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Welcome to the Free Press blog! We post several times a week on everything from Internet access to free speech to media mergers, so check back often to see what we’re up to.

  • You're Invited!

    October 16, 2012

    There's a party coming to Denver next April. And Free Press is throwing it.

    At the National Conference for Media Reform, you’ll meet up with activists from around the country and get inspired about ways to change the media and build a better democracy. Our conference truly has it all: hands-on workshops, speeches, networking opportunities — even dance-offs.

  • The Internet as Political Lie Detector

    October 12, 2012

    In a year of misleading political attack ads and distracted television newscasters, the Internet may offer salvation for voters seeking the truth.

    A new Google poll found that 64 percent of battleground-state voters have used the Internet to fact-check the candidates in 2012.

  • Film Highlights Predatory Prison Phone Rates

    October 12, 2012
    This Friday, the film Middle of Nowhere will open in several cities around the country. The film explores a woman’s struggle to stay in touch with her incarcerated husband. This is a challenge facing many families, and a big part of it is due to the high cost of prison phone calls — as much as $17 for a 15-minute call.
  • The Impact of Public Media: 'I Learned to Read and Count to 100'

    October 11, 2012

    Public media reaches nearly every household in the United States, from sea to shining sea. This week, Americans stood up in record numbers in support of Big Bird, NPR and PBS. But we wanted to find out why public media matters to so many people — so we asked America to tell us.

  • The Dirty Truth

    October 11, 2012
    If you rifle through some history textbooks, you’ll see that some pretty significant stuff has happened on Oct. 10th. Some of it's pretty dark. But good things have happened on Oct. 10 too. Consider Oct. 10, 2012, the day the Political Ad Sleuth database went live.
  • "C" Is for Cookie --- That's Good Enough for Me

    October 10, 2012
    I was a true Sesame Street kid. I adored the Odd Couple-esque squabbling between Ernie and Bert. I was a sucker for both Professor Grover and Grover the hapless waiter. I loved trench-coated Kermie’s trenchant reports from the field. But no character grabbed me quite like Cookie.
  • The Next Big Thing for Big Bird

    October 9, 2012
    We have a plan to save Big Bird. If we’re going to stop threats to public media in their tracks — and I think we can — we’ll need thousands of stories from people like you.
  • Big Bird Tweets and Roars

    October 8, 2012
    How do you spell “meme”? In the five days since the Denver presidential debate, Big Bird has stormed social media as people everywhere have gone online to defend public broadcasting against defunding threats.
  • Political Hush Money

    October 8, 2012
    The Miami Herald's Edward Wasserman cites two Free Press reports on political ad spending in a cutting commentary on the state of local television news. “The funders of political advertising appear to have purchased not just airtime, but immunity from media scrutiny,” writes Wasserman.
  • Stand With Big Bird

    October 4, 2012
    Thanks to last night’s presidential debate, public media funding is back in the spotlight again. Let’s be clear: Cutting federal funding for NPR and PBS will hardly make a dent in the budget but will have a huge impact on jobs and journalism in local communities. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting budget is about $445 million dollars. That’s less than $1.50 per person per year — or about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget.

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