When people think about funding cuts and public media, they
usually think about NPR and PBS, but a recent report reveals that another vital
community media source is perhaps even more threatened: Public, Educational and
Governmental access stations, otherwise known as PEG stations.
There is now fresh data on the funding cuts and closures of PEG
access cable channels throughout the country, thanks to a study released by the
Buske Group and the Alliance for Communications Democracy in early April. The
study compared the funding of PEG access centers over a five year period between
2005 and 2010, uncovering the rapid erosion of a vital local resource.
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Today, World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated, but a
new article suggests that a free press crippled by shrinking newsrooms may be
no match for the booming public relations industry. The article, published by ProPublica and the Columbia Journalism Review, reports that PR people now outnumber
journalists by more than three to one. As a result, the line between news
stories and public relations spin is becoming increasingly difficult to discern.
Public broadcasting has
survived another bruising round of attacks, thanks to the enormous outcry from
all corners of the country and across the political spectrum. Thanks, in other
words, to you.
As we gathered in Boston
earlier this month with 2,500 other media reform advocates at the National
Conference for Media Reform (NCMR), the White House and Congress were on the
verge of a possible government shutdown. The last minute deal our lawmakers
struck included roughly $40 billion in cuts to an array of vital programs, but
NPR and PBS were taken off the table. After hearing from millions of Americans,
lawmakers got the message.