CLOSED: Media In Your Community


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  1. Highland Park, IL

    Broadcast media lacking. Print media mediocre

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Encinitas, California

    Our Local newspaper does a great job of providing coverage to important local issues.

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  5. 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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  6. 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.

    15 votes
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  7. Louisville, NE - Hyper Relevancy - Community Charters

    Village or City generated revocable charters of authenticity, allow for the acquisition/distribution of information by the Community itself. Use of the CRAMES model insures a sustainable system. Reference www.NCWP.org

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  8. 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.

    16 votes
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  9. 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.

    18 votes
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  10. 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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  11. 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…

    8 votes
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  13. Blaine County Montana

    The area is located between the Mirrouri to the south and the Canadian border to the north.

    We have one weekly within the county and two regional dailies that provide news service.

    Additionally, radio station overlap (5) for radio coverage locally is also coupled with regional radio service.

    The nearest TV stations are 150 miles away and a majority of rural service for Montana is satelitte dish TV.

    Major portions of Montana are still designated "frontier" or "wilderness" designations.

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  14. Fremont, CA - yahoogroups, blogs, fb, keep us together, COMCAST & AT&T control access.

    We have a newspaper which is error-prone, we have standard local cable access, and we have some good community free papers, but really what keeps the community going are a combination of local meet-ups, and PTA yahoogroups, with blogs and facebook repeating important information. We haven't yet gotten to the sophistication of Oakland Local, though the idea is bouncing around town.

    In short - we can get the news around, and are improving in a local-customized way (there are about 200 languages spoken in town), so long as cable and cell providers don't cause us all to disconnect during the…

    3 votes
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  15. 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…

    9 votes
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  16. Montpelier, VT: Small town with a healthy ecology of mainstream and independent media outlets,gaps

    Montpelier, the capitol of Vermont enjoys a local newspaper, The Time-Argus, as well as circulation of papers from nearby markets like Burlington, including The Burlington Free Press and "independent" circulars like Seven Days. The town also benefits from local community papers like the The Bridge. A few local affiliates of the major television networks, for example WCAX a CBS affiliate, have a presence in the market as well. All of these 'channels' - print and broadcast - maintain a conventional internet presence. On the internet, services like the Onion River Exchange provide local match-making for goods and services that serve…

    3 votes
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  17. Columbus, Ohio

    Columbus still has a strong, locally owned daily paper (The Dispatch), functioning as the main channel for local news and statehouse reporting. It also owns the major TV station. Other print publications are mostly puffery, catering to the college-age music-and-drinking crowd (or post-graduate, young-professional versions thereof). We have three (count 'em) NPR stations, mostly overlapping programming larded with a little local coverage; the rest of the radio dial is hopelessly canned. One excellent website I know (Columbus Underground), and several partisan blogsites. Some civic issues are getting publicized through Facebook, thanks primarily to a few civic-minded individuals: the medium is…

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  18. 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…

    24 votes
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