In Free Press’ 2011 report on
international models for public media, we noted how many of the changes we
are witnessing in the American media landscape are also happening internationally.
Public media systems around the world are debating how best to transition from
broadcast to broadband, newspapers are cutting costs and struggling to adapt to
the digital age and governments are grappling with ways to bridge the digital
divide. All of these debates impact the future of journalism at home and
Earlier this week, the Center
for Media Justice and Free Press, together with the Main Street Project, Waite House and the
Headwaters Foundation for Justice, welcomed author Joseph Torres to the
Twin Cities to promote his book News for All the People: The Epic Story of
Race and the American Media, co-written
with Juan González.
The senior external affairs director for Free Press, Joseph spoke to college classes at the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Community and Technical College and also addressed gatherings of Minnesota Digital Justice Coalition members and community leaders. In just over 48 hours, Joseph’s visit reached over 200 people in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Today the countdown begins. In exactly one year, thousands will gather in Denver for the largest and most dynamic gathering of media activists yet. That’s right — we are exactly 365 days away from the 2013 National Conference for Media Reform! We couldn’t be more excited.
No matter what you think about tax cuts for the rich or corporations,
everyone seems to agree that our tax code is too complex. Understanding the IRS’
concrete guidelines and navigating the nuances of past IRS rulings can be a daunting
When we say the word “collaboration,” are we all talking about the same thing? Or is that word, and the practices it encompasses, still being negotiated and hashed out in newsrooms and communities? The journalism partnerships emerging around the country vary in size and type, and the practices that define those partnerships are still being negotiated and hashed out in newsrooms and communities.
There’s a lot of buzz about all the corporate money that has poured into politics since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and related court decisions lifted nearly all limitations on political spending. But there’s a lot less talk about where that money — estimated to number in the billions this year — is going: into the pockets of the media.
At the end of 2010, the Federal Communications Commission passed
a set of “Open Internet” rules. The agency claimed these rules made Net
Neutrality — the notion that we should be able to connect to any website or
application without carrier interference — the law of the land.
The FCC’s rules contain a series of significant loopholes. Most importantly,
they fail to protect wireless Internet users from carriers like AT&T and
Verizon that seek to block our freedom to connect at will.
Two new videos document the dangers of an approaching wireless-cable monster known in some circles as “Verizilla.”
This monster would rise out of a toxic deal between Verizon and a cable cabal of Comcast, Cox and Time Warner Cable. The group wants to divvy up the wireless Internet market and get rid of any meaningful competition among the companies involved.