CLOSED: Media In Your Community


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  1. 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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    • Ann Arbor, MI

      The Ann Arbor News is gone now, bought up by a mega-corp, who can't manage the in-depth coverage or even relatively simple things like tracking & delivering subscriptions. If the former news reporters who lost their jobs were to start an internet news subscription service, where we'd get a free daily e-mail of their table of contents and could subscribe to download & read a few articles each week, I'd prefer that to the paper subscription from the AA news usurpers.

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        • Mankato, MN

          The online part of the local paper has a forum and anybody can leave comments to a letter to the editor or a story. The reporting is better than the local tv station, which leaves a lot of serious reporting to be desired. It's not at all investigative.

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          • Port Townsend, WA

            There used to be an independent newspaper, but the community let it die. Now the establishment weekly paper is the only poorly written, non-investigative access. Also, the long-awaited radio broadcast license that was awarded to the area has yet to be used.

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            • Fresno, CA

              Fresno's television news stations tend to swing between shallow and sensational. The dominant radio station mocks and attacks people and positions that are not in harmony with its rigid definition of being conservative. The Fresno Bee tends to treat city officialdom with a light touch, is mostly superficial about problems related to homelessness, water, pesticides, etc. It did an in depth, credible job on air pollution but has not stayed with it. The Community Alliance opens up many stories that the Bee does not cover but it is hampered by its monthly publication cycle. It would be nice if the…

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                  • Shoshoni, WY

                    Media in Wyoming is a joke, pure and simple. The local papers in the Shoshoni area are nothing but mouthpieces for the Republican Party, the Chamber of Commerce, and the welfare ranchers.

                    TV is as bad or worse. ABC and NBC, which are the only corporate outlets providing local "news" are as bad or worse than printed media. The bobble headed Ken and Barbie (or Barbie and Barbie) dashboard-doll-like trainee newsreaders stumble through free publicity for Chamber types or ranchers, show clips of lying right-wing politicians pretending to give a damn about working people (while serving the wealthy), show misleading…

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                    • Reston, VA

                      We need a local radio station!! This could provide timely and informative news and programs specific to our community of 60,000. With live announcers and newscasts, this could add much needed vitality and interaction, and a sense of community to our community.

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                      • Newark, DE

                        1 newspaper lacking in quality news coverage. Local TV stations barely cover my state. Lumped in with other states' coverage (PA, NJ, MD).

                        Need more voices. More unbiased media outlets. More jobs in media.

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                        • Highland Park, IL

                          Broadcast media lacking. Print media mediocre

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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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                            • los angeles, ca

                              The LA Times cuts jobs every few months and our local indie rock station 103.1 went off the air last year. LA Weekly was bought by a national corporation in 2007. Our local media is dying. We need to preserve local ownership.

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                              • Newport News, VA

                                Very racially biased reporting centered on black community, needs to feature a more diverse community view. Also tends to paint small businesses in a negative light while seldom saying bad about larger businesses unless it involves a murder or huge scandal. Local reports should also tell more local news and less "world drama"- why bother with a divorce in another country if much worse is happening in our own back yards?

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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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                                  • Marietta, GA

                                    I publish a community magazine. I wish the Cobb County police had a more efficient way of providing police incident reports.

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                                    • South Lake Tahoe, CA

                                      We need more local, real news. Our local paper is mainly supported by the big businesses in town who wield all the power over local politics. The paper is mostly advertisements and the staffing has been stripped to a skeleton crew.

                                      We need real reporting and that is expensive. Can we develop a Peace Corps for reporters? Can we support research into delivery systems so that papers can learn how to cut printing costs? Can we launch a media campaign to explain why opinions are not news and dialogue is not the same a arguing and the world is not…

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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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                                        • Birmingham, AL

                                          Lots of layoffs at The Birmingham News and local television stations... and also salary cuts for remaining employees as well as salary freezes. I've also found the reporting at the Birmingham News website to be thin; I think the News can sometimes do good work... we've had some interesting (!) politics here and there are some good reporters. Across print (including weekly papers) & broadcast here, I am dismayed by how conservative the media can be... there isn't enough balance. Or unbiased reporting. Overall, I worry that the quality of journalism will suffer if media do not find a sustainable…

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