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  • Urge the FCC to Address the High Cost of Prison Phone Calls

    May 11, 2012

    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.

  • New Attack Launched on Public Media

    May 10, 2012

    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.

  • Who's Afraid of Rupert Murdoch?

    May 10, 2012

    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.

  • Another Merger Signals Black Radio's Decline

    May 9, 2012

    The merger of two legendary R&B radio stations in New York City is a major blow to diversity on the dial, and signals — yet again — that black radio is on the decline.

  • AT&T Whines; Reader Rebuts

    May 8, 2012

    Last week, tech site Gizmodo wrote about AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson's comment that he regrets introducing unlimited data plans for iPhone users — because they actually used them.

  • From Competition to Collaboration

    May 7, 2012

    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?

  • On the Verge of a Local Radio Renaissance

    May 7, 2012

    One of the most common complaints about radio is that no matter where you go on the dial, it all sounds the same. You can take a small step today to change that — dramatically.

  • Dear Hulu: You're Doing It Wrong

    May 4, 2012

    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).

    I was feeling pretty proud of myself.

    Then streaming television started.

  • We Must Protect Our Right to Record

    May 3, 2012

    Today is World Press Freedom Day — but it sure doesn’t feel like it here in the U.S.

  • All Voters Deserve Access to the Information Hiding in Political Files

    May 2, 2012

    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. 

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