This year I celebrated Halloween early. Wearing cardboard-television costumes, two fellow Free Press staffers and I traveled to northern California to attend the Bioneers Conference, which focuses on ways to create a more sustainable world.
The FOX station in Charleston, S.C. is airing one set of news at 10 p.m., and then the CBS affiliate across town is broadcasting the same news — same anchors, same scripts, same everything — an hour later. We received video footage from activists in South Carolina that shows just how similar these supposedly independent newscasts are.
coalition ofconcerned citizens, labor organizations, advocacy groups
and OccupyLA protesters will demonstrate
outside News Corporation’s annual shareholders’ meeting on
Friday, Oct. 21.
we come from different backgrounds and interests we are joining together in Los Angeles because we believe that no single company should be
allowed to own an overwhelming share of the media in our country.
“News is just too important to leave to those who shout the loudest
… or have the biggest purse.”
Caroline Thomson, chief operating officer of the BBC, made
these remarks at this week’s Washington, D.C. forum on innovation in public
media. “The Next Big Thing” featured a range of leaders from public and
community media, plus demos and videos of new projects and debate about how we
create and consume journalism in the digital age.
Other speakers included Jake Shapiro, the founding CEO of
the Public Radio Exchange, Sue Schardt, the CEO of the Association of
Independents in Radio, Joaquin Alvarado, head of innovation for American Public
Media, and Craig Aaron, Free Press president and CEO.
For footage of Tuesday’s event click the links below:
Last week Dennis Ritchie, the co-creator of UNIX, died — and
hardly anyone covered it. Ritchie lived quietly — he wasn't the showman that Steve Jobs was — and apparently he died quietly, too. While working at Bell Labs in the late ‘60s Ritchie wrote the C programming language with Brian Kernighan.
Rev. R. Henry Martin directs the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, a
Louisiana-based ministry that “reaches out to feed, clothe, shelter and provide
healing services to homeless men, women and families with children.” The
ministry aided 1,200 people in 2010, served over 135,000 meals and is open to
those in need 365 days a year.
Last week, the Chronicle of Philanthropyreported
on a troubling trend that has many of the most innovative new journalism
nonprofits stuck in a bureaucratic black hole at the IRS.
The rise of local nonprofit news
organizations has been heralded as one of the most promising signs in the news
industry’s rapid transformation over the last four years. Veteran reporters,
tech-savvy journalists and citizens are starting vibrant local journalism
nonprofits to fill the gaps commercial media are leaving behind as they
consolidate and slash newsroom jobs.
In its relentless
effort to take over competitor T-Mobile, AT&T has been dangling the promise
of better service and greater access to broadband Internet to rural Americans
as an incentive for policymakers to support and approve the $39 billion deal.
But in eastern Kentucky, activists for rural broadband aren’t holding their
breath and waiting for AT&T to make good on this promise.