CLOSED: Media In Your Community


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  1. West Hartford, CT

    West Hartford Community Television embedded cameras with student video teams in every public school and library in town along with people in neighborhoods and local non-profits. These Be The Media Reporters tell grass-roots hyper-local stories that are hosted online on www.whctv.org and then run together in innovative mtv style clip reel news show on the community public access channel.

    The concentration of media ownership in our market means that there are fewer journalists seeking out stories and more coverage of the same stories. This program called "Be The Media" encourages people to tell the stories they care about and provides…

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    • Davis, California

      If Davis, California is any example, mass collaboration may be the future of local media.

      The Davis Wiki (http://daviswiki.org), started in 2004, is an entirely community-maintained, collaborative, non-profit effort to compile anything and everything about living in in Davis, California. Unlike a local blog, which may be maintained by at most a handful of individuals, the Davis Wiki allows anyone in the community to contribute back their knowledge of the community with the community. The result is an information resource tailored to the needs of the entire community. The project contains over 15,000 pages on nearly every aspect…

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      • Paulding Co. Georgia has been experimenting with new media since 2003

        Paulding County Georgia is in a media market of 135,000 folks located just west of Cobb county in the Atlanta DMA. With 25,000 residents in 1980 (rapid growth), and relatively slow commercial growth (about 18 percent of the tax digest is business properties vs. the balance residential) despite its size, market was never 'mature' enough to support a local daily newspaper in the time before the Internet arrived.. The last local radio effort died in the mid-1990s leaving the community being poorly served by the Atlanta media. Local media consists of two free-distribution weekly's, one paid distribution weekly (only one…

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        • Hartford, CT - State Public Affairs Networks Bring C-SPAN Style Coverage to State Government

          Imagine: 50 mini "C-SPANs" across the nation whose focus is greater citizen engagement through transparent, unfiltered and undistracted coverage of their constituent state governments. For many states like Connecticut, Washington, Florida and Wisconsin, it’s already a reality. In Connecticut, the Connecticut Network (CT-N), now in its 12th year of operation, has garnered national attention and recognition from organizations like the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government and the National Society for Professional Journalists for providing 24/7 coverage of all three branches of government and public policy on basic cable TV, on the internet, and most recently on AT&T U-Verse.

          State public…

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          • VT-Front Porch Forum: Local news & citizen engagement through networks of online neighborhood forums

            Mention the internet, and most people think of the WORLD wide web… reaching out across the globe for news, long-lost friends, or low-price bargains. But in Burlington, VT, residents are using the web to connect with… their backfence neighbors. In an era where national and global information is broadly available online, it seems that few of us know our neighbors and what’s going on down the street. Husband and wife Michael and Valerie Wood-Lewis saw an opportunity three years ago and created FrontPorchForum.com to serve their corner of Vermont. Amazingly, 40% of the state’s largest city subscribes and the sense…

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            • Portland, OR - Expand the concept of Free Geek to operationalize like Portland Tool Libraries

              Although Portland has, from what I've heard, the highest broadband utilization per capita of the top 50 cities in the US, the poor neighborhoods are still poor neighborhoods. Tool Libraries such as NEPTL and NPTL offer a model to distribute and share the tool of the internet and communications. I'd love to see BTOP grants going to grassroots, neighborhood organizations such as these in markets with 4G penetration, which crosses the broadband redlining in many cities.

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              • Seattle, Washington

                Underdogs like myself who are fighting back against big media conglomerates, they continue taking over local outlets(radio, TV and newspapers) all over America, silencing independent voices, especially minorities. They have made a mockery of the commitment to “operate in the public interest”, convenience and necessity.

                It is time for the FCC and “Press” to stop serving the agenda of mega media corporations and the politicians they control....and start serving “Democracy” now.
                I have lived in Washington's state since 1972, and I have seen many injustices in broadcasting...for example, just to mention one of the hundreds....It is unfair that Anglos, who…

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                • Portland, OR MicroPower FM Transmission for neighborhood-based Non-Profits

                  Think of the concept of 211 being expanded to a radio station where neighborhood Non-Profits (EX: Skanner Foundation, http://www.newcolumbia.org/, ethos.org) could apply for 1W digital transmitters and share a frequency across neighborhoods, cities and states.

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                  • Santa Barbara, CA

                    Some existing public media could use help -- through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- to build up our educational, public service radio and television systems on new media platforms. They've proved themselves in serving children, voters, diverse communities, and all age groups. I encourage free citizen-driven communication free from commercial imperatives -- but with a professional counterpart to provide training, modeling, organization and leadership. Our local public media institutions can serve this role.

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                    • about Public Access TV

                      We need to know how our government is doing to protect the public interest instead of the big corporations interest. We need to see local policy debates, we need a clean election process. We don't have access to any of these information. But most of all we need to get rid of this new career named “lobbyist”. They are good only to damage the population interest. There are too many of them and the government needs to do something.

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                      • Laramie, WY - and the rest of the US too

                        To what extent is government intervention in media constitutional -- especially now that we have the Internet, where there's no shortage of ink or newsprint? Is regulating media consistent with the Commission's notion of having an "open Internet," in which everyone's voice can compete?

                        By the way: here in Wyoming (as in several other states), state law mandates that government chooss a "newspaper of record" in each city for public notices. According to the now-antiquated law, it must be an ink-and-paper newspaper, and due to the limited population and limited available revenue (the revenue from the public notices is what…

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                        • What if Newspaper Owner is Reviled?

                          Private media is fine but it is private. Crazy owners can do crazy things -- and public service suffers. Public media is more accountable, more responsive. How can we support public media better?

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                          • national

                            As a former employee of two wireless carriers and a wireless handset supplier/chip maker who help usher in digital voice & data to the industry - I have firsthand knowledge of what cell phones and data devices can and can't do.

                            Land line termination fees were historically the largest cost to carriers. As more and more data-centric plans evolve- one would assume that consumer cost would come down. In contrast - consumers are paying more for service, handsets, termination fees and are now being required to purchase specific plans to utilize specific phones.

                            As handheld data devices such as the…

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                            • Los Angeles, California

                              TERRIBLE COVERAGE. More time spent on paris hilton than the haiti earthquake/

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                              • From RadioArte in Chicago, a view from the bottom and a call for more diverse/independent media!

                                Hello my name is Martin Macias Jr from Radio Arte, a Latino public radio station that offers media training and opportunities for members of the community to report on issues important to them. Its located in Pilsen, a historically working class/immigrant community. I will speak about the southwest Chicago region as a whole. Coming from a community media station has allowed me to view the changing media landscape with the voices and ideas of our listeners/neighbors in mind.

                                This region of the city has many media options for its residents which, collectively has one of the largest concentrations of latino/hispanic…

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                                • Frederick County, MD - WFMD 930AM (Aloha Station Trust, LLC) Public News Radio

                                  Something isn't right in Frederick County, Maryland. 930WMD and Aloha Stations Trust, LLC have gone too far with their political practices on Public Interest Radio. We need the FCC to look into it.

                                  Frederick County, Maryland is a small but growing rural community situated 50 miles from our nation's capitol, Washington, DC. It is a community with a strong dedication to its people, farming and conservative values. By virtue of location Frederick County is also a growing community, welcoming cultural diversity, art, science and business both large and small. We have a local paper that folks have depended upon for…

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                                  • Neighborhood forums in Minneapolis and St. Paul

                                    E-Democracy.org hosts dynamic neighborhood e-mail lists/web forums across Minneapolis and St. Paul (and more communities). The most established reach over 10% households everyday with community information and discussion. Some of the forums (with grant resources) cover high immigrant, low income neighborhoods. See: http://pages.e-democracy.org/Inclusive_Social_Media

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                                    • Middletown, RI

                                      Democrats are in the majority here. Yet our local AM station, WADK, refuses to air anything but right wing wacko talk and bland drivel. Ergo, most listen to the morning news & weather, then shut it off in favor of NPR. I would love to be able to listen to progressive talk on the radio, but it simply isn't available. Bring back the Fairness Doctrine!!

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                                      • Cincinnati, Ohio

                                        With the demise of small owner radio we lost the only progressive radio outlet in Southwest Ohio. A very conservative owner bought out the station and then destroyed the audience by changing the call letters and frequency with zero advertising. We need a more balanced free radio system.

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                                        • Saint Paul, Minnesota

                                          The metro daily newspapers and commercial broadcast media in St. Paul fail to provide the St. Paul community with regular local coverage of the important civic information they need to function as citizens in a democracy--information on local elections and governance, whether related to the state legislature, city council, school board, county board of commissioners, municipal water district, park system, or sheriff's department. We get little or no information from commercial broadcasting or commercial newspapers about local environmental issues, local education issues, local housing issues, or other issues specific to local ethnic or religious communities or neighborhoods. We get little…

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