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While the last votes are still being tallied, we saw so many voters reject hate and lies and show up to defend democracy and human rights. When it comes to media and tech, the results mean there is new momentum and political opportunity to advance key appointments and new policies that will actually protect people and improve their lives.

At the same time, the media’s misguided focus on horse-race coverage and polling once again showed how much work we still have to do to build a democracy-sustaining media system. The simultaneous implosion of Twitter under Elon Musk demonstrates why we can’t leave the future of our media — our democracy — to the whims of billionaires or charlatans. We must begin investing in and building alternatives that are grounded in and responsive to local communities.

So our tasks at this moment are two-fold: We must seize political opportunities and reduce harm in the immediate term — starting with this “lame duck” session of Congress — while continuing to dream and lay the pathways to the media system we actually need and deserve.

Here at Free Press Action that means we’ll move now to:

In the long term, we’re aiming to:

  • Get ready for 2024 now. We need to continue to expose how the news industry fuels threats to our democracy.
  • Build new systems. We need to put forward new plans and strategies to create the transformative changes and media structures that will support a just multiracial democracy.
  • Sharpen the vision and build the political power we need to construct a news system that is responsive to communities, rather than shareholders.

There are now new political openings and opportunities. We have a lot of work ahead of us — but in the days ahead, we will organize for the media and tech we deserve, the stories that must be told and the world we know we can build — because we know it’s possible.

Help power our urgent work to combat disinformation, protect your right to privacy, expand local journalism and so much more.

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