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  • Stop Verizon's Backroom Deal

    March 19, 2012

    Your cable and wireless companies are getting into bed together.

    Verizon has struck a sweetheart deal with a cartel of cable companies — including Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications — in which they’ve agreed to stop competing against one another. The new plan? To divvy up the spoils of the growing mobile market.

  • Sixteen Thousand People Send Messages to Journalists Arrested During Occupy Protests

    March 14, 2012

    How should we respond to the unprecedented rise in attacks on freedom of the press we are witnessing worldwide?

    From foreign correspondents and citizen reporters being targeted and killed in Syria to new cases of press suppression and intimidation here at home, recent months have provided a series of stark reminders about the risks journalists take to bring us the news we need.

  • Free Press on the Road

    March 12, 2012

    This month, Free Press staff will zigzag across the United States to meet with activists and allies, give talks, inspire action — and listen and learn alongside others engaged in the movement to change our media. Among the cities in our itinerary are Washington, D.C., Boulder, Colo., Los Angeles and Detroit. But that’s not all …

  • Happy Sunshine Week!

    March 12, 2012

    Welcome to Sunshine Week — a time to stand up for the importance of open government and freedom of information. And what better time than the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, when winter shadows are receding and the sun begins to usher in new life.

    But as we all know, the metaphor is aspirational. In reality, darkness still obscures information that the public needs to participate fully in our democracy. That’s why, in honor of Sunshine Week, Free Press volunteers all over the country will be shining their own lights on their local media outlets. Starting today and continuing all week long, our volunteers will be paying visits to their local TV stations to inspect their public files.

  • The Misinformation Machine

    March 8, 2012

    Dirty politics is a growth industry with few happy customers. In the run-up to Super Tuesday, television viewers nationwide had to endure an onslaught of negative and deceptive political ads.

  • Broken Promises

    March 7, 2012

    Actions speak louder than words.

    We see this when our children promise to share — and then hoard their Halloween candy, refusing their angelic parents even the smallest Snickers. And this dynamic really hits home when leaders deliver principled speeches — and then neglect to follow through on their promises.

    In 2008, President Obama spoke out against media consolidation and for more diverse ownership of radio and television stations. "Rules promoting the public interest and diversity in media ownership," he said, "are too important for the FCC to accept an agenda supported by the Washington special interests."

  • Distortions, Manipulations and Lies: Oh My!

    March 6, 2012

    It might be hard to believe, but sometimes political ads are chock full of distortions, manipulations and boldfaced lies.

    But every once in a while a broadcaster shows some muscle and pulls a dishonest ad.

  • Nonprofit News Leaders Look to the Future

    March 5, 2012

    Even though nonprofit news organizations have been a vital part of our media for decades, in the last five years we’ve seen a rapid expansion in the noncommercial journalism sector. Coming at a moment of profound transition in the news business, these nonprofit startups are learning the ropes even as they are changing the rules. As such, they are constantly negotiating a complex set of tensions that push and pull them toward the future. They are trying to be nimble but sustainable, trying to push the envelope but not leave their communities behind, trying to burn brightly without burning out.

  • On Gawker on Sorkin: Looping in the Brave New Media

    March 2, 2012

    A few weeks ago, Gawker ran a scathing critique of Aaron Sorkin's upcoming HBO series The Newsroom, which uses Sorkin's well-loved penchant for heroic simultaneous prognosticators/perambulators to wax nostalgic about a time when journalism was pure.

  • Murdoch's Date With Justice

    February 29, 2012

    A legal net is closing around media mogul Rupert Murdoch. On Monday a top investigator in London reported that senior News Corp. employees authorized hundreds of bribes to police officers and other government officials. And just this morning his disgraced son James stepped down from his role as executive chairman of News International.

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