About RTM

Reclaim the Media: P.O. Box 22754, Seattle, WA 98122-0754
206.709.0558 info (at) reclaimthemedia.org

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• What We Do

Based in Seattle since 2002, Reclaim the Media conducts grassroots organizing for social change through media justice. We are dedicated to pursuing a more just society by transforming our media system and expanding the communications rights of ordinary people through grassroots organizing, education, networking and advocacy. We envision an authentic, just democracy characterized by media systems that inform and empower citizens, reflect our diverse cultures, and secure communications rights for everyone. We advocate for a free and diverse press, community access to communications tools and technology, and media policy that serves the public interest. Three broad themes guide our projects:

• We work to change media policy at the local and federal level, so that the structure of our media favors the public interest, rather than a powerful elite.

• We teach media literacy education because we all need to understand how news can be shaped by journalistic habits and by powerful commercial and political interests.

• We support community media because we cannot entrust our history, our cultures and our democracy to the consolidated media empires alone.

• Get Involved

Reclaim the Media hosts occasional community meetings in Seattle; these are a good place to find out about current and upcoming campaigns and opportunities to get involved in media activism in the Northwest. For details on current projects and meeting announcements, contact us at info (at) reclaimthemedia.org.

• Recognition

In March 2005, Reclaim the Media received a Golden Soapbox award from Clamor Magazine in the category "best media activist group." In July 2005, RTM was awarded the George Stoney Award for Humanistic Communications by the Alliance for Community Media. In Deccember 2007, the Seattle Times named executive director Jonathan Lawson and RTM among the "best of Puget Sound."

• Our Community

Reclaim the Media works closely with other local, regional and national media democracy organizations. We are a cofounder and steering committee member of the national Media and Democracy Coalition.

RTM is cofounder and a leadership team member of the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAGNet), along with Appalshop (Whitesburg, KY), the Center for Media Justice (Oakland), the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center (San Antonio), the Main Street Project (Minneapolis), the Manhattan Neighborhood Network and the Texas Media Empowerment Project.

We also enjoy regular collaborations with the Prometheus Radio Project (Philadelphia), the Future of Music Coalition (Washington, D.C.), Women in Media and News, the Center for International Media Action and KBCS Community Radio.

RTM is a member organization of AMARC, Washington State Jobs With Justice, and the International Labor Communications Association.

Reclaim the Media is fiscally sponsored by the Center for Social Justice. <!--We have recieved fiscal support from the Media Justice Fund, the Media and Democracy Coalition, the Media Democracy Fund, the Quixote Foundation, the Glaser Progress Fund, the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, the Threshold Foundation and from individual donors and peer organizations.-->

Website edited by Jonathan Lawson. Built and hosted by DigitalAid. Other great folks who have helped us out techwise: Eggplant Active Media and Riseup.

RTM logo designed by Sue Ann Harkey.

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey