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

PBS

PBS invites kids to same-sex wedding

Media | A long-running cartoon joins the crowd in attempting to normalize homosexuality in children’s media
by Mary Jackson
Posted 5/17/19, 03:34 pm

Children watching the 22nd season premiere of the PBS Kids program Arthur on Monday witnessed something parents who once consumed the long-running cartoon never did: a same-sex wedding.

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China’s entertainment endgame

Entertainment | Chinese censors wield increasing influence over U.S. filmmakers
by Mary Jackson
Posted 5/10/19, 03:16 pm

Avengers: Endgame didn’t just shatter box office records during its U.S. debut in April—it also made history in China, grossing more than $330 million on opening weekend and becoming the biggest foreign film to premiere there.

The movie’s success gives Hollywood more incentive to tap into China’s lucrative entertainment market. But its massive audiences and box office potential come with strings attached, and the American entertainment industry is increasingly rewriting scripts, blocking music, and erasing scenes to appease Chinese government censors.

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A culture of books

Children's Books | Reading guides for parents
by Mary Jackson
Posted 5/09/19, 12:53 pm

The Read-Aloud Handbook

Jim Trelease

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