It's no secret that the newspaper business is in
trouble. It has been for a very long time, with readership shrinking
along with ad revenues, and costs continuing to climb. But some newspapers
are not content to go gentle into that good night… they’re finding ways to make
themselves more valuable to their communities, reflecting the readers’ needs
and delivering news in innovative and engaging ways.
In an interview on NPR’s “On the Media”, Ira Glass, host of “This American Life”, argues that it is time to stand up to the bullies and fight back against the smear campaign being waged against public media in Washington D.C. and on cable news.
But how do we fight back? Here is what Glass suggests:
“With the truth, baby, with the truth. That’s all we got. Listen to what we're doing on the air, and measure it. Call it impractical, call it idealistic, but I have to believe if we get out there with the truth, that, that weapon is a real weapon and actually means something.”
Some members of Congress have been spending so much time fretting about what’s going on in the executive offices at NPR that they have lost sight of the local people, local jobs, and local organizations in their districts that depend on public broadcasting. Today we are sending a wake-up call to Capitol Hill.
On Monday, the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)
released its annual “State of the News Media” study. The study covers a lot of ground, providing
data about readership/viewership, ad revenues, ownership, journalism jobs, and
content across every news medium, be it print, broadcast or digital. During the
next few weeks, we’ll be diving deeper into the data, bringing you our analysis
of how all this research can inform the media reform movement.
The increasing dominance of the Internet as a news platform gets a
lot of attention in the study. Let’s take a look at some of the media policy
implications of what they found.
Free Press Research Director S. Derek Turner testified on Thursday on behalf of the Free Press Action Fund and the SavetheInternet.com coalition before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
Several dozen Pittsburghers honored Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) as he received a "Community Radio Champion Award" on Saturday.
The award, presented by Free Press and the Prometheus Radio Project, recognizes Congressman Doyle’s championship of the “Local Community Radio Act,” a bill that will create space on the radio dial for hundreds of new community radio stations across the country. Advocates for these Low Power FM – or LPFM stations – have been working for years to pass this bill.
Senators Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill today that would eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This bill joins six other bills taking aim at public broadcasting already introduced in the House. DeMint wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today to make his case, attacking – of all things – CEO salaries at public broadcasting outlets.
Over the past few weeks
I've been tracking the arguments of public broadcasting advocates
fighting efforts in Congress to defund the service. This week, defenders
got a bit of a reprieve, as Obama signed a two-week extension of the
the deadline for the Senate and House to devise a final funding bill for