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  • Television Stations Don't Like Television Cameras

    April 24, 2012

    What happens when a group of broadcast journalism students set out to inspect the public files at their local television stations?

    Three out of four stations refuse to let their cameras in.

    “Cleveland television stations,” one student said, “don’t like television cameras.”

  • Public Interest Groups to FCC: Don’t Gamble with the Public Interest

    April 20, 2012

    Less than a week before the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on a proposal that would transform public access to information about political ad spending, it seems the agency may be on the verge of caving to industry pressure. Two out of three FCC commissioners have expressed openness to a broadcast industry counter proposal to segregate information about individual political ads, keeping that information offline and locked in dusty file cabinets.

  • ALEC Wants You To Pay 750 Percent More For High-Speed Internet

    April 20, 2012

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the most powerful corporate front group you’ve never heard of. Drawing the vast majority of its financing from big corporations, the group allows these firms to help write bills that it then secretly passes off to state legislators to get turned into laws.

  • Big Brother Is Not Your 'Friend'

    April 16, 2012

    The U.S. government has increasingly shown an intense desire to “friend” you, to “follow” you, to get to know your every online move.

    Now members of the House of Representatives are channeling that desire into legislation that clears a path for authorities to work with companies like AT&T, Facebook and Google to snoop on Internet-using Americans.

  • Court OKs Political Ads on NPR and PBS

    April 13, 2012

    Sounds like an Onion headline, but it’s not. Yesterday a U.S. appeals court struck down a ban on political advertising on public TV and radio stations. That means your local NPR and PBS stations could start airing all those nasty attack ads that clog up the airwaves in an election year.

  • Sign Up to Create Change!

    April 12, 2012

    Sign our petition to stop Arctic drilling! Protect baby seals! Keep “pink slime” out of our food!

  • Stop the Online Spying Bill

    April 12, 2012

    Want to give the federal government and big companies new powers to spy on you?

    You’re in luck: There's a bill for that. 

    It's called CISPA — the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act" — and it's a frightening piece of legislation. It could allow for a new online spying regime, letting Big Brother read, watch and listen to everything we do on the Internet.

  • Collaboration, Competition and Consolidation: Where Is the Line?

    April 10, 2012

    Many of the same technological changes and economic pressures that have driven the development of collaborative journalism are also driving media consolidation. In both cases, proponents argue that benefits include reducing overhead costs and pooling resources to provide quality journalism to the community.

  • 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.

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