Posts Tagged ‘Media’

Rep. Keith Ellison on Al-Jazeera

The featured video of the day on MN Stories is an interview with Rep. Keith Ellison on Al-Jazeera English, which for some unknown reason will not embed itself into this entry.

Twin Cities Ethnic and Community Media Awards

Sixteen local journalists, representing nine local ethnic and community media organizations, were honored with certificates, trophies and $1500 in cash prizes at the first annual Minnesota Ethnic and Community Media Awards, held Friday, December 5 in Minneapolis.

To read more about the competition and winners, check out Mary Turck’s article in the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

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KK, Others Get the Boot at Strib

Everyone’s favorite, Katherine Kersten, will soon no longer be the token right-wing voice at the Strib, reports David Brauer:

According to a buyout memo released this afternoon and newsroom sources, Nick Coleman and Katherine Kersten will lose their columns, though they may be able to remain at the paper as reporters. […]

The paper’s other metro columnists — Lileks? CJ? — may not be breathing easy, either. Management’s buyout memo asked for “up to three” metro columnists and “up to one” editorial cartoonist, which seems a classification limited to Steve Sack.

The buyout roster also includes up to two reporters and/or editorial writers and up to three photographers and/or videographers.

Keeping Up on the Senate Recount

Are you into the election equivalent of watching paint dry? The Senate recount is finally upon us and while everyone will be covering it, your best bet for the quickest non-stop coverage will be the local independent media that are all over it.

The UpTake will have live video and live-blogging of the recounting process on their front page, and you can follow along on Twitter by watching the hashtag “#mnrecount” or individual accounts: @theuptake, @chuckumentary. Of course, you can always show up in person to watch the recount, which is open to the media and the public. (If you really like The UpTake, you can hang out at their Fall Fundraiser on Friday! Disclosure: I ran around with them during the RNC.)

Media Mayhem or Media Migration?

As reported by Paul Schmelzer ,

The staff churn at City Pages continues as two more recent hires confirm that they’re leaving. Web editor Jeff Shaw and staff writer Jonathan Kaminsky are departing before the end of this month, following staff writer Jeff Severns Guntzel, who left just last month. Shaw worked at the paper for 11 months, while Kaminsky’s stint lasted around 18.

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It appears Jeff Shaw is landing his dream job and the rumor is he’s recently bought a solar house in his new town while it’s unknown why Jonathan Kaminsky is leaving. I have been a fan of both their work, but I think Jeff Shaw has been instrumental in helping the City Pages website work back to it’s former presence.

I know many people have been displeased with City Pages lately and I wonder what,if any, impact this will have on the publication.

Catch you on the flip-side fellas, you’ll be missed.

got big media?

Ever wondered who owns all the TV, newspapers, radio and major news Web sites you enjoy each day?

In December 2007, the FCC “gutted the rules that protect local communities from media monopolies,” and I just got this e-mail from the Free Press Action Fund urging Minnesotans to take action:

As early as tonight, the Senate will have its last chance to roll back media consolidation, and Sen. Norm Coleman and Sen. Amy Klobuchar could cast the deciding vote. All of our work to stop runaway media conglomerates could come down to your senators!

Their vote would overturn a disastrous FCC giveaway of local news outlets to Big Media. If the giveaway stands, it would open the floodgates to the type of consolidation that has allowed tycoons like Rupert Murdoch to stifle diverse voices and skew America’s political agenda…Call Sen. Coleman and Sen. Klobuchar Now.

Tell them to vote for the bipartisan “resolution of disapproval” (S.J. Res. 28), which rejects the FCC ruling. If the resolution passes, our fight will move on to the House. If it doesn’t, then Big Media gets to move into your neighborhood, gobbling up more local outlets.

I found some talking points here:

These new rules are bad for local news. Research by Free Press — a non-partisan, non-profit organization — has shown that allowing one company to own a major newspaper and TV broadcast station in a community leads to less local news overall. Additionally, we know that more consolidation leads to cuts in newsroom staff and erodes quality journalism. Read more.

These new rules are bad for people of color. Right now people of color own only 3% of broadcast media in America. The way these new rules are written, it will put these minority media owners in the cross-hairs of consolidation. They will become targets for buyouts, further diminishing the diversity of voices on the airwaves. Read more.

These new rules are bad for business. As one company amasses more media properties in a given community, it effectively gets monopoly status. By setting up advertising deals across media outlets, it becomes impossible for other small media firms to compete.

The FCC’s process has been corrupt. The FCC Chairman has consistently bucked standard procedure, ignored members of Congress and the public, and snuck through new media ownership waivers that undermine his new rule. The House is currently investigating the FCC on the grounds of bad process.

And if these kinds of topics interest you like they do me, be sure to check out the National Conference on Media Reform coming to Minneapolis this June. More info about the campaign here.


UPDATE: Senate passed the bill around 8 tonight. Bush has said he will veto if House passes, as well. I guess we’ll see.

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