Mike Rispoli

News Voices Director

Mike directs Free Press’ News Voices project, which connects local communities and the newsrooms that serve them via public engagement, advocacy campaigns and collaborative projects. He also teaches journalism as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University. Before joining Free Press, Mike worked for the human-rights organizations Privacy International and Access. Mike also served as the technical editor on the 2015 book You: For Sale, a look at protecting user data and privacy online. In a past life, Mike was a journalist for the Newark Star-Ledger and Gannett Newspapers. Mike received his master’s degree in media studies and media management at the New School in New York City and his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Marist College. Follow him on Twitter @rispolimike.

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  • Trump Ally Sinclair Moves to Consolidate Media Empire

    Center for Media and Democracy
    September 25, 2017

    Sinclair is controversial for its size — it’s often been compared to the radio conglomerate Clear Channel — its unabashedly right-wing politics (which it pushes in the “must-run” segments it forces all its stations to air) — and its close connections to the Trump White House.

  • Sprint Hired Trump-Connected Lobbyist Amid Deal Talks

    Reuters
    September 25, 2017

    Sprint hired a lobbying firm with close ties to President Donald Trump's administration on Sept. 1, adding to Sprint's stable of federal lobbyists as it nears a deal to merge with wireless rival T-Mobile, according to disclosures filed with Congress this week.

  • Why Big Tech Is Clashing With Internet Freedom Advocates

    Wired
    September 22, 2017

    Everyone seems to have a beef with Big Tech these days. Now we can add internet advocacy groups to the list.

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