Grassroots Media

Anchorage's first DTV station shows entrepreneurial spirit

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Community radio pioneer Jeremy Lansman sees digital TV as just another DIY project.

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Full Sail for License-free Broadcasting

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Shiver me timbers! August has been an eventful month for pirate broadcasting from
coast to coast. After being paid a threatening visit by the FCC last month, San Francisco Liberation Radio decided to argue for their right to broadcast rather than simply go off the air. This month, the station got an unprecedented vote of confidence in the form of a resolution of
support
passed by the San Francisco city government. While it carries no legal clout, the resolution stands as a powerful confirmation of the civic importance of community-based radio - with or without a license.

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Community Media and Social Change: Media Activism at the ACM

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On July 9-12, the Alliance for Community Media will hold its annual conference in Tacoma. It's a great opportunity for Northwest community video producers to meet colleagues from across the country, and to attend seminars and workshops on production techniques, media literacy, funding challenges and public policy related to community media.

This year's conference features a special Community Media and Social Change track, in which grassroots producers, media activists and educators can consider their role in the media democracy movement and other social justice struggles. Topics include youth media production, media ownership reform and cable franchise negotiation challenges. Presenters represent a broad range of media and activist groups: Colors Northwest, Hate Free Zone, the Independent Media Center, KBCS, Media Tank, Reclaim the Media and Third World Majority, among others.

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Seattle FCC Hearing 2003: Listen Now!

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[Note: recordings of Seattle's Nov. 2006 FCC Hearing can be found here.]

March 7, 2003's Seattle FCC Hearing on media ownership and the companion event Shaping the Media Landscape of Seattle attracted a participating audience of around 350. Over 800 turned out that evening for The Future of Media: Action for Media Democracy. The overwhelmingly anti-consolidation character of public comments is making a strong impression on FCC decisionmakers, and may turn the tide of this debate as hearings continue. Listen now to streaming recordings from these Media Democracy events on Seattle.

From the FCC Hearings on Media Ownership:
* General Introduction from Commissioners Copps and Adelstein (download)
* Panel 1: Effects of Consolidation on News (download)
* Panel 2: Effects of Consolidation on Music and Radio (download)
* Panel 3: Effects of Consolidation on Localism (download)
* Public Comments (download)

From Shaping the Media Landscape in Seattle:
* Networks in the Information Age panel

From The Future of Media: Action for Media Democracy:
* Congressman Jim McDermott's comments

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Media Democracy Week is March 16-22

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Over a million people nationwide are involved in creating community television. The Alliance for Community Media, representing over 1,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access organizations and community media centers throughout the country, will be holding its national conference in Tacoma, Washington, July 9-12. Conference participants are expected from at least seven countries. In preparation for this event, community media advocates in Seattle have asked the city government to proclaim March 16-22 Media Democracy Week. Expect special coverage on SCAN (Seattle Community Access Network) and other special events to be announced.

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Reclaiming the Airwaves

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Seattle microradio activists have launched a participatory, distributed broadcasting project: the Community Access Microradio Production Facility for Independent Radical Expression (CAMPFIRE). Programming is webcast from a studio being built within the Seattle IMC, and broadcast on unused second-adjacent frequencies from a number of micropower FM stations in several neighborhoods.

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Reclaim the Media: a Community Media Convergence- Sept 10-15

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Join us in Seattle this September as we confront the National Association of Broadcasters and their ongoing quest for greater consolidation of corporations' power over the public airwaves, and as we continue to build a powerful media democracy movement. Keynote speaker Amy Goodman (host of Democracy Now!) will speak on Indepedent Media in a Time of War.

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