The 10th Anniversary special issue of the Journal of Children and Media (JOCAM) is here!  Called JOCAM NEXT, the issue includes forward-looking pieces about the future of research on children & media, from some of the leading thinkers in our field. Link to the special issue here - articles are free to download, for a limited time. 

Also included is Vicky Rideout's commentary on why it makes sense to continue doing our best to measure the time children and teens spend with various types of media, using quantitative, nationally representative, probabilistic samples - despite the many challenges of doing so.  The article includes lots of key data from the recent Common Sense Census: Media Use By Tweens and Teens, now available in an academic journal. 


Watch Politico's behind-the-scenes video about Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic Convention speech, including an interview with Vicky Rideout, director of speech writing for the Convention. 

danah boyd puts the 'spotlight' on Vicky Rideout in the International Communications Association's newsletter for the Division on Children, Adolescents & Media 

read the interview >

The next wave of the Common Sense Census: Media Use Among 0-8 Year-Olds (2017).  We'll survey more than 1,000 parents to measure young children's access to and use of media, including television, touchscreens, computers, e-books, print, apps, and video games - and we'll look at the newest media such as Virtual Reality and virtual assistants (think Siri, or Alexa). And we'll track trends in screen use since the last study in 2013. 

May, 2016: Spoke at a Congressional Briefing sponsored by Congressman Mike Honda and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee titled Digital Equity: Bridging the Digital Access Divide.  The briefing was the first in a series titled Education Through the Lens, which will explore various aspects of educational equity. 


March, 2016: Participated in a panel discussion with the SVP for current programming at NBC and others at an event for Hollywood writers and producers, hosted by the Hollywood Radio and Television Society and the Clinton Foundation, titled Parents, Hollywood, and the Power of Storytelling.


October 2015:  Participated in a panel discussion with Professor Craig Watkins at a strategic planning retreat for the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


October 2015:  Facilitated a session at the National Academy of Science's colloquium on Digital Media and Developing Minds in Irvine, California, which brought together neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, child development experts, pediatricians, media effects specialists, social scientists, experts in informatics and computer sciences, public health and environmental health scientists, educators and child advocacy groups to develop a common research agenda.


March 2015:  Presentation to a National Academies of Science workshop on changing behavioral health social norms.  Presentation focused on evaluationing the effects of health content embedded in the popular entertainment television show show Grey's Anatomy. Watch the workshop here.

October 2014:  Presentation about trends in digital media use among young children, and the ongoing importance of the digital divide, at the Digital Kids Summit. Watch a video of the presentation here 


July 2014:  Panel presentation at the Casual Connect conference in San Francsico.  Read the article "Vicky Rideout Believes in the Power of Media," or watch the panel video here.

June 2014:  Luncheon speaker at the Association of American Publishers conference Content in Context.  


March 2013:  Participated in a panel discussion with Participant Media, The Ad Council, and others at SXSW Interactive in Austin. Topic: Content integration for social causes. Listen to Podcast >

July 2012:  Spoke at The Aspen Institute Children’s Forum, on a panel about video games and health.

May 2012:  Served on The Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, in collaboration with HBO’s series The Weight of the NationRead the Committee’s reportwatch the HBO specials, or read the New England Journal of Medicine’s commentary on our Committee’s recommendations.


The firm is run by Vicky Rideout, a veteran Foundation executive, non-profit program director, and political aide whose career has run the gamut from working with then-State Senator Barack Obama on his historic speech to the 2004 Democratic Convention, to winning an Emmy Award with MTV for most effective public service campaign, to being published in peer-reviewed journals like the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Pediatrics, and the Journal of Marketing and Public Policy (where she received the Thomas Kinnear Award recognizing the article that “makes the most significant contribution to the understanding of marketing and public policy issues within the most recent three-year period). 

Ms. Rideout founded VJR Consulting in 2010, and since then the firm's clients have included Northwestern University, Common Sense Media, the Joyful Heart Foundation, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and many others.  The firm's projects have included national surveys on children's use of new technology, families' use of educational media in the home, parenting in the digital era, teenagers' experiences with social media, and teachers' opinions about the educational impact of students' media use. The company's work for our clients has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, and many other news outlets.  We have helped our clients negotiate media partnerships worth millions of dollars with Viacom, USA network, and Time Warner Cable. 

Prior to founding VJR Consulting, Ms. Rideout spent more than ten years as a vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she established and directed the Foundation’s Program for the Study of Media and Health.  Prior to joining the Foundation, she founded the Children and Media program at the children’s advocacy group Children Now

At the Kaiser Foundation, Ms. Rideout negotiated ground-breaking partnerships with the television networks MTV, BET and UPN, securing high-profile, multi-million-dollar donations of media time to conduct youth-oriented public education campaigns. The public service ads, original long-form programming, and online content she helped develop through these partnerships received many awards, including a National Emmy Award for best public service campaign.  

Ms. Rideout also directed numerous media-related studies for the Foundation, including the decade-long Generation M series tracking media use among U.S. children and youth ages 8-18.  She conducted original research and authored reports on topics such as: the role of media in childhood obesity; public service advertising on television; the impact of health messages on the TV shows Grey’s Anatomy and ER; the amount and nature of food advertising on television and the Internet; the amount of sexual content on TV; teens’ use of the Internet for health information; and media multitasking among American youth.

Ms. Rideout has been a featured speaker at the Association of American Publishers, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Banff World Television Summit, the Youth Mega-Marketing Event, annual conferences of the National Association of Broadcasting and the National Cable Television Association, and at retreats for the Fox Broadcasting Company and PBS Kids.   She has testified on youth and media at the U.S. Congress, the Institute of Medicine, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission. 

Ms. Rideout also established and hosted a seminar series for staff of public health agencies in Washington, D.C., about trends in social marketing and public service advertising. The forums addressed such topics as The Digital Opportunity: Using New Media for Public Education Campaigns; Public Service Advertising in the U.S. and Great Britain; Shouting to be Heard: Public Service Advertising in a New Media Age; and Assessing the Effectiveness of Public Education Campaigns. 

In all, she has produced more than 30 forums on media and health, attracting a diverse group of high-level participants such as then-Senators Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Sam Brownback; the presidents and CEOs of MySpace, Fox Television, and MTV; television producers Dick Wolf (Law & Order) and J.J. Abrams (Lost); rap stars Chuck D. and Common; then-Vice President Al Gore; and several Chairmen of the Federal Communications Commission.

Ms. Rideout also has many years of experience in government and politics, including as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a policy adviser and speechwriter to numerous officeholders and candidates. Most recently, she was the director of speechwriting for the 2004 and 2008 Democratic National Conventions, where she worked closely with the Obama campaigns on Barack Obama’s remarks to the 2004 convention, and on message and strategy for the 2008 convention. 

She currently serves as editor for Reviews and Commentary for the Journal of Children and Media, and is a member of the PBS Kids Advisory Board.  She previously served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, the James Irvine Foundation’s Leadership Awards committee, and the Advisory Council for the San Francisco Children’s Creativity Museum.

She graduated with honors from Harvard University and received her MA from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Peer-Reviewed Publications and Speeches

Behind The Scenes In Denver at the Democratic National Convention
February 11, 2009, By Katie Couric, CBS News