Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps will be the first to tell you that his own agency needs to do more to improve the country’s media system. Last Monday, he told a room full of Pittsburgh residents that a key part of the remedy is citizen action.
“If we are to ever have media of the people, by the people and for the people, you need to take this fight on,” Copps told the crowd at a town hall-style dialogue sponsored by Free Press. “The stakes could not be higher ... If we are denied quality news and information, if we are denied in-depth investigative reporting and if we are denied a media environment wherein independent voices can speak and be heard, then we won’t be able to sustain an
At today’s FCC hearing on
the Information Needs of Communities, Free Press Policy Counsel Corie Wright made
the case for why we need a new era of broadcaster transparency. Through a few
simple changes, Wright argues, the FCC could make available vital information
about how the media serve local communities — and enable citizens, journalists
and public interest groups to hold media accountable.
The text of Corie Wright’s
speech, delivered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass
Communications at Arizona State University, follows below.
Last Friday marked the launch of Black Voices for Internet Freedom, a new coalition of local, regional and national organizations, leaders and their allies joining together to keep the Internet open and free from discrimination.
The day is almost upon us: A handful of corporate hardliners in the Senate is getting ready to rush through a measure that would give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet.
Tonight in Pittsburgh people from around the city will come
together at a public town hall to discuss the future of
media and journalism. The event will be an opportunity for the people of
Pittsburgh to speak directly to Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and FCC Commissioner
Michael Copps about the state of local news.
This fall marks a critical moment for the future of our airwaves.
The FCC is gearing up to review its media-ownership rules and faces massive
industry pressure to remove the remaining public-interest protections and pave
the way for more industry consolidation.