Grassroots Media

Bloggers blocked after Mumbai blasts

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India's fast-growing community of 'bloggers' and Internet users was in for a rude shock when it found favourite sites blocked out in the wake of the serial blasts in crowded trains that killed 200 commuters in the western port city of Mumbai, last week.

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The other journalism: documentary screens in Oaxaca

Youth Initiate a Festival of Indigenous Cinema with a Screening of ���the Windmills Of Capitalism���

by Bertha Rodr??guez Santos, Narco News

SAN JUAN GUICHICOVI, OAXACA, M?�XICO: For the first time since Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos of the EZLN, visited the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region in early February,

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The End of Empire: David Barsamian and David Korten, Saturday, April 29

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Mark your calendars! Reclaim the Media presents a public conversation on imperial power and the prospects for democracy in a globalized and interconnected world; featuring two of today’s most articulate critics of American empire: David Barsamian (Alternative Radio) and David Korten (When Corporations Rule The World). Both have new books out, and the event will be the world premiere of Korten's new work, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community. The conversation takes place at the University Unitarian Church (Wedgewood) at 7pm; proceeds benefit Reclaim the Media and NW Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community.

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Protect and expand low power community radio!

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Across the US, noncommercial low power FM stations provide communities with uniquely local voices and programming. Yet while no LPFM station is more than a few years old, they all remain members of an endangered species--their expansion hobbled by Congress and their existence threatened by overly restrictive rules set by the FCC. For example, a LPFM station lacks "primary status," meaning that a commercial station using the same frequency can boost power and boot the LPFM off the air, even if the LPFM was there first. As it happens, Spokane's KYRS/Thin Air Community Radio appears to be facing exactly that threat, as a commercial station from Idaho prepares to beam more country music into Spokane.
Luckily, the FCC has just opened a window for public comments on how to improve LPFM broadcasting. Let them know that community radio deserves equal status with Clear Channel! You can take two steps today to protect community radio: first, use this form to contact the FCC; ask them to protect stations like KYRS by granting LPFM stations primary status. (The Prometheus Radio Project has a few other suggestions as well.) Then contact your Senators and ask them to support the McCain/Cantwell Local Community Radio Act, to expand low-power radio nationwide.

[ Contact the FCC about its current LPFM Rulemaking ]

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Media: by the people

by Susan Gleason and Jonathan Lawson, A Matter of Spirit

In a time when newspaper circulation is dropping nationwide and commercial radio stations are bracing against perceived competition from new technologies such as satellite radio and podcasting, many news consumers are choosing nontraditional

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We can do it! Grassroots Media and Community Radio in the Northwest

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Bellingham is the place to be for Media activism on the weekend of May 21 and 22. On Sat. May 21, the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center hosts the Bellingham Grassroots and Independent Media Conference; speakers include SmartMeme's Patrick Reinsborough and Bert Sacks. Then on Sunday the 22nd, Reclaim the Media and KBCS host the first Northwest Community Radio Roundtable. We're working together to build a regional network linking together the Northwest's many community stations. Join the conversation and let's get started!

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KBOO: out of the mainstream

Give a listen to KBOO, a Portland noncommercial radio station, for 24 hours and you'll hear the kinds of programs the corporate giants can't or won't touch

by Su-Jin Yim, Portland Oregonian

You can perhaps forgive a place originally named after a type of marijuana for being a bit scattered

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DeeDee Halleck: redefining the global village

by Jonathan Lawson

[note: a version of this piece appears in the Spring 2005 media issue of YES! Magazine.]

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