As I write this, three of the top 10 "trending topics" on Twitter are related to the protests currently rocking Iran. In fact, the most popular trend on Twitter for the last few days has been #iranelection, which updates with hundreds of new tweets every minute.
While news about the mainstream media seems to get worse by the day, the same can’t be said for ethnic media.
A recent study by New America Media revealed that the launch of ethnic media outlets and their reach have been increasing over the past four years. The audience for ethnic media grew by 16 percent during this period, reaching 57 million people on a regular basis.The study also found:
On a sloping hillside, Jack Kennedy cultivates 60 varieties of daylilies. He calls himself the “daylily man,” an interloper from the North who moved to his mountain perch in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to retire to his dream home and sink his hands into the earth.
Local radio advocates have been cranking up the volume, and it’s paying off. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a Federal Communications Commission ruling that protects existing Low Power FM stations from being knocked off the air by full power stations. And yesterday, a House subcommittee held a hearing on the Local Community Radio Act, a bill that would expand the number of LPFM radio stations across the country.
It’s easy to get mired in hopelessness and despair as thousands of fired journalists close their reporters’ notebooks, shelve their AP Stylebooks, and leave their posts, their beats often left unfilled.
It’s easy to feel a sense of righteousness as newspapers across the country crumble under a greedy business model that puts profit before quality journalism and protecting the public’s interest. And it’s easy to simply hope that the Internet provides a new vehicle for a robust press.
At the close of yesterday’s FCC comment period about a national Internet plan, thousands of you filed comments in support of an open, affordable Internet. This could be the biggest docket in the FCC’s history.
While we were ushering your comments to the FCC, we also took a moment (or, more accurately, hours of our research director’s time) to submit our own.