Ad Age reports that reality TV was up for debate at the “Behind the Scenes: Girls and Reality TV” panel, hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA. Held at Edelman headquarters, the discussion centered on the effects of reality TV on youth development. The Girl Scout Research Institute had just released figures from their 2011 study Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV, finding that half of the girls they surveyed believe reality shows are “mainly real and unscripted.”
The panel, moderated by Noorain Khan, formerly of Jezebel.com, consisted of Jill Zarin of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York; Danielle Carrig, senior VP, advocacy and public affairs at A&E Networks; Kimberlee Salmond, senior researcher for the Girl Scout Research Institute; Jess Weiner, media strategist and author; and Caeley Looney, a sophomore in high school and Girl Scout of 11 years.
Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV has been covered by Inside Edition, Entertainment Weekly, Babble, Jezebel, BlackBook Magazine, Reality Check, Minneapolis StarTribune, Houston Chronicle, Television Blend, Augusta Free Press, Deadline New York, Broadcasting & Cable, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and many more.