'Big Media is Big Enough' this week on SCAN

This week, catch Reclaim the Media's "Big Media is Big Enough", a 26 minute co-production with SCAN Community Television. SCAN will air the program several times this week as Seattle prepares for an FCC Media Ownership hearing next Friday, November 9th at Town Hall. Read more for dates and times!

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Yes, the Film Festival rocked.

Seattle Rocks the Net: Matt Nathanson at the Crocodile, Oct. 30

On Oct. 30, independent rocker Matt Nathanson will stand up for Internet freedom and Net Neutrality as he takes the stage at Seattle's Crocodile Café (8:30pm, all ages). It's part of a national campaign to Rock The Net: bands and musicians joining forces to keep the Internet free and open!

The show is presented by Reclaim the Media, the Future of Music Coalition, and the ACLU of Washington.

On the afternoon of the show, Rep. Jay Inslee joined Matt Nathanson for a telephone press conference on Net Neutrality. Also on the call were Nabil Ayers (Sonic Boom Records), Michael Bracy (Future of Music Coalition) and Jonathan Lawson (Reclaim the Media). Listen to the press conference. (mp3)

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CounterIntel in Seattle's Central District

Another media is possible!

Reclaim the Media and many of our friends and allies were in Atlanta June 27-July 1 for the first United States Social Forum, an ambitious meeting of a "movement of movements," modeled upon the World Social Forums held for several years in Porto Alegre, Mumbai, Caracas, Bamako and Nairobi. Thousands of social justice activists are gathering at the forum, uniting many struggles for social, economic and environmental justice with a shared vision of a transformed America in a just and peaceful world. Along with our organizational partners in the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), RTM was there spreading the message that there's no justice without media justice.

Check out a list of media-related workshops at the forum. We've posted some USSF photos here.

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Seattle remains a two-newspaper town after JOA settlement

The Seattle Times and the Hearst Corporation have settled their dispute over the Joint Operating Agreement linking the Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The settlement ends fears that the Times would withdraw from the JOA and that Hearst would respond by closing the P-I, silencing an important set of media voices in Seattle and tossing 200 employees out into an uncertain job market.

Reclaim the Media has supported maintaining the JOA in order to preserve a diversity of voices in Seattle media. RTM was a founding member of the Committee for a Two-Newspaper Town, which organized public support for maintaining the JOA and intervened in the JOA court battle on behalf of the two papers' readership.

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Musicians and music fans organizing for better radio

In March, Reclaim the Media co-hosted two events focusing on how corporate control and irresponsible government policies have taken a toll on independent music and culture. The first event linked community radio supporters and independent music fans with media democracy activists in eastern Washington; the second was a forum for independent hip-hop artists and fans in Seattle to discuss the recent payola settlement between the FCC and the nation's largest radio corporations.

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Community meeting on the FCC Payola settlement, Mar. 26

Many musicians, music fans and media activists have followed with interest the story of the recent FCC Payola Settlement (for more info on settlement check out articles at or The settlement between the FCC and the largest commercial radio owners, was reached alongside a side agreement in which radio owners promised to dedicate SOME airtime for independent music on commercial stations.

This is certainly good news for small labels and their artists, virtually locked out of airplay on most music stations. But many questions remain: Will stations feature more LOCAL/REGIONAL music? Will grassroots artists get a fair shake? Will the settlement make stations more accountable to local commmunities? How will the settlement affect commercial stations in our area, like KUBE? And what about the noncommercial, community broadcasters in our area?

206 Zulu and Reclaim the Media are hosting a town hall gathering on Monday March 26th, 7-9pm, at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (17th and Yesler, Seattle) to consider these questions and to develop a community statement responding to the issue.

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Northwest Progressive Conference, April 19-21

Eastern Washington will be the place to be April 19-21, as Washington State University in Pullman hosts the Northwest Progressive Conference. The conference provides a weekend of panel presentations, screenings, performances and workshops, focused on a variety of social change topics, including media, militarism, the environment, immigration, women's issues and racial justice.

Keynote speakers include two of our favorite independent media activists: Ruckus Society director Adrienne Maree Brown and the Oakland-based political artist Favianna Rodriguez. Media-related panel topics include Environment and media, Hip hop activism, Culture jamming, Grassroots radio, and 'Beyond reporting the news.' Conference attendance is free. Read the complete conference schedule and other information here!

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Ladies first: the role of women in hip-hop

RTM's Julie Chang Schulman and Mako Fitts from Seattle Unversity will speak on hip-hop activism at the Pacific Sociological Association's annual conference in Oakland, March 29-April 1. Their panel is entitled Ladies First: The Role of Women in Hip-Hop. The entire lineup:

Stephanie D. Sears (USF): Lil Mamas Dance: The Negotiation of Girlhood in Hip Hop Culture
J. Ayo Alabi (UCI): Rethinking the Political: Objectification & Activism
Mako Fitts (Seattle University) & Julie Chang Schulman Reclaim the Media, 206 Zulu): 'Doin It For the Love': Urban Arts & Activism in Seattle's Hip-Hope Communities

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