CLOSED: Media In Your Community


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Tell us about your community and its media. Do you have a newspaper? Local TV news stations? Great websites? Anything else? What works well? What works poorly? How have things changed over time? What information do you wish you could get but can’t?

Please list the City and State you’re telling us about as the title of your idea.

  1. jamaica portmore

    big sound box

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  5. Louisville, KY

    The local media in Louisville, KY does not make the grade, so to speak. News outlets focus too much on sports and the latest crime in the Metro area. Weather reports have dwindled to a ratings contest. (I have to rely on the Weather Channel for the most reliable local forecast!) There is little focus on what is happening in Frankfort and even less on what the Metro Council is up to. For this reason, I have given up on local media. Is there anything the FCC can do to restore my faith?

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  8. memphis, tn.

    The local news here focuses too much on the bad things in the community rather than the good. And their reporting of these instances, such as crime, is so sensationalized to the point that people are scared to go outside, when statistically, if the crimes are compared to the size of the population, it's not at all as bad as they make it seem. And when there's bad weather near here, they have that super-imposed screen that runs the same information for hours sometimes. If there's a program on that you want to view, and it's in HD, their displays…

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  9. Hazelwood, MO

    Hazelwood has only one FM radio station licensed, and it was moved in from Jerseyville, IL. Radio One owns the station, and does not provide any programming that serves Hazelwood and surrounding communities, such as Florissant, Bridgeton, Ferguson, Berkeley and even St. Charles, just eight miles away. We have a twice-weekly newspaper, one of the Suburban Journals; unfortunately, it's owned by Lee Enterprises, which also owns the daily St. Louis Post-Dispatch. They also don't provide much of the needed information for Hazelwood and surrounding communities. Hazelwood is the second largest community in the northern part of St. Louis County (only…

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  10. las vegas, nevada

    Our news agencies in the Las Vegas/Henderson areas are bland and censored (especially the Review Journal newspaper. If they don't like your post, it is deleted or moved many pages back. George Knapp is the best investigative reporter... too bad he is kept away from the "real" news stories. I wouldn't give a burnt match for the rest of the "over-opinionated", so-called investigative reporters.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  15. Chicago

    We have too many corporate controlled radio music stations in Chicago and we have Progressive Talk Radio and WBEZ, that are somewhat responsive to the very progressive population living in Chicago but no real access to local community groups. We have a few LPFM stations scattered across the city that are a little more open to local grass roots organizations and a Can TV station but otherwise there is not much access to the media for grassroots community organizations. I would love a publicly controlled High Powered FM radio station in this town that had the access that the Can…

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  16. West Des Moines, IA

    Our community is served by a duopoly consisting of Mediacom and Qwest. Both are very expensive, and both have terrible customer service.

    Mediacom invests in the richer area of town, while the older parts of Des Moines are left to suffer slow speeds, and outages.

    We need price regulation, investments, and more choices!!!

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  17. Tuscumbia, AL

    The Muscle Shoals area is and has been dominated by Comcast Cable for as long as I can remember. Costs are astronomical and only expected to climb, especially as municipal authorities seem to be in Big Communication's hip pocket.(Free cable goes a long way with these guys).

    This area needs additional cable and high-speed competition to break up the monopoly and control consumer costs.

    Thank you.

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  18. Birmingham, AL needs a LOCAL ABC Affilliate

    With advent of HDTV we have lost access to an ABC affilliate unless we are willing to subscribe to cable or satellite. How about licensing an ABC affilliate for the metro Birmingham area?

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  19. Escondido, California

    We get decent coverage from the North County Times but could use more. There are many small magazines.

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  20. Minneapolis MN

    Pioneer Press

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