Mary Jackson

Mary is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute mid-career course and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four children. Follow Mary on Twitter @mbjackson77

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YouTube says ‘enough’ to risky challenges

Culture | The video platform finally bans clips that inspire harmful stunts
by Mary Jackson
Posted 1/18/19, 05:04 pm

YouTube is cracking down on popular “challenge” videos that perpetuate dangerous stunts after the latest nonsensical fad led to car crashes and injuries.

The video-sharing network owned by Google announced Tuesday it was updating its policies to prohibit challenges that present “an apparent risk of death” or feature children participating in activities posing “imminent risk of injury or bodily harm.” YouTube also said it will draw the line with content that “intends to incite violence or encourage dangerous or illegal activities.”

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Quiet time with Chance the Rapper

Media | The hip-hop artist screenshots his Bible readings for the masses
by Mary Jackson
Posted 1/11/19, 03:07 pm

For years, Grammy Award–winning hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper has referenced his Christian faith, both in his albums and on social media. But last month, the Chicago native professed a desire to learn Scripture, and since then he is sharing about it more openly with his 9.3 million Instagram followers.

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Living pro-vida

Roe v. Wade | Shame and family silence lead many Hispanic women to abortionists, but a pro-life message may be making strides
by Mary Jackson
Posted 1/03/19, 02:27 pm

When Patricia Sandoval was a little girl, she used to sit in her Petaluma, Calif., backyard and write love letters to God, tying them onto a balloon and sending them into the sky. But at age 12, life grew difficult when her parents divorced. She also had her first ever “sex talk,” but not with her mom or dad.

One day, Planned Parenthood visited Sandoval’s sixth-grade class. After a graphic presentation about sex, Sandoval remembers a female representative told the class, “If you ever need anything, we are here for you.”

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