"Together, We Know More: Networks and
Coalitions to Advance Media Democracy, Communication Rights and the Public
Sphere 1990-2005" is an oral-history report by Aliza Dichter. Case studies of past
efforts to coordinate public-interest media and telecom policy advocacy,
drawing specific recommendations in areas of governance, power-sharing and
structure. Produced for the Social Science Research Council program, “Necessary
Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere.”
Report from 2004: A bird's eye view of the current strengths and challenges involved in communications policy advocacy and activism, synthesizing ideas future directions and strategies.
Based on more than 60 interviews with advocates, researchers and funders, this report seeks to help frame the field of media/communications policy activism and explore the challenges and future directions for this work.
In this 2006 article, Jared Ball comments on the white left-led media reform movement and its relationship to Black American and domestic or local news.
Jared A. Ball
White Liberals and Glass Houses: A Reminder that Black Radical Journalism is a Tradition
By Jared A. Ball
Even as they decry the practice of exclusion among the mainstream
press, the white left-led media reform movement does the same to Black
American and domestic or local news. While just a brief overview, one
far from being exhaustive in its study, this commentary is both a
postscript to past analysis performed on the subject and a prelude of
more in-depth forthcoming work. However, following a recent study
published by the white-left media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting or FAIR and in advance of my own participation at next year’s Media Reform Conference in Memphis, I would at least like to propose the following for consideration.
Updated report focused on the new media landscape and opportunities for alternative voices to express themselves.
The Beyond Broadcast report (which is also available as a PDF version
for downloading) is divided into three parts, encompassing ten sections
that examine a variety of traditions, technologies, and platforms for
an expanded system of public media:
Expanding Public Media in the Digital Age(released 1 February 2006)
This article looks at how the public has a right to exercise greater control over
Mark Winston Griffith
In a city notorious for unscrupulous landlords and the unchecked
power of corporations, there is one group that easily inspires the
most angry whispering among the heads of many community organizations
-- philanthropic foundations.
told and told again about program officers who don't understand the work they
fund; about community groups being made to dance on strings by their
foundation patrons; about the capricious way that foundations dole out grants,
particularly to small organizations.
For years critics of foundation practices
have argued that because foundation dollars are tax-sheltered monies, much
of which would otherwise be sitting
in the US Treasury, the public has a right to exercise greater control over
grant making. Indeed, members of Congress are attempting to increase
the amount that foundations are legally mandated to give away every year, though
their efforts are meeting resistance.
And groups like the National Committee
for Responsive Philanthropy,
which was created in 1976, promote "public
accountability and transparencies among foundations". ...
Strategies for future research to engage local citizens with local media to enhance civic life.
New report for the Center for Social Media's Future of Public Media Project (funded by the Ford Foundation).
Noelle McAfee reports from an October 2005 meeting held at the Charles
F. Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio were participants outlines a
strategy for future research on ways in which local publics and local
media might best work together to engage citizens in the civic life of
their community. This research is related to the larger question of how
those individuals and organizations in public media (and any media with
a public mission) best understand their own practices and relationship
to the public.
These questions have emerged from many discussions prior to the
December, 2003 Fordham Conference on Media Diversity and Localism as
well as the panel presentations of the first day. Due to the limited
time we have together, several conference participants have put
together this handout as a way of documenting some of the different
sorts of questions we might put forward to set research agendas and
assess the role of metrics and measures in policymaking.
Hipatia thinks that The Other World is a world where an ethical option for spreading knowledge and power is made.
According to what we believe, we propose ethical choices for the
Information Technology infrastructure of the WSF:
* web sites
* Internet communication tools.
Key documents from the Geneva prep phases, regional conferences and summit. This link includes Principles, Action Plans & Final Reports, as well as background materials organized thematically (see related link).