Sounds like an Onion headline, but it’s not. Yesterday
a U.S. appeals court struck
down a ban on political advertising on public TV and radio stations. That
means your local NPR and PBS stations could start airing all those nasty attack
ads that clog up the airwaves in an election year.
Want to give the federal government and big companies new
powers to spy on you?
You’re in luck: There's a bill for that.
It's called CISPA — the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and
Protection Act" — and it's a frightening piece of legislation.It could allow for a new online spying
regime, letting Big Brother read, watch and listen to everything we do on the
Many of the same technological changes and economic pressures that have driven the development of collaborative journalism are also driving media consolidation. In both cases, proponents argue that benefits include reducing overhead costs and pooling resources to provide quality journalism to the community.
In Free Press’ 2011 report on
international models for public media, we noted how many of the changes we
are witnessing in the American media landscape are also happening internationally.
Public media systems around the world are debating how best to transition from
broadcast to broadband, newspapers are cutting costs and struggling to adapt to
the digital age and governments are grappling with ways to bridge the digital
divide. All of these debates impact the future of journalism at home and
Earlier this week, the Center
for Media Justice and Free Press, together with the Main Street Project, Waite House and the
Headwaters Foundation for Justice, welcomed author Joseph Torres to the
Twin Cities to promote his book News for All the People: The Epic Story of
Race and the American Media, co-written
with Juan González.
The senior external affairs director for Free Press, Joseph spoke to college classes at the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Community and Technical College and also addressed gatherings of Minnesota Digital Justice Coalition members and community leaders. In just over 48 hours, Joseph’s visit reached over 200 people in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Today the countdown begins. In exactly one year, thousands will gather in Denver for the largest and most dynamic gathering of media activists yet. That’s right — we are exactly 365 days away from the 2013 National Conference for Media Reform! We couldn’t be more excited.
No matter what you think about tax cuts for the rich or corporations,
everyone seems to agree that our tax code is too complex. Understanding the IRS’
concrete guidelines and navigating the nuances of past IRS rulings can be a daunting