2019

Haiti Gets Social for Extra Impact

September 17, 2019 — Poverty rates in Haiti are high, and every parent wants a good future for their child. What’s known in Haiti as “Restavek” is a system that, on the surface, is supposed to support at-risk kids. In reality, it is a form of child slavery,...

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August 29, 2019

Bringing Street Theater for Change to Nepal

August 29, 2019 — The scene: the eastern plains regions of Nepal, August 2019. The players: two nonprofits with a goal of creating lasting social change. The medium: street theater! Since 2016, Population Media Center (PMC), a global NGO creating social impact driven by entertainment, has been a...

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August 20, 2019

Join PMC in Celebrating Women’s Equality Day on August 26th

August 20, 2019 — On August 26, 1920, the United States Congress certified an amendment granting women the right to vote. The signing of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution followed a rugged 40-year history in which activists faced ostracism, brutality, and criminal records in their fight...

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July 23, 2019

Population Media Center Launches New Show, Jolokoto, in Nigeria

July 23, 2019 — A nonprofit entertainment company dedicated to social impact, Population Media Center (PMC), is thrilled to announce the launch of Jolokoto (“Mirror of Life”), its seventh radio show in Nigeria. Previous shows have been highly popular and impactful, shifting perspectives and social acceptability around widespread...

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July 19, 2019

Population Media Center Adds Marketing Associate, Kyle Bodge

July 19, 2019 — Population Media Center (PMC) has expanded its Marketing and Communications team, welcoming Kyle Bodge to the role of Marketing Associate. A recent graduate from the University of Vermont with a BS in Health Sciences, Bodge has three years of publicity coordination, social media management,...

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July 17, 2019

Welcoming Donor Engagement Officer Bria Holness to PMC

July 17, 2019 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit implementing entertainment-education to improve the rights of women and girls and environmental protections, is pleased to announce the addition of Bria Holness in the new role of Donor Engagement Officer. Holness’ addition to the Development team will...

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July 2, 2019

Population Media Center’s Bill Ryerson wins Lifetime Achievement Award from NonProfitPRO

July 2, 2019 — The June edition of NonProfitPRO recognized the “2019 Nonprofit Professionals of the Year.” Included among those recognized this year is Bill Ryerson, President and Founder of Population Media Center (PMC). There are nine categories within the contest and Ryerson was selected as the winner...

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June 28, 2019

The Future is Bright: Winners of the 2019 Scholarship Video Contest

June 28, 2019 — Four current and upcoming college students are celebrating $1,000 scholarship prizes after winning this year’s “One Planet, Many People” video contest organized by Population Media Center (PMC). By creating videos under a minute long that examine the impacts of human population growth on their...

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June 18, 2019

Co-Production with Televisa to Impact Teen Pregnancy in Mexico

June 18, 2019 — Earlier this month, the Vice President of Content at Televisa, a Mexican entertainment company that is the largest source of programming in the Spanish-speaking world, announced an upcoming project with Population Media Center (PMC). Rosy Ocampo, a Mexican television executive and producer now responsible...

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June 4, 2019

Training for the Future in Uganda

June 4, 2019 — This past month, the selection process for writers and producers for Population Media Center’s two new shows in Uganda commenced. Held at Kabira Country Club in Bukoto, a suburb of the Capital City Kampala, 39 writers attended the first week of training in addition to...

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May 20, 2019

Bringing a New Sound to Siñalamba

May 20, 2019 — Every good show has to have great music. It sets the mood. It transports our minds to particular places, characters, and stories. As a part of one of PMC’s new radio shows, Siñalamba (“Breaking the Barrier”) in Zambia, PMC-Zambia ran a contest asking people...

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May 10, 2019

Spotlight: Dr. Negussie Teffera

May 10, 2019 — Recognizing his tremendous service to Population Media Center, the Board of Directors recently recognized Dr. Negussie Teffera for his exemplary and dedicated work as Resident Representative of PMC-Ethiopia from 2000 to 2019. In a resolution on April 16th, the board honored his two decades...

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May 1, 2019

PMC Welcomes Carly Wickell as Prospect Research and Database Manager

May 1, 2019 — Population Media Center announced a new position earlier this year, hiring Carly Wickell as the nonprofit’s first Prospect Research and Database Manager. Carly is an Information Technology Manager with over six years of experience in relational database maintenance, SQL, user-centered research as well as experience in leadership, analytics, and reporting. Her most...

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April 19, 2019

Understanding Changes to Giving from your RMD

April 19, 2019 — Written by Bill Ryerson. Some PMC donors have reached the magical age of 70 1⁄2 when required minimum distributions (RMDs) from IRAs begin to happen. And now that many donors have lost the ability to itemize charitable contributions with the recent tax legislation, I...

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April 2, 2019

Population Media Center Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

April 2, 2019 — On March 20, 2019, Population Media Center’s strong financial health along with its accountability and transparency earned it another 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the seventh consecutive year that Population Media Center (PMC) has received this top distinction. Only six...

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March 19, 2019

Inheritance for a Better Future: Results of PMC Drama in Rwanda

March 19, 2019 — Population Media Center (PMC) and PMC’s local office, Umurage Communication for Development, based in Kigali, Rwanda recently concluded national broadcast of the radio show, Umurage. Umurage ran for one year (156 episodes, broadcast June 2017  – June 2018) in Kinyarwanda, one of Rwanda’s official languages. The...

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March 5, 2019

Throughout Hard Times, We Must Persevere

March 5, 2019 — Last summer, a fuel riot erupted in Haiti after the government announced a reduction in fuel subsidies which would result in major increases in the price of gasoline, diesel, and kerosene. The announcement led to protests and civil unrest throughout the country for days...

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February 27, 2019

2019 TV PMC Scholarship Announced

February 27, 2019 — CineStory is excited to announce that E. Napoletano is the recipient of the 2019 Population Media Center (PMC) CineStory Scholarship. PMC will cover the cost for E. to attend the 2019 CineStory TV retreat held in Idyllwild, CA this March. E. Napoletano hails from...

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February 19, 2019

PMC’s Scholarship Video Contest is Back for 2019

February 19, 2019 — Last year, Population Media Center awarded $4,000 USD in prizes to the winners of the “One Planet, Many People” video contest for 14-18 year olds around the world. Last year’s contest saw hundreds of amazing entries focused on exploring how a rapidly growing human...

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February 5, 2019

Stopping Child Marriage: Results of PMC Shows in Nepal

February 5, 2019 — Nepal has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with Girls Not Brides reporting 41 percent of Nepali girls being married before they are 18 years old. Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit entertainment company, addressed child marriage as...

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November 20, 2018

Population Media Center Launches Season 3 of Umurage in Rwanda

November 20, 2018 — Population Media Center is excited to announce Umurage (“Inheritance for a Better Future”) will be back for another season in Rwanda! Umurage has captured the hearts and imagination of Rwandans with season two reaching an estimated 1.1 million loyal listeners every week from June 2017 to...

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October 12, 2018

Population Media Center Taps Lisa Caruso as New Head of U.S. Content

October 12, 2018 — Following the success of its multi-Emmy Award® nominated series East Los High, Population Media Center (PMC) has launched a dedicated US content arm led by Lisa Caruso. It will be focused on developing, financing, and producing original series in various formats and genres on traditional...

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September 18, 2018

Saving Apes with the Jane Goodall Institute

September 18, 2018 — Photo by Carlos Drews courtesy of the Jane Goodall Institute. The main objective of The Journal of Development Communication is to examine the role of communication in national and regional development. The most recent edition of the journal includes an article authored by three Population...

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July 17, 2018

A Declaration about Social and Behavior Change Communications

July 17, 2018 — On July 3rd, the organizers of the 2018 International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit (SBCC Summit) shared the declaration that emerged from the event. The five-day summit, held two months ago in Indonesia, included 1,200 professionals from 90 different countries and focused on...

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July 12, 2018

Shepherding in “A New Reality”: The Context for a Shift in Values

July 12, 2018 — On June 26, 2018, A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future was released. Although it certainly looks at a mix of science and culture, this book diverges from many sustainability books. Its ambitions and lessons are both grand and simple, interpreting, understanding,...

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July 10, 2018

#RidiculousRight raises awareness on July 11, 2018

July 10, 2018 — On July 11th, 2018, concerned citizens and global advocates celebrated World Population Day, an annual event that emphasizes the urgency and importance of population issues. This year, the focus was “Family Planning is a Human Right.” Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit dedicated...

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June 15, 2018

PMC Celebrates 20 Years

June 15, 2018 — Population Media Center (PMC) has broadcast in more than 50 countries and helped more than 500 million people live healthier lives. When PMC started in 1998, we hoped to build a community of donors, volunteers, and advocates — and we hoped to make a...

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June 13, 2018

USAID Awards $2.6M to Population Media Center to Improve Health of Women and Children in Zambia

June 13, 2018 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently awarded $2.6 million to Population Media Center (PMC) to develop and disseminate content targeting behavior change for use on community radio to support improvements in the health of Zambian women and...

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May 11, 2018

More than 350,000 Congolese tuned in every week

May 11, 2018 — It’s estimated that more than 350,000 Congolese listened regularly to Pambazuko (“New Dawn”), an entertaining radio show in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that was designed to educate as well as entertain. Listeners showed increased knowledge in topics ranging from contraception to...

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May 2, 2018

2018 PMC Video Contest Winners Announced

May 2, 2018 — Population Media Center awarded $4,000 USD in prizes to winners of this year’s “One Planet, Many People” video contest for 14-18-year-olds around the world. The contest featured cash prizes for creating a short video, under two minutes, exploring how a rapidly growing human population might...

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May 1, 2018

PMC Shares and Learns at International Entertainment-Education Summit

May 1, 2018 — Entertainment-education is a dynamic field with diverse application. From April 16-20, 2018 the International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit (SBCC Summit) focused on the power of entertainment-education, and Population Media Center (PMC) was a sponsoring organization for the conference. The cross-section of 1,200...

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April 16, 2018

Reverend Itang Young Joins PMC’s Board of Directors

April 16, 2018 — Reverend Itang Young tends to be drawn to big challenges. That’s why she has dedicated much of her time and talents toward advocating for youth, environmental justice, and women and girls in marginalized communities. She has built her personal and professional life around a...

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April 12, 2018

East Los High Finale Nominated for Daytime Emmy

April 12, 2018 — On March 21, 2018, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced East Los High as a nominee for “Outstanding Directing Special Class.” This is the sixth Daytime Emmy nomination for the East Los High series, which finished its U.S. broadcast in December...

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March 20, 2018

Robert Wyman: Paying it Forward

March 20, 2018 — Robert Wyman, Professor of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology at Yale University, has been an activist concerned with overpopulation for a long time. While he was on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, he met PMC’s President, Bill Ryerson, and started serving on...

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March 16, 2018

Wishing Paul Ugalde a Fond Farewell

March 16, 2018 — After 12 years as Population Media Center’s Director of Development, Paul Ugalde has decided it’s time to switch gears. He is excited for the learning curve that will come from supporting development efforts in a different field as Development Manager for Vermont’s Shelburne Museum....

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March 6, 2018

Toma Mi Mano Begins Broadcast in Guatemala

March 6, 2018 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit that creates hit entertainment to address the rights of women and girls and environmental sustainability, just launched a new Spanish radio show in Guatemala. The 156-episode show will broadcast from now until September 2019 and will address...

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March 5, 2018

Population Media Center Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

March 5, 2018 — On March 1, 2018, Population Media Center’s strong financial health along with its transparency earned it another 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the sixth consecutive year that Population Media Center (PMC) has received this top distinction. Only six...

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February 10, 2018

In Memoriam: David Poindexter

February 10, 2018 — Population Media Center (PMC) is saddened by the loss of David Poindexter. David worked with PMC’s founder and president, Bill Ryerson, long before PMC was founded. Knowing David as colleague and friend for 47 years, Bill cites David’s mentorship as what enabled him to...

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January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. Discusses Family Planning and Population

January 15, 2018 — Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, January 15th, is a holiday in the United States. He was an incredible leader, speaking and organizing across the country and giving many famous speeches including the infamous “I have a dream” speech. He was a leader of the...

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January 10, 2018

rePROS Fight Back: A Podcast for everything sexual and reproductive health and rights

January 10, 2018 — The first year of the Trump/Pence administration brought with it incredible attacks on sexual and reproductive health and rights. With policies, both international and domestic in scope, that are impacting the health and lives of people around the world, Population Institute has launched rePROS...

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December 19, 2017

Population Media Center Partners with Marketing Team in Guatemala to Stop Teen Pregnancy and Sexual Abuse

December 19, 2017 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit that creates hit entertainment to address women’s rights and the environment, is celebrating a new partnership this holiday season. PMC has partnered with an international advertising agency, Lafábrica&jotabequ/GREY, to create a new hit radio show in Guatemala....

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December 12, 2017

Assessing Budgets from Burundi to Haiti: Susan Jones Joins Population Media Center

December 12, 2017 — Every business needs good accounting to succeed, and that becomes more challenging when your organization is split across continents, languages, and currencies. That challenge appealed to Susan Jones, Population Media Center’s (PMC) new Finance Associate, who will contribute to PMC’s overall plan to triple...

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November 21, 2017

Population Media Center Selects Associate Vice President of Development, Kiren Bansal

November 21, 2017 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit leader in entertainment-education dedicated to women’s rights and the environment, has selected Kiren Bansal to serve in the newly-created role of Associate Vice President of Development. This role is charged with shaping the strategy for contributed income...

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November 14, 2017

Looking to the Future: Population Media Center Staff from Around the World Gather

November 14, 2017 — Meetings started on Monday, October 23rd after resident representatives had arrived in the United States from Guatemala, Nepal, Burundi, Nigeria, Haiti, and others. It was the beginning of a week to plan strategically about improving operations and expanding the impact of Population Media Center...

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November 1, 2017

First Annual #GETREEL Campaign Success

November 1, 2017 — Population Media Center (PMC) launched its first annual #GETREEL campaign this fall. The 6-week effort was designed to increase awareness about the realities faced by women and girls and raise $200,000 for addressing gender inequality around the world. #GETREEL ran September 12 – October 24 and succeeded in reaching...

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August 22, 2017

Volunteer with PMC this Fall! Time to #GETREEL

August 22, 2017 — On September 12, 2017, Population Media Center (PMC) will kick-off our first ever Annual Campaign – #GETREEL. It’s an opportunity to #GETREEL about the rights of women and girls and the power entertainment has to make a difference. We want you to participate! We are looking...

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August 16, 2017

Musician Brings Unity and Hope for Social Change to Rwandan Radio Show, Umurage

August 16, 2017 — You can’t have a hit show without some catchy music. Last month Population Media Center (PMC) launched a new radio show Umurage (“Inheritance for a Better Future”) across eight radio stations in Rwanda and Igor Mabano, 22, also known in Rwanda as “Drummer,” made...

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July 26, 2017

Entertaining Ideas for a Better Future in Rwanda: A New Radio Show

July 26, 2017 — On June 27th people danced in the sun at Marasa Umubano Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda to celebrate a new radio show. The Rwandan team for the Population Media Center was launching Umurage (“Inheritance for a Better Future”), a radio drama which not only features enticing...

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July 18, 2017

#GETREEL And Get Involved!

July 18, 2017 — On September 12, Population Media Center (PMC) will kick-off our first ever Annual Campaign. This inaugural effort will be called the #GETREEL Campaign: an exciting, multi-media, multi-channel effort to educate and advocate on behalf of women and girls. With support from our PMC Board of...

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July 17, 2017

Lively Road Shows in Nigeria

July 17, 2017 — In April, the Nigerian Population Media Center (PMC) team traveled in different areas of Nigeria to promote two radio dramas currently broadcasting: Jangala (“Song of Life”) and A Dade Ana Yi (“Truth Always Prevails”). As the lively and vibrant teams traveled through busy streets playing music and...

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July 3, 2017

Birth Control in Kinshasa: It’s Not All About Availability

July 3, 2017 — In December, a new study from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital city, Kinshasa, analyzed the barriers preventing women from accessing birth control. The researchers observed that the rate of contraceptive use in Kinshasa, at 19 percent, was higher than any other province in...

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June 28, 2017

Past Successes and Looking to the Future in DR Congo

June 28, 2017 — Population Media Center (PMC), a nonprofit leader in entertainment designed to attract huge audiences and simultaneously improve the rights and well-being of people around the world, often meets with inspirational world leaders. On Friday, June 23, 2017, PMC leadership met with the Minister of...

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June 19, 2017

PMC Advisors Make a Splash in Prestigious Science magazine

June 19, 2017 — An important new article was published in Science magazine this spring, The interaction of human population, food production, and biodiversity protection. Two of the three lead authors serve on Population Media Center’s Program Advisory Board: Eileen Crist and Bob Engelman. The third, Camilo Mora,...

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June 19, 2017

Volunteers Needed! PMC’s “Get Reel”

June 19, 2017 — Population Media Center’s Get Reel campaign shows the realities for women and girls around the world and showcases the power of PMC’s entertainment to create real change. Every week of the six-week campaign will illuminate a new part of the Get Reel story.  We are recruiting...

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June 5, 2017

New Book to Reverse Global Warming Shows that the Rights of Women and Girls are Pivotal

June 5, 2017 — Paul Hawken, an environmentalist and best-selling author, set out to answer a nagging question: “Do we know what we need to do in order to arrest and reverse global warming?” The result is his latest book, Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse...

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May 8, 2017

2017 Arizona Video Contest Winners Announced

May 8, 2017 — Students from Desert View High School and Palo Verde Magnet High School in Tucson dominated the third annual video contest sponsored by the Population Media Center’s Arizona Chapter. The “One Planet, Many People” video contest, open to high school students throughout Arizona, featured cash...

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April 24, 2017

PMC’s Big Book with a Bigger Message Receives IPPY Award

April 24, 2017 — This year’s 21st annual Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) recognized Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) as an Outstanding Book of the Year. OVER tied for “Most Likely to Save the Planet.” Weighing in at over seven pounds, OVER features over 150 heart-wrenching images of the...

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April 17, 2017

An Unconventional Nepali Bride Hopes to End Child Marriage

April 17, 2017 — Sneha Jha spent her early childhood in the Mahottari district of Nepal and grew up in Kathmandu. Her mother instilled in her unusual ideas: she didn’t have to marry young and her studies were important. “I was only 15 when I appeared for my...

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April 16, 2017

Sustainable Impact Requires Being Part of the Community

April 16, 2017 — Dede Keita will explain that you need to fully understand a community to make a sustainable impact. Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit using entertainment to address social and environmental issues, completely agrees and builds this fundamental principal into its approach to creating...

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April 14, 2017

Population Media Center Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

April 14, 2017 — Four stars is the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Population Media Center, an international nonprofit dedicated to empowering women and girls and protecting the environment, earned a 4-star rating for the fifth consecutive year because of strong financial health...

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March 21, 2017

Games Designed for Burundi Schools to Help Deter Violence

March 21, 2017 — School grounds were full of games, dancing, laughing, listening, and learning in multiple Burundi provinces in September and November of 2016. It was part of the activities surrounding an important radio drama, Agashi (“Hey! Look Again”). This unusual entertainment project is designed to address...

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March 17, 2017

Celebrating Erik Bergstrom

March 17, 2017 — It is with sadness that we share the passing of Erik E. Bergstrom. Erik was the co-executive director and one of the founders of the Erik and Edith Bergstrom Foundation based in Palo Alto, California. The foundation provides grants for organizations working in population...

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February 21, 2017

Excitement in the Streets of Nigeria

February 21, 2017 — Thousands of spectators took to the streets and markets across two Nigerian states February 10th and 11th. People clamored to watch live roadshow performances and participate in the interactive radio sessions all related to popular radio dramas Jangala (“Song of Life”) and A Dade...

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January 17, 2017

Mother with a Big Heart: Newest Nigerian Chief Works for Empowerment in Villages

January 17, 2017 — Joan Jeremiah didn’t expect to be named a Chief, and she certainly didn’t expect to be named Chief in a town where she didn’t grow up and where there had been no previous female chiefs. But that’s what happened. Joan, a woman who works...

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January 9, 2017

Population Media Center Welcomes Molly Frizzell

January 9, 2017 — Population Media Center (PMC), a US-based nonprofit that uses entertainment to improve the rights of women and girls and protect the environment, is pleased to announce a new member of the headquarters team. Molly Frizzell has joined PMC as Program and Partnership Development Associate....

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January 6, 2017

Seeking Young Nepali Bride, Motorbike, and $7,000

January 6, 2017 — When Lalita Raut’s brother told her “we need to follow the culture,” she was dubious and fearful. Her fears were warranted. Lalita was born and raised in Janakpur, Mujeliya in southeastern Nepal. It’s common for young girls to be married in Nepal. In fact,...

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December 5, 2016

The Power of Stories: PMC’s Five Minute Video

December 5, 2016 —   Population Media Center’s entertaining stories create change on deeply entrenched beliefs and behaviors, particularly gender equity and the rights of women and girls. How is it possible to simultaneously entertain and create real change? The video will introduce you to the power and process...

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November 14, 2016

PMC announces new strategic plan to reach more people

November 14, 2016 — In 2014, we at Population Media Center (PMC) began to critically analyze our impact. We assessed our work, current and historic, and the state of numerous related fields to determine how PMC could strategically expand to maximize delivering on our mission. The resulting Vision...

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November 14, 2016

Arizona Video Contest Asks Students to Explore Implications of Population Growth

November 14, 2016 — Population Media Center (PMC) is pleased to announce that the “One Planet, Many People” video contest for Arizona high school students returns for its third consecutive year. The contest is now open and is offering awards of more than $4,000 in prize money. Entries...

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October 18, 2016

Nigerian Radio Broadcasts Two New Dramas

October 18, 2016 — On the morning of October 11th, more than 300 people gathered at the Starview Palace Hotel in Gwarinpa. Representatives from various UN agencies, foundations, non-governmental organizations, Nigerian media outlets, community leaders, health agencies, and religious groups gathered to celebrate two new stories that began...

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October 17, 2016

Population Media Center to Contribute Thoughts Toward the Deep Ecology Manifesto

October 17, 2016 — Deep ecology takes a perspective that goes beyond the common label of environmentalism. Deep ecology indicates a commitment to the inherent value of all living creatures. It’s a shift from the emphasis that often accompanies environmental efforts, the need or benefit to human sustainability,...

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September 20, 2016

ID Comms announces global CSR partnership with Population Media Center

September 20, 2016 — ID Comms, the global media management consultancy, has announced a global partnership with Population Media Center (PMC), a non-governmental organization that uses mass media to promote the health and rights of women and girls and protect the environment. ID Comms will provide marketing advice,...

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September 12, 2016

East Los High: Entertainment that Means Something

September 12, 2016 — On July 15th, fans got what they had been waiting for – season four of East Los High was now available on Hulu. To date, the program has received no fewer than 5 Emmy nominations and is one of the top performing shows on Hulu....

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September 6, 2016

One Story Ends and Another Begins: Burundi Celebrates Progress

September 6, 2016 — On August 23rd, the drums could be heard in Bujumbura. The Drummers of Burundi are well-known for their loud, energetic percussions, their bright red, green, and white outfits, and for their acrobatic dance moves – not to mention the huge drums on their heads....

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August 12, 2016

On a Mission at Population Media Center

August 12, 2016 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Global impact requires strategy and coordination. Almost two years ago, Population Media Center gathered its headquarters staff at a retreat in Burlington, Vermont. It was an opportunity to reflect on where the organization had been and, importantly, where it wanted to...

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July 20, 2016

Population Media Center Welcomes Lauren Montgomery-Rinehart as Program Manager

July 20, 2016 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT– Population Media Center, a US-based nonprofit that uses entertainment to promote human rights, health, and environmental protection, is pleased to announce the arrival of Lauren Montgomery-Rinehart as a Program Manager. She’ll be joining the headquarters team in the South Burlington, Vermont...

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July 19, 2016

“Papa Goliath” Changes

July 19, 2016 — KANANGA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO– Valentin Mitendo, producer of a popular radio drama in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was thrilled to learn he would get the opportunity to meet Claude Bangumba while conducting research in Kananga. Claude was known to his...

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June 2, 2016

Superstar Rajesh Hamal Says “Cut” to Listen to His Favorite Radio Drama

June 2, 2016 — KATHMANDU, NEPAL – With the film crew in the midst of an action scene, the martial arts superstar being filmed says “cut!” Usually, the director makes this call, but this is a unique case. Rajesh Hamal, a Nepali actor with so much notoriety people...

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May 23, 2016

Celebrating Ed Barry

May 23, 2016 — It is with sadness we share news of the passing of our colleague Edwin A. Barry (pictured in center) on Saturday night after a long battle with cancer. He founded the Sustainable World Initiative in 2008 at our sister organization, the Population Institute. Ed was a...

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May 20, 2016

Sunnyside High School Freshmen Dominate Video Contest

May 20, 2016 — TUCSON, AZ–The Freshman Academy at Sunnyside High School provided 500 participants and most of the winners in a recent video contest sponsored by the Population Media Center’s Arizona Chapter. It was the second annual “One Planet, Many People” video contest, open to high school...

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May 17, 2016

Population Media Center Joins Network Focused on Reproductive Rights and Environmental Sustainability

May 17, 2016 — Not everyone sees the direct connection between reproductive rights and sustainability, but the Population & Sustainability Network works to change that. With headquarters in London, the Population & Sustainability Network (PSN) works to enhance the understanding of population dynamics and clearly illuminate how ensuring...

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April 15, 2016

Nepal’s First President Celebrates Efforts to End Child Marriage this Nepali New Year

April 15, 2016 — KATHMANDU, NEPAL – As people gathered to celebrate the Nepali New Year, the former Nepali president was celebrating two new dramas designed to help stop child marriage. Population Media Center, a nonprofit that works on health and human rights issues globally, entertains audiences with...

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April 1, 2016

Population Media Center Appoints Executive Vice President, David Walker

April 1, 2016 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Population Media Center (PMC), a nonprofit dedicated to improving health and human rights globally with entertainment TV and radio programs, has selected David Walker to serve in the newly-created role of Executive Vice President. Walker will be joining the team...

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March 3, 2016

Dawn Arrives in the East: A Drama Designed to Change Eastern Congo

March 3, 2016 — DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO–On February 24, 2016, radios in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo played the opening episode of Pambazuko (“The Dawn”). Listeners began to learn about Jaribu’s post-war poverty, Sheriya’s jealous husband, and Mawazo’s love of school. These stories and...

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February 24, 2016

Homegrown Vermont NGO Joins Prestigious United Nation’s Environment Programme

February 24, 2016 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT– A Vermont-based international development nonprofit, Population Media Center (PMC), has been granted consultative status to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). “We’re excited and proud to have achieved accreditation by UNEP,” says Joe Bish, PMC’s Director of Issue Advocacy. “The application process...

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February 22, 2016

A New Chief in Nigeria Who Talks About Family Planning and Poverty

February 22, 2016 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Ephraim Okon grew up in the quiet village of Ikot Akata in Nigeria. His life in the village, and the fun of going to the farm in large groups to help with the crops, was an enjoyable one. But it...

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February 10, 2016

Four Stars for Four Years: PMC Receives Highest Rating for Fourth Consecutive Year

February 10, 2016 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – On February 1, 2016, Charity Navigator announced that for the fourth consecutive year Population Media Center (PMC) has been awarded the coveted 4-star rating, the top distinction from America’s largest independent charity evaluator. “Only nine percent of the charities we...

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February 4, 2016

In Memory of Alex Bozzette

February 4, 2016 — It is with deep sadness we share news of the unexpected death of our dear colleague, Alex Bozzette, on Monday, February 1st. Alex recently became a full-time Program Manager for PMC, after spending a year-long Global Health Corps fellowship working with the PMC-Burundi team....

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January 26, 2016

From Burundi to Washington, DC: Celebrating Entertainment Designed to Improve Life for Children and Mothers

January 26, 2016 — WASHINGTON, DC – On January 21st, the Population Institute of Washington, DC announced the winner for the best sexual health and population-focused radio show for 2015 at an evening gala in their offices on Capitol Hill. The radio show, Agashi (“Hey! Look Again!”) was...

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January 19, 2016

Join PMC in Bali for the International Conference on Family Planning

January 19, 2016 — BALI, INDONESIA — Population Media Center looks forward to an exciting International Conference on Family Planning in Bali next week. We hope to see you! Here are some specific events where PMC will be participating: January 25th Youth Pre-Conference: PMC Presents “Social Media: The Power...

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December 14, 2015

A Discussion Largely Missing from Climate Talks in Paris: Number of People

December 14, 2015 — PARIS, FRANCE – In the Climate Generations Area of the Climate Talks in Paris, people filtered through a number of displays. One featured a large TV screen showing a young girl from Burundi going to school to be a nurse. How, you might ask,...

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December 10, 2015

PMC’s Joe Bish Awarded for His “Tough Work”

December 10, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Imagine if your job required daily immersion in news articles and reports that demonstrated the demise of the living world. Women dying unnecessarily in childbirth. Climate change causing massive food shortages. Parents giving their 10-year-old girls as child brides in...

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November 30, 2015

Letter to the Editor: The Guardian

November 30, 2015 — PMC has pasted the text of a letter to the editor by PMC’s Joe Bish and Center for Biological Diversity’s Stephanie Feldstein. See the original here: George Monbiot (There’s a population crisis all right. But probably not the one you’re thinking of, 20 November)...

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October 19, 2015

Popular Radio Drama Aims to Stop Child Slavery

October 19, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – What happens when you take a popular serial drama and you put it on more than 40 radio stations, including one of the most popular radio stations in Haiti? You draw huge crowds of avid listeners, including more than 450,000...

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September 21, 2015

Kendeda Fund Awards Population Media Center $1.4M to Fight Child Marriage in Nepal

September 21, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – The Kendeda Fund, a private grantmaking foundation dedicated to supporting the dignity of individuals and the sustainability of communities through investments in transformative leaders and ideas, has awarded $1.4 million to Population Media Center (PMC) for a new national radio...

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August 17, 2015

Performers Bring Passion for Music and Social Justice to PMC’s “Zoukoutap”

August 17, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – In order for Population Media Center’s (PMC) entertainment-education programming to be effective, the entertainment component must come first—our serial dramas can’t educate listeners if they aren’t compelled to tune in again and again, week after week. For us and our...

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August 13, 2015

Elton Sherwin: Child Brides and Why I Support PMC

August 13, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Part of what makes Population Media Center (PMC) so compelling to so many supporters is that our work touches on such a myriad of important social, health, and environmental issues. For some, it’s our work on extinction of species and...

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August 4, 2015

Population Media Center Texas Chapter Announces New Executive Director

August 4, 2015 — BEDFORD, TX – The Texas Chapter of Population Media Center (PMC-Texas) has announced the hiring of Yvette Hanshaw as its new Executive Director. Officially filling the role in June 2015, Hanshaw is leading PMC-Texas’s efforts to generate awareness and grassroots engagement in environmental and...

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July 17, 2015

Radio Dramas to Hit the Airwaves in Nigeria

July 17, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Two radio soap operas have hit the airwaves in Nigeria. The dramas, Tafigawalo (Working towards Change) in Pidgin, and Hannunka Mai Sanda (Power in your Hands) in Hausa, began broadcast on 6 July 2015. The programs, written and produced by...

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July 10, 2015

World Population Day Global Petition

July 10, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT — Global Population Speak Out (Speak Out), an international environmental activist network, is petitioning Pope Francis to end the Holy Catholic Church’s opposition to the use of modern contraceptives. The launch of Speak Out’s petition coincides with World Population Day, July...

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June 25, 2015

“Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot” Circles The Globe

June 25, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT, June 25, 2015 – A provocative new environmental book, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) has become an international media sensation. Featuring over 200 heart-wrenching images, the powerful book brings stark attention to the growing crisis posed by overdevelopment and human population size...

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June 15, 2015

Burundi Slides Backwards, PMC-Burundi Moves Forward

June 15, 2015 — Guest Writer: Alex Bozzette, PMC Global Health Corps fellow in Burundi SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT — By GDP per capita, among 193 United Nations members, Burundi is the second poorest country on the planet.1 It is small, about the size of Maryland or two-thirds the...

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May 15, 2015

University High School Student Wins Statewide Video Contest About Population

May 15, 2015 — TUCSON, AZ– Joyce Wang, a student at University High School in Tucson, has won the $1,000 grand prize in a video contest sponsored by the Population Media Center’s Arizona Chapter. Her video, “Fuel,” featured Tucson street scenes and showed the contributions to climate change...

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May 13, 2015

Entertainment that Helps to Save Lives in Brazil

May 13, 2015 — RIO DE JANEIRO – It began with a simple chest pain. Later on, “Cadu” was not able to perform small gestures like climbing two or three steps or play beach soccer with his son. It could have been the symptoms of low blood pressure,...

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April 27, 2015

New Video Highlights Family Planning and Education as Two Ways to Save the Planet

April 27, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT – Parents deciding to have only two children in order to better provide for them, a young girl attending school, and a woman running a small shop at the market. These are some of the solutions to the world’s most pressing...

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April 21, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day this Year with Mother: Caring for 7 Billion

April 21, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT – April 22, 2015 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day in the United States, offering a day of reflection, celebration, and work to protect the Earth. Of course, Mother Earth is worth protecting each and every day of the year....

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April 20, 2015

Local Pastor Teams with Nonprofit to Promote Behavior Change in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

April 20, 2015 — KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO – When Jean René Kwaka Mbangu and François Kimbuibi Munganga arrived at the bustling Mt Ngafula market on the outskirts of Kinshasa, they quickly realized that their voice – let alone their message about the importance of reproductive health,...

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April 13, 2015

A Nonprofit’s Los Angeles Drama Receives Three Daytime Emmy Nominations

April 13, 2015 — LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences had some big news on April 1, 2015 and it wasn’t an April Fools joke. East Los High, a Hulu original series, received three Daytime Emmy nominations. Not only was this big news...

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April 9, 2015

Calling All Web Design & Development Gurus

April 9, 2015 — Share-Net International, an online knowledge sharing platform for sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), is expanding to Burundi. This means that Share-Net Burundi is looking to hire a partner to create an online forum that generates active, frequent, and productive engagement among online members....

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March 19, 2015

Laney Thornton Discusses Why He Gives to PMC and the Opportunities of an Effective, Scalable Solution

March 19, 2015 — When Laney Thornton thinks about philanthropy, he thinks about long-term sustainability, which leads him toward numerous environmental initiatives, but he also thinks about opportunities for his own learning and for the greatest impact. “PMC is one of my top organizations in terms of giving...

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March 2, 2015

Umuganda: Communities and ‘Super Stars’ Join Together for a Common Purpose

March 2, 2015 — RWAMAGANA DISTRICT, RWANDA– On Saturday January 31st, 2015, solidarity and kinship were hard at work as Rwandans joined forces for a day of “Umuganda” or “coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome.”  On the last Saturday of every month, Rwandans work together...

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February 25, 2015

A Spicy New Radio Drama Aims to Bring Positive Social Change to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

February 25, 2015 — KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO– A new radio drama airing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo this month entices audiences into a world where high-risk sex, poverty, friendship, and desperation collide to be simultaneously entertaining, controversial, and—educational. Airing on 10 community radio stations...

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February 20, 2015

With Every New Listener this Radio Drama Improves More Lives in the Congo

February 20, 2015 — KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO – After four months of broadcast, a radio soap opera in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is seeing increased listenership and lots of audience engagement. This bodes well for its creators, Population Media Center (PMC), who hope this...

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February 11, 2015

Environmental Activists Speak Out Globally in New Awareness Campaign

February 11, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Population Media Center is giving away more than four thousand copies of a dramatic new coffee table book beginning February 16th, 2015. Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) features more than 300 pages of stunning, full-spread photography and is the centerpiece of the...

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February 9, 2015

High School Students in Arizona Can Create a Video to Improve the World and Win a Cash Prize

February 9, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT–High school students in Arizona can win cash prizes for creating a short video exploring how a rapidly growing human population might impact the world, Arizona, or their future quality of life. It’s a video contest called “One Planet, Many People” and is...

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February 4, 2015

Do You Build Amazing Websites? PMC Request for Proposals

February 4, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Population Media Center (PMC) knows that strategic and audience-specific communications have tremendous impact. This year, PMC is looking to utilize a newly acquired domain name to help audiences understand solutions to important issues and easily determine which approach to implementing...

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January 27, 2015

Short Stories With Long-Term Goals: Making Ethiopia Safer for Women and Girls

January 27, 2015 — Sometimes it has to be personal to be understood. That’s why Population Media Center-Ethiopia tells true personal stories to address crippling issues like rape, child marriage, and female genital mutilation. After publishing more than ten powerful books of short stories in Amharic, Population Media...

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January 22, 2015

A Handball Game in Rwanda Has Goals Beyond the Net, Impacting Child Nutrition and Family Planning

January 22, 2015 — KIGALI, RWANDA–On Sunday, January 11th, a crowd gathered around the handball court at Kimisagara, the biggest youth center in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. It was the second day of a two-day handball tournament – and today the senior players were on the...

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November 18, 2014

Population Media Center Reveals New Website

November 18, 2014 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT–An interactive map of projects completed around the world, population projections for countries, amazing photography, and audio and video clips of dramatic TV and radio shows are just a few of the things you’ll find when you visit Population Media Center’s new...

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November 12, 2014

From the Field: The Importance of Meta Monitoring

November 12, 2014 — Guest Writer: Alex Bozzette, PMC Global Health Corps fellow in Burundi “She can’t write, so we skipped the signature. That’s OK, right?” Wrong. When you’re interviewing a patient and navigating the complex world of rural informed consent: very, very wrong. As a project coordinator...

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October 23, 2014

Radio Program Impacts Human Health in Burkina Faso, Africa

October 23, 2014 — People in Burkina Faso listen to the radio, and for the past two years the radio has provided more than just hours of entertainment, it has also provided information that leads to healthier lives. This increased information results from the work of an international...

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October 21, 2014

Burundian Community Organizer Uses US Nonprofit’s Drama as a New Tool

October 21, 2014 — MUREMERA, BURUNDI–Jeanne d’Arc Butoyi’s phone rang on June 24, 2014. When she answered, she didn’t know she’d be talking about something that had so profoundly helped her in her life. That was the first time she talked with someone from Population Media Center. Jean...

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October 1, 2014

Furthering the Field: PMC Shares New Knowledge

October 1, 2014 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT– This September, the International Journal of Population Research  published an article looking at a unique aspect of behavior change relating to family planning and reproductive health: how much did those changes rely on perception of gender norms? “Gender and Reproductive Outcomes:...

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September 29, 2014

Jean Bosco Ndayishimiye: A Burundian Dedicated to Teamwork and Serving the Poor

September 29, 2014 — BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI– Jean Bosco Ndayishimiye, a Burundian who lives in the capital city of Bujumbura, found himself needing to consult his trusted advisor about what job he should apply for next in his career dedicated to improving the lives of others. With the help...

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September 25, 2014

High Listenership and Good Stories Combine for Large-Scale Behavior Change in Sierra Leone

September 25, 2014 — FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE– Imagine that for 53 cents, you could reach someone in Sierra Leone with entertaining stories that educate about family planning and using bednets to prevent malaria. A United States nonprofit discovered this month that they didn’t have to imagine – the...

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September 24, 2014

Condoms and Soap Operas to Save the World: A Forum in Arizona

September 24, 2014 — TUCSON, ARIZONA– About 140 people learned about endangered species condoms and soap operas as methods to save the world on September 10th in Tucson, Arizona. The event, titled “How Can Condoms and Soap Operas Save the World?” was co-hosted by the Arizona Chapter of...

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September 9, 2014

Democratic Republic of the Congo Turns on Their Radios on September 16th

September 9, 2014 — KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO–A new radio show airing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo doesn’t promise to solve every challenge, but it is promising top-notch entertainment that will spur conversation and change. Radio Okapi, a nationwide radio station in the Democratic...

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July 23, 2014

Two Global Health Corps Fellows Head to Burundi to Change Lives through Radio

July 23, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT–“I can’t believe we’ll be in Bujumbura on Friday,” says Alex Bozzette, a 2014-2015 Global Health Corps fellow being placed with Population Media Center. It was a Tuesday, and Bozzette was sitting with his co-fellow, Jean Sacha Barikumutima, in the modest offices of...

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July 8, 2014

Telephone Surveys in Burundi Enhance an Already Powerful Form of Behavior Change Communication

July 8, 2014 — BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI– Since January, people in Burundi have been listening to a new radio program called Agashi! (“Hey! Look Again!”).  This 208-episode soap opera will air twice per week for two years, and uses Population Media Center’s highly successful entertainment-education approach to behavior change....

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June 27, 2014

PMC’s Tom Kazungu Speaks About How to Stop Illegal Trade in Wildlife: with Serial Dramas

June 27, 2014 — Nairobi, Kenya – On June 24th, PMC’s Kenya Country Representative and long-time Sabido Methodology trainer Tom Kazungu spoke to a room full of people who were all concerned about illegal poaching and trade in wildlife products and told them that addressing the issue through...

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June 27, 2014

Mende’s signature propels 5 new serial dramas in D.R. Congo

June 27, 2014 — Kinshasa, D.R. Congo – Tuesday in Kinshasa marked a pivotal point for Population Media Center (PMC), as Lambert Mende, the Congolese Minister of Media, signed a Protocole d’Entente that will allow PMC to launch five new radio serial dramas in the Democratic Republic of...

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June 25, 2014

Burundian Celebrations Revolve Around a Socially-Themed Radio Drama

June 25, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – Food, music, dancing….these are some of the elements you’ll find at different events throughout Burundi. And, although it’s not unusual for Burundian events to include these festive and cultural activities, it might be unusual for people to be rallying around a...

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June 23, 2014

GuideStar Gives Population Media Center Gold Status

June 23, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – There are a number of nonprofit organizations working to make the world a better place.  GuideStar makes it easy to figure out what these organizations are really doing, what their missions are, and whether or not they are having an impact....

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June 16, 2014

Nigerian Radio Drama for Social Change Expanding to 18 Million More People

June 16, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – A radio soap opera aimed at improving human health and enhancing human rights will now be broadcast to more than 18 million additional Nigerians. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has partnered with Population Media Center (PMC) to increase the broadcast area...

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June 14, 2014

Stopping Stigma, Improving Lives

June 14, 2014 — When Ténimba was 18 months old, she was afflicted by polio, which left her paralyzed. By the age of 10, Ténimba had lost both her parents. As a disabled orphan, Ténimba was deprived of basic care, opportunities for education, and excluded from any family...

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June 14, 2014

Astounding Effect of Characters

June 14, 2014 — In Burkina Faso, François and his wife listen to a popular radio program, Yam Yankré (“The Choice”), when he gets home from work. François and his wife already have six children and they struggle to support and feed them. François explains that he and...

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June 12, 2014

Population Media Center Part of First Wave of SXSW Eco Programming

June 12, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – The people have voted! Population Media Center, a global leader in entertainment-education for social good, has been chosen to be part of the program line-up at the 2014 South by Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco) conference taking place October 6-8 in Austin,...

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May 19, 2014

Bram Kleppner Becomes Chair of Population Media Center’s Board of Directors

May 19, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – Bram Kleppner believes in working hard to tackle difficult problems. This is just one of the reasons Population Media Center recently named Kleppner as Chair of its Board of Directors. “We are very lucky,” says Population Media Center President, Bill Ryerson,...

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May 19, 2014

Sex, Soap Operas, and Social Change: Kriss Barker Teaches Sabido and Changes the World

May 19, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – When Kriss Barker first met Bill Ryerson in Washington DC, she thought he must be mistaken. It was 2001, and Barker, an expert in public health communications, didn’t think the numbers Ryerson was reciting were possible. Ryerson was discussing a communications...

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April 14, 2014

Population Media Center Capacity Building with South-to-South Training

April 14, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – When Gabin Kifukiau accepted the job of Country Representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a United States nonprofit, he didn’t know that some of his training would come from Burundi and Rwanda. In March of 2014, Kifukiau and...

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April 2, 2014

Population Media Center Request for Proposals for Website Revamp

April 2, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT –Population Media Center (PMC) knows that strategic and audience-specific communications have tremendous impact. This year, PMC has two exciting opportunities. First, PMC will be partnering to produce a worldwide campaign titled Global Population Speak Out in 2015. Second, PMC is poised to...

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March 17, 2014

Bringing People to Life: Radio Dramas Informing Societal Norms

March 17, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – When Norbert Regero was awarded a role in a radio serial drama being produced and aired in his home country of Rwanda, he was ecstatic. Not only was it a job, it was a job in theatre – his first professional...

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March 13, 2014

Charity Navigator Gives Population Media Center Highest Rating

March 13, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – On February 4, 2014, Charity Navigator announced that for the second consecutive year, Population Media Center (PMC) has been awarded the coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and for commitment to accountability and transparency. As the nation’s largest and most-utilized...

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March 4, 2014

New Population Group Lands in Texas

March 4, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT. — Everything may be bigger in Texas, but even the Lone Star State has to balance its large and rapidly growing population with limited natural resources – or so says the Texas state chapter of international non-profit organization, Population Media Center (PMC)....

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February 14, 2014

Hulu Announces Season Two of East Los High for Summer 2014

February 14, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – Hulu said it has ordered 12 new episodes of the English-language series East Los High, which features an all-Latino cast and explores such real-life issues as teen pregnancy. Last summer, the series consistently ranked among Hulu’s most popular programs. “The show...

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February 3, 2014

Haiti Radio Soap Opera Raising Awareness About Child Slaves

February 3, 2014 — SHELBURNE, VT – When Christina Guérin was a child, she decided she didn’t want a career in radio soap operas. As a young girl, she spent many days and nights in a Haiti radio studio watching her mother work long hours. In September of...

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January 14, 2014

US Fellowship Opportunity with Innovative Burundi Health Radio Program

January 14, 2014 — Shelburne, VT — For the first time, US-based Population Media Center has teamed up with Global Health Corps to offer two year-long paid fellowships in Burundi, one available to a US citizen and one available to a Burundi citizen. This opportunity coincides with the launch...

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December 24, 2013

Two New Radio Programs Launch in Nigeria to Entertain and Educate

December 24, 2013 — Shelburne, VT – December 23, 2013 In Nigeria, most people turn to the radio for entertainment. This November, Population Media Center launched two new radio dramas in Nigeria that will air once per week for the next nine months. However, these soap operas bring...

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December 2, 2013

Entertainment-Education Program Bolsters Ethiopian Public Health Initiative

December 2, 2013 — SHELBURNE, VT – An entertainment-education radio serial drama broadcast in Ethiopia has effectively increased awareness of HIV prevention methods and modern sanitation in the country, while also familiarizing citizens with the country’s innovative public health initiative. The award-winning program, named Mieraf (“New Beginning”), was...

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November 22, 2013

15 Years of Telling Stories and Changing Lives Around the World

November 22, 2013 — SHELBURNE, VT – In Burkina Faso, François and his wife listen to a popular radio program, Yam Yankre (“The Choice”), when he gets home from work. François earns meager wages as a mason, which makes it hard to support his wife and six kids....

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February 14, 2013

Family Planning Radio Program is Saving Lives in Sierra Leone

February 14, 2013 — An innovative Population Media Center radio drama in Sierra Leone is motivating men and women to visit family planning and reproductive health facilities. Shelburne, VT (PRWEB) February 12, 2013 Sierra Leone’s devastated health and social service infrastructure, left over from the civil war which...

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January 21, 2013

Vermont Group Seeks Hired Consultant

January 21, 2013 — For Immediate Release — January 9, 2013 Vermonters for Sustainable Population George Plumb @ Vermont could well be the first state in the U.S. to issue a report on what is a sustainable population size for the state if it is able...

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January 17, 2013

Population Media Center Offers Solution to Unsustainable Population Growth in New Environmental Book

January 17, 2013 — The San Francisco Chronicle January 15, 2013 Rapid population growth on a planet already suffering from human induced climate change, species extinctions and ocean acidification is not helpful. In a new environmental book, Life on The Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation, Bill Ryerson, founder of...

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January 8, 2013

Population Media Center and Champlain College Tackle Gender Based Violence through Video Gaming

January 8, 2013 — SHELBURNE, VT –Population Media Center (PMC), the Emergent Media Center at Champlain College (EMC), and United Nations Fund for Population Awareness (UNFPA) have released a multilingual Toolkit consisting of the BREAKAWAY video game and the BREAKAWAY Facilitator’s Guide. BREAKAWAY, an episodic electronic football (soccer)...

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October 26, 2012

The Population Institute Releases its 2012 Report Card on Reproductive Health and Rights

October 26, 2012 — The Population Institute Releases its 2012 Report Card on Reproductive Health and Rights See: October 25, 2012 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Population Institute today released its first ever report card on reproductive health and rights in the U.S., and the results were not...

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July 3, 2012

The EU Underpays Madagascar for Fish

July 3, 2012 — As you may know, Blue Ventures is an award-winning marine conservation organization dedicated to conservation, education and sustainable development in tropical coastal communities. They are leaders in integrating community health initiatives into their conservation strategies, having recognized the link between human health, human populations...

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May 23, 2012

PMC, TR3S & MTV Latin America Co-Produce New Novela Thriller “Ultimo Año”

May 23, 2012 — At , you will see the following article about Population Media Center’s collaboration with MTV to address teenage pregnancy issues in Mexico and throughout Latin America. PMC, TR3S & MTV Latin America Co-Produce New Novela Thriller “Ultimo Año” Networks Team Up With Population...

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February 21, 2012

Hollywood actress, Alexandra Paul, to train local actors in Sierra Leone

February 21, 2012 — February 21, 2012 Alexandra Paul, an actress (best known for her role as Lt. Stephanie Holden in TV series “Baywatch”) and social activist, has teamed up with Population Media Center (PMC) to train local actors in Sierra Leone from February 23 – March 1,...

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August 24, 2010

Colgate-Palmolive Sponsors UN MDGs Radio Drama Campaign in Papua New Guinea

August 24, 2010 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2010 Contact: Katie Elmore Director of Communications Tel: 802-985-8156 ext. 205 Colgate-Palmolive Sponsors UN MDGs Radio Drama Campaign in Papua New Guinea Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA – The United Nations in Papua New Guinea in cooperation with...

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August 19, 2010

New Report on Population Asks Americans to Start Talking About What Really Matters

August 19, 2010 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2010 Contact: Katie Elmore Director of Communications Tel: 802-985-8156 ext. 205 New Report on Population Asks Americans to Start Talking About What Really Matters Shelburne, VT (19. August 2010) – When a man and a woman have unprotected...

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July 9, 2010

World Population Day – July 11th

July 9, 2010 — Population Media Center (PMC) invites you to join us in commemorating World Population Day. July 11th marks the day where we, as a world, come together and shine a light on various population issues such as the importance of family planning and gender equality,...

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June 22, 2010

Online Football (Soccer) Game Launches June 22 to Global Audience during the FIFA World Cup

June 22, 2010 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2010 Contact: Katie Elmore Director of Communications Tel: 802-985-8156 ext. 205 Online Football Game Launches June 22 to Global Audience World Cup Soccer Star Samuel Eto’o Joins United Nations ‘Breakaway’ Team Breakaway, a new narrative-driven online football (soccer)...

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June 3, 2010

Student-Designed ‘Breakaway’ E-Game Ready for Play

June 3, 2010 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Stephen Mease Public Information & News Director 802-865-6432 Student-Designed ‘Breakaway’ E-Game Ready for Play With support of the United Nations and behavior change expertise of Population Media Center, a two-year project by Champlain College will make its worldwide...

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April 22, 2010

Help Bring Earth Day Back to its Roots

April 22, 2010 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2010 Contact: Katie Elmore Director of Communications Tel: 802-985-8156 ext. 205 Help Bring Earth Day Back to its Roots Shelburne VT — In honor of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, Population Media Center encourages environmentalists worldwide to draw attention...

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April 21, 2010

BeMobile Sponsors UN MDGs Radio Drama Campaign in Papua New Guinea

April 21, 2010 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2010 Contact: Katie Elmore Director of Communications Tel: 802-985-8156 ext. 205 BeMobile Sponsors UN MDGs Radio Drama Campaign in Papua New Guinea Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA – The United Nations in Papua New Guinea in cooperation with...

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December 15, 2009


December 15, 2009 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katie Elmore December 15, 2009 Director of Communications Tel: 802-985-8156 ext. 205 POPULATION MEDIA CENTER WINS PETER F. DRUCKER AWARD FOR NON-PROFIT INNOVATION Shelburne, VT – On December 10, Population Media Center (PMC) was presented with the third place...

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November 30, 2009

World AIDS Day is December 1st

November 30, 2009 — Soap Operas – A New Front in HIV/AIDS Prevention Love…Sex…Romance…Betrayal… are just a few of the key elements that have made Soap Operas one of the most riveting and captivating entertainment formats around the world. But what do soap operas have to do with...

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September 2, 2009

Florida’s Population Decline is No Cause For Alarm

September 2, 2009 — Florida’s recent decline in population is making national headlines (NY Times, USA Today) and is being portrayed as a major cause for concern. The truth is that those expressing this alarm are merely clinging to an old, tired, and harmful mode of thinking. After...

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July 10, 2009

PMC Statement on World Population Day

July 10, 2009 — July 11, 2009 marks the 20th Anniversary of World Population Day. “Investing in Women,” this year’s theme, draws attention to the importance of improving the health and opportunity of women worldwide in order to create a more just and balanced world. By focusing on...

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April 30, 2009

Swine Flu: Overpopulation, an Aggravating Factor

April 30, 2009 — The major killers of humanity throughout our history — smallpox, flu, tuberculosis, malaria, plague, measles, and cholera — were acute infectious diseases that evolved from animals. To sustain themselves, however, they need a human population that is sufficiently numerous and densely packed. Only then...

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July 10, 2008

July 11th – World Population Day!

July 10, 2008 — Today as we commemorate World Population Day, Population Media Center and Population Institute pledge their commitment to help bring population numbers into balance with natural resources, so humanity can live in harmony with the earth.

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April 21, 2008


April 21, 2008 — Shelburne, VT – On April 22nd, Population Media Center (PMC) will celebrate Earth Day. PMC is an international nonprofit organization that strives to bring about the stabilization of human population numbers at a level that can be sustained by the world’s natural resources, in...

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March 18, 2008

PMC Launches New Website and Logo!

March 18, 2008 — This year PMC celebrates its 10th Anniversary. To celebrate this success and in an effort to better define who we are and connect with PMC supporters worldwide we have updated our logo and look, in coordination with launching this new website. Our new site...

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December 14, 2007

Serial Dramas that Rely on Top Psychologists’ Theories are Changing Social Behaviors Worldwide

December 14, 2007 — In Ethiopia, it can be dangerous for a girl to leave the house. Not because of war, or weather, but “weddings”—specifically the long-standing cultural tradition of marriage by abduction.

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November 18, 2007

William Ryerson, President of Population Media Center to Speak on a Panel About Socially Responsible Media At The International Emmy World® Television Festival

November 18, 2007 — Shelburne, VT – On Saturday, November 18th William Ryerson, President of the Population Media Center (PMC) will participate on a panel at the International Emmy World® Television Festival in New York City. The panel will focus on socially responsible television. Ryerson will speak on...

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October 24, 2007

PMC Receives 2007 Global Media Award

October 24, 2007 — WASHINGTON – A U.S. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, a television news reporter from the Philippines and a radio show host from Cameroon are among the 12 recipients of the Population Institute’s 2007 Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting.

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October 1, 2007

Population Media Center Acquires Rare Radio

October 1, 2007 — Shelburne, VT – On October 1, 2007 Population Media Center (PMC) acquired Rare Radio. Population Media Center is the leading practitioner of the Sabido methodology, a unique form of entertainment education, which is also employed by Rare Radio.

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August 11, 2007

Proceedings of the 2007 Entertainment-Public Health Summit are Available Online

August 11, 2007 — In May 2007, Population Media Center and the Emory School of Public Health hosted the Entertainment-Public Health Summit, in association with the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Writers Guild of America West, and the...

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August 1, 2007

Religious Leaders from the Afar Region of Ethiopia Sign Declaration to End The Practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

August 1, 2007 — Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – On August 1, 2007, thirty religious leaders from the Afar region, and representatives from the Islamic Affairs Bureau and the Women’s Affairs Bureau created and signed a declaration to end the practice of female circumcision (also called female genital mutilation...

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July 31, 2007

Population Media Center Launches its Second Social Content Radio Serial Drama in Northern Nigeria

July 31, 2007 — Kano, Nigeria – On July 31, 2007 Population Media Center (PMC) will launch its second social content radio serial drama in Nigeria. Through the use of character role-models, the drama aims to enhance knowledge and utilization of existing health services, provide important information about...

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July 27, 2007

Interview with Bill Ryerson by Tom Keefe

July 27, 2007 — Tom is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators and serves as Enterprise Communication Manager of VW Credit, Inc.

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July 11, 2007

Recognize World Population Day on July 11th, 2007

July 11, 2007 — Shelburne, VT – On July 11th, 2007 Population Media Center (PMC) will commemorate World Population Day. PMC is an international non-profit organization that strives to bring about the stabilization of human population numbers at a level that can be sustained by the world’s natural...

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February 7, 2007

The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) Grants $770,000 for a Three Year Social Content Radio Serial Drama in Vietnam

February 7, 2007 — Hanoi, Vietnam – The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) in co-operation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has announced that it will provide $770,000 for a three-year, social content radio serial drama project in Vietnam. The drama will be created using the Sabido...

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January 22, 2007

Save the Children Norway Grants $2.4 Million to Population Media Center for a Four Year Social Content Radio Serial Drama in Ethiopia

January 22, 2007 — Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Save the Children Norway, with funds from the Norwegian government, has announced that it will provide Population Media Center (PMC) with $2.4 million for a four-year, social content radio serial drama project in Ethiopia. The drama will be created using...

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September 28, 2006

Population Media Center’s Radio Serial Drama in Nigeria Shows Dramatic Results After Only Three Months on the Air

September 28, 2006 — Shelburne, VT – Population Media Center’s radio serial drama, Gugar Goge (“Tell me Straight”) went on the air in Nigeria in June of 2006. The program is being broadcast throughout Kano and Kaduna states. After just a few months on the air the program...

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August 9, 2006

William Ryerson, Founder and President of Population Media Center Awarded the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage in Copenhagen

August 9, 2006 — Copenhagen, Denmark – On June 13th 2006 at the Annual General Meeting of the Rotarian Action Group on Population and Development, Population Media Center (PMC) founder and president, William Ryerson of Shelburne, Vermont was awarded the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage. The award recognized...

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June 15, 2006

Changemakers Awards PMC One of Three Prizes in Online Contest

June 15, 2006 — Shelburne, Vermont, USA – June, 2005 – Population Media Center won one of three prizes in an online contest held by Changemakers calling for the best programs in combating trafficking in persons. The contest was held by the Ashoka Foundation through its website initiative...

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June 13, 2006

William Ryerson, President of Population Media Center, Awarded the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage in Copenhagen, Denmark

June 13, 2006 — On June 13th 2006 William Ryerson, President of the Population Media Center (PMC) received the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage at the Annual General Meeting of the Rotarian Action Group on Population and Development in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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July 5, 2005

Award-Winning Editorial Cartoons Addressing Population Growth to be Exhibited at the Firehouse Gallery During August

July 5, 2005 — Shelburne, VT – Population Media Center (PMC), a non-profit organization based in Shelburne, will be hosting an exhibit entitled “Cartoons for Social Change: Political Cartoonists Tackle the Population Problem” at the Firehouse Gallery from August 2-31. The exhibit will be opened with festivities on...

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November 22, 2004

Innovative Radio Serial Drama Airs in Sudan

November 22, 2004 — Population Media Center’s radio serial drama in Sudan went on the air November 22, 2004 after 2 years of preparation work. Titled Ashreat Al Amal (“Sails of Hope”), the Arabic language program deals with reproductive health issues. It will air for approximately 18 months...

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November 22, 2004

Combating Child Trafficking With Radio

November 22, 2004 — Shelburne, VT — Population Media Center-West Africa (PMC) began airing its radio serial drama Cesiri Tono (“All the Rewards of Courage and Hard Work”) on Thursday, November 11, 2004 over the Africa Learning Channel.

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October 8, 2004

Editorial Cartoonist Clay Bennett Wins Population Cartoon Contest

October 8, 2004 — Shelburne, VT – Clay Bennett, a 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for the Christian Science Monitor, won the 2004 National Population Cartoon Contest. Mr. Bennett’s cartoon, “Be Fruitful and Multiply… Now Divide,” triumphed over 187 other cartoons to win the $7,000 grand prize...

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October 9, 2003

USAID Supports New $1.3 million PMC Radio Drama Project Tackling Child Exploitation in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast

October 9, 2003 — Shelburne, Vermont, USA– In response to problems related to the exploitation of children in western Africa, Population Media Center (PMC) is launching a new behavior change communication project that will support the protection of children, promote reproductive health, and avoidance of HIV/AIDS in Mali,...

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March 20, 2003

Local Radio Stations in Africa Use Entertainment to Prevent HIV/AIDS

March 20, 2003 — Johannesburg, South Africa – People don’t change behavior when they’re told how to act. Rather, people are likely to listen when they are presented with accurate information that depicts a situation they can relate to and touches their heart. Life-like radio dramas are one...

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October 14, 2002

Radio Sex-ed Program to Save Lives, Ethiopian Government commits $100,000 towards AIDS prevention

October 14, 2002 — Shelburne, VT– A novel sex-ed program is broadcasting on Ethiopia’s airwaves. Population Media Center (PMC), which uses serial radio dramas to promote healthy and safe sexual practices, is receiving a $100,000 grant from the Ethiopian Government’s HIV/AIDS Council to boost sex education.

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