For Immediate Release

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The Morris + King Company

New York , NY – December 10, 2007 – Beliefnet.com, the leading online community for spirituality and inspiration, today welcomes popular author and parental entertainment advisor, Nell Minow, to its roster of contributing bloggers. Blogging as “The Movie Mom,” Ms. Minow will provide reviews, quizzes, tips and advice about which movies, DVDs, television programs and Internet sites are most appropriate for children of varying ages. Originally hosted by Yahoo!, “The Movie Mom” will now take up residence on Beliefnet’s entertainment channel and will be accessible from www.beliefnet.com. Visitors to www.moviemom.com will be automatically redirected.

Nell Minow, as “The Movie Mom” has been featured in The Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, Parents, Family Fun and other publications. She has been profiled by The New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune and Ladies Home Journal. Her book, The Movie Mom’s Guide to Family Movies, has helped parents from all over present their children with entertainment that is both safe and fun.

“Beliefnet is the best possible place for me because it allows me to write about movies and popular culture in the context of family, community, values and meaning, which is where it belongs,” says Nell Minow. “Movies are our modern-day myths, our sagas, our dreams made real. They reflect our history and culture back to us and reinforce and pass on—for better or worse—those values to our children. I am very happy to have a place to write about those issues and to enter into conversations with families to understand how these influences are transmitted and to help them respond.”

In her blog, Nell Minow guides parents through all the hype, and helps them reach an educated decision before they arrive at the theatre. Ms. Minow also provides reviews for holiday DVDs to ease the pressure of shopping for appropriate gifts for children.

“We’re so glad to have Nell’s expertise to offer Beliefnet readers. She’s recognized, loved and respected by families in every community,” said Deborah Caldwell, Managing Editor for Beliefnet. “She’s full of wise, creative and fun advice to help parents navigate the often rocky terrain of parenting in today’s media-saturated world.”

Beliefnet blogs offer thought-provoking commentary and inspiration from a variety of spiritual voices, and cover a wide range of topics including politics, parenting, pop-culture, mental health and more. In addition to “The Movie Mom,” current offerings include:

  • Beyond Blue, A Spiritual Journey to Mental Health by Therese J. Borchard
  • Flower Mandalas, A Blog About Mandalas, Art, Healing and Transformation by David J. Bookbinder
  • Casting Stones, Beliefnet’s political mashup; A Boistrous Conclave on Faith and Politics
  • God-O-Meter, Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates’ use of Religion in the Race to the White House, in Partnership with TIME magazine
  • Crunchy Con, Conservative Politics and Religion with Rod Dreher
  • God’s Politics, by Jim Wallis and Friends, a partnership with Sojourners
  • J-Walking, a Christian view of Jesus and Politics with David Kuo
  • Conversations With God, a Blog with Neale Donald Walsch
  • Feiler Faster, the Blog of Bestselling Author and Commentator, Bruce Feiler
  • Idol Chatter, Beliefnet’s Pop-Culture and Religion Entertainment Blog
  • Virtual Talmud, Rabbis Blogging for the Sake of Heaven

In addition, an examination of holiday culture wars is back by popular demand for 2007’s December Dilemma Watch. Members of the new social network Beliefnet Community—the world’s largest multi-faith social network—are adding user generated content and posts around the clock.


About Beliefnet

Beliefnet, winner of the 2007 National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online, is the largest online community for spirituality and inspiration. Its mission is to help people find and walk a spiritual path that instills comfort, hope, clarity, strength and happiness for people who are exploring their own faith or curious about other spiritual traditions. Beliefnet offers a wide variety of resources including social networking tools, articles, quizzes, devotionals, sacred text searches, photo galleries and intimate interviews with noted politicians, celebrities and spiritual leaders. Beliefnet has approximately three million unique visitors each month and a daily email newsletter readership of nearly 11 million subscribers. The company, which is a subsidiary of Fox Digital Media and Fox Entertainment Group, is not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement, and has partnerships with TIME magazine, Yahoo!, and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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