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  • Newspaper Cuts Cost the Public

    March 11, 2009

    Dying newspapers are not the result of a failure of journalism or a casualty of the Internet. The collapse of newspapers around the country is the direct outcome of the narrow vision of the big conglomerates and stock holders who own most of our nation’s print publications.

  • Give Local TV an Equal Footing

    March 11, 2009

    Companies like Comcast and AT&T have been discriminating against PEG channels, which are some of the only avenues available to everyday folks who want to try their hand at producing video programming. Now, the FCC is inviting the public to weigh in.

  • The Closing of the Rocky

    February 27, 2009

    “Do you know what your paper published about Cesar Chavez’s birthday?” a Latino leader asked John Temple, the editor, publisher and president of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado.

    “No,” Temple replied.“That parking was free downtown. That’s it.”It was one of many tough questions Temple would field from the Latino community during a 2003 town hall meeting the paper co-sponsored with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).

  • Survey Says: Press Failed to Cover Race Relations During Election

    February 20, 2009

    Did the mainstream press cover 2008’s historic presidential election with an eye toward examining race relations in America in a fair, accurate and thoughtful manner? Survey says: “No.”

    An astounding 92 percent of journalists of color polled for a new survey believe the mainstream media did not effectively cover race relations during the election. The survey was conducted and released this week by the African-American news Web site, The Loop 21, and UNITY: Journalists of Color Inc.

  • Net Neutrality Champion Takes Charge in the Senate

    February 20, 2009

    The pieces are falling into place to finally pass Net Neutrality.

    Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed an economic stimulus bill with $7.2 billion to get fast, affordable, neutral Internet to the nearly half of American homes that don't have it.

  • New Report: D.C. Reporting for Hometowns Vanishing

    February 12, 2009

    There’s a changing media landscape in Washington, and it doesn’t bode well for the public.

    As I reported last week, media companies across the country have scaled back their D.C. staff and even closed their Washington bureaus, getting rid of the reporters who covered policy and politicians from a local angle.

  • Citizens Meeting in Durham, N.C., to Discuss Broadband

    February 11, 2009

    Congress’ plans to spend billions of dollars on broadband stimulus couldn’t be more timely. Across the country, millions of Americans are struggling with no or slow Internet access. And we want to hear from them.

  • McCain and Limbaugh's Murky Crystal Ball

    February 6, 2009

    Should it be a surprise that a guy who doesn’t know how to send e-mail can’t grasp why the Internet is important?

    Sen. John McCain — known to have never gone online — led the charge on Capitol Hill this week to strip the Internet from President Obama’s economic stimulus package.

  • Too Big Not To Fail

    February 3, 2009

    About five months ago, when the first of the big national banks began to buckle under their own weight, fanning the flames of the already smoldering economic crisis, a new idiom was born: “Too big to fail.”

  • More Ghosts in the Machine

    January 29, 2009

    Cox Communications, the nation’s third-largest cable company, on Tuesday unveiled a plan to monitor and slow Internet content it deems unimportant.

    With this news, Cox joins the ranks of other Internet providers willing to tempt legal fate by getting between customers and their access to the free-flowing Web.

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