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  • More Groups Join the Chorus Urging Shareholders to Vote for Wireless Net Neutrality

    April 9, 2012

    In the last few weeks, more than 50,000 people have shown their support for the shareholders’ campaign to get AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to commit to wireless Net Neutrality.

    Shareholders will vote on the question in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, more individuals and groups are coming out of the woodwork to support this bold move.

  • Governments Around the World Grapple with Nonprofit Journalism

    April 9, 2012

    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 abroad.

  • Racial Hierarchy + Minnesota Book Tour + Trayvon Martin

    April 5, 2012

    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.

  • One Year from Today ...

    April 5, 2012

    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.

  • Hey America! We're #16

    April 3, 2012

    Q: Do you live in America?

    If you answered “yes,” you can proceed directly to the “You live in a country ranked 16th in the world in broadband penetration, speed and price” section below.

  • How to Navigate the IRS' Nonprofit Journalism Maze

    April 2, 2012

    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 undertaking.

  • How Journalism Collaborations Are Changing the Way the News is Made

    April 2, 2012

    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.

  • Tucked Away in the Political Files

    March 30, 2012

    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.

  • Shareholders Put Pressure on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon

    March 29, 2012

    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.

    Not quite.

    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.

  • Beware of Verizilla!

    March 27, 2012

    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.

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