For 2.7 million children in the United States, a phone call is their only means of communicating with parents in prison. Phone calls with those parents can provide stability, comfort and a sense of normalcy.
According to press
reports, Sen. Jim DeMint and Rep.
Doug Lamborn are circulating letters in the Senate and House to rally
support for cutting all federal funding for the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting and its nearly 1,300 local stations. The letters argue that the
$445 million CPB budget is an “enormous” cost to taxpayers.
The letters come just a month before
the CPB is supposed to deliver a report to Congress outlining how it could
operate without federal funding. This timing is particularly troubling in light
of a recent federal appeals court decision that opened
the door to political ads on NPR and PBS stations.
The answer: the Federal Communications Commission and Congress.
While the media mogul was
called before Parliament and hammered by regulators in the United Kingdom, few
in the halls of U.S. power are willing to call News Corp. to account for the
“culture of corruption” that has spread through its media empire.
The shift from competition to collaboration in the American newsroom has been so profound that in 2009 theColumbia Journalism Review argued that "there is something fundamental under way." That same year, Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger wrote, "I've seen the future, and it's mutual." The trend is clear, and by all accounts collaborations are expanding and maturing, but do we have a clear enough understanding of what motivates these collaborative efforts? What are the factors inside and outside the newsroom that are inspiring this great collaborative shift?
This is a love story about television. My love story about television.
I cut the cable cord a long time ago. The cost was too high and the majority of channels offered were, well, mediocre at best. I got by for years on my new favorite format: TV on DVD. I bought box sets and spent hours soaking up the plotlines from Six Feet Under and the West Wing. I became a series binger — that is, I would complete what took those poor regular cable subscribers years in the course of a few weeks (OK, sometimes it was a few days).
Since September, police have arrested dozens of journalists and
activists around the country for the “crime” of trying to document political
protests in public spaces.
People using iPhones, Androids and other mobile devices are
changing the way we record and share breaking news. In return, police have
targeted, harassed — and in many cases, arrested — those trying to capture
images and video of public events.
Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to
put television broadcasters’ public and political files online to make them
easier to access. This is a major victory.
But while all TV broadcasters will have to migrate the majority of their public records online this year, only stations in the top 50 media markets that are also affiliated with major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, Fox or NBC) are required to digitize their political files this election season. All other TV stations can delay posting until 2014.
These exemptions mean that not a single Spanish-language station will be required to put its political file online this election year.