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Welcome to the Free Press blog! We post several times a week on everything from Internet access to free speech to media mergers, so check back often to see what we’re up to.

  • Free Press Changes the Channel at Bioneers

    October 20, 2011

    This year I celebrated Halloween early. Wearing cardboard-television costumes, two fellow Free Press staffers and I traveled to northern California to attend the Bioneers Conference, which focuses on ways to create a more sustainable world.

  • The Great Local News Heist

    October 20, 2011

    The FOX station in Charleston, S.C. is airing one set of news at 10 p.m., and then the CBS affiliate across town is broadcasting the same news — same anchors, same scripts, same everything — an hour later. We received video footage from activists in South Carolina that shows just how similar these supposedly independent newscasts are.

  • News Corp. Protesters Issue List of Grievances

    October 20, 2011

    A coalition of concerned citizens, labor organizations, advocacy groups and OccupyLA protesters will demonstrate outside News Corporation’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Friday, Oct. 21.

    While we come from different backgrounds and interests we are joining together in Los Angeles because we believe that no single company should be allowed to own an overwhelming share of the media in our country.

    These are our grievances against News Corp.:

  • Panel Tackles Innovation in Public Media

    October 19, 2011

    “News is just too important to leave to those who shout the loudest … or have the biggest purse.”

    Caroline Thomson, chief operating officer of the BBC, made these remarks at this week’s Washington, D.C. forum on innovation in public media. “The Next Big Thing” featured a range of leaders from public and community media, plus demos and videos of new projects and debate about how we create and consume journalism in the digital age.

    Other speakers included Jake Shapiro, the founding CEO of the Public Radio Exchange, Sue Schardt, the CEO of the Association of Independents in Radio, Joaquin Alvarado, head of innovation for American Public Media, and Craig Aaron, Free Press president and CEO.

    For footage of Tuesday’s event click the links below:

  • Computer Pioneer Dennis Ritchie Dies

    October 19, 2011

    Last week Dennis Ritchie, the co-creator of UNIX, died — and hardly anyone covered it. Ritchie lived quietly — he wasn't the showman that Steve Jobs was — and apparently he died quietly, too. While working at Bell Labs in the late ‘60s Ritchie wrote the C programming language with Brian Kernighan. 

  • How Low Will AT&T Go?

    October 18, 2011

    Rev. R. Henry Martin directs the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, a Louisiana-based ministry that “reaches out to feed, clothe, shelter and provide healing services to homeless men, women and families with children.” The ministry aided 1,200 people in 2010, served over 135,000 meals and is open to those in need 365 days a year.

  • Nonprofits Hit Trouble at the IRS

    October 17, 2011

    Last week, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reported on a troubling trend that has many of the most innovative new journalism nonprofits stuck in a bureaucratic black hole at the IRS.

    The rise of local nonprofit news organizations has been heralded as one of the most promising signs in the news industry’s rapid transformation over the last four years. Veteran reporters, tech-savvy journalists and citizens are starting vibrant local journalism nonprofits to fill the gaps commercial media are leaving behind as they consolidate and slash newsroom jobs.

  • High Schoolers Heart Free Speech

    October 13, 2011

    As millions of Facebook and Twitter users know, the Internet, more than any other medium, is dominated by the speech of billions.

    This has become a cliché but it’s true: The Internet is the greatest gift to free speech since the printing press.

  • Rural Groups Call for Better Broadband Service

    October 13, 2011

    In its relentless effort to take over competitor T-Mobile, AT&T has been dangling the promise of better service and greater access to broadband Internet to rural Americans as an incentive for policymakers to support and approve the $39 billion deal. But in eastern Kentucky, activists for rural broadband aren’t holding their breath and waiting for AT&T to make good on this promise.   

  • Online News Sites Diss Diversity

    October 12, 2011

    The Web is supposed to be different. More open, more inclusive. Surely old ways of reporting on (or ignoring) people of color haven’t transferred online ... 

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