Grassroots Media

Adelstein raps consolidation at IPA conference

by Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle

The Independent Press Association Conference, as most conferences do, handed out name tags. And because those attending the Argonaut Hotel conference over the weekend came from various magazines, their tags

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Connecting for Change: Oct 28-30, Seattle

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The Northwest Regional chapter of the Alliance for Community Media holds its annual conference in Seattle this month. The theme is Connecting for Change; one programming track focuses on helping connect nonprofit media makers and administrators with the arts organizations, community technology centers and activist groups in their communities. Conference events also include tours of local government, educational and public access cable facilities and a brainstorming session on new community media initiatives.

[ Schedule and Registration info: web/pdf ]
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Indymedia servers seized by FBI following international investigation

by Jonathan Lawson

Independent Media Center activists today reported that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents confiscated hard drives housing a number of Indymedia websites from the Dallas and London offices of internet service provider Rackspace. The seizure, evidently occasioned by a court order,

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Jeremy Lansman: tweaking the culture

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Renegade broadcaster Jeremy Lansman leaves his mark across America

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Taking Action for Educational Radio

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After 25 years on the air, Mercer Island High School's KMIH (X-104.5) may soon be facing extinction - but the student-run hip hop/R&B station has unexpectedly gained a powerful ally as Senator Maria Cantwell increases her interest in media issues. KMIH's class-D "educational" broadcasting license offers it no protection if a class A station wants to muscle in on its frequency channel. Two years ago, Oregon-based KMCQ announced its intention to move closer to Seattle, wiping out the smaller station. On May 28,
the FCC rubber-stamped that plan
, seemingly sealing KMIH's fate. But on the same day as the FCC's annnouncement (an apparent coincidence), Senator Cantwell visited Mercer Island High to tour the station's studios, and to speak about the value of community radio and media diversity.
Cantwell is introducing legislation
which would protect KMIH from this encroachment, along with a handful of other similarly-situated educational stations around the country. Regional media democracy advocates applaud Cantwell's move and hope that the Senator will throw her support behind more broadly important legislative moves to protect media diversity, including legislation to expand Low-Power FM Radio.

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Principle, not Profit: Seattle's History of Alternative Media

by Jonathan Lawson

In the first decades of the last century, Seattle wasn't a two-newspaper town, as it is barely managing to remain today. Its four or five major newspapers included one of the country's most prominent examples of a now-extinct species: the labor-owned newspaper.

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Media Island Launches New Site

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Olympia's Media Island has relaunched its website, with a spiffy new format incorporating open publishing and syndicated features from the Seattle, Portland and Global Indymedia sites, as well as local/regional progressive news and activist resources. The site relaunch is part of a project to join forces with OlyNetwork, a South Puget Sound activist calendar and directory. Founded in 1984, Media Island is the forerunner and sponsor of many community media projects; in 1999 the group played a foundational role in setting up the first Independent Media Center office and website in Seattle. The group's Olympia premises, open to the public, house a library, computer training facilities and meeting space.

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Media Reform: It's a Labor Issue

[text of handout distributed at the International Labor Communications Association conference, Orlando]

Media Reform: It's a Labor Issue

�* WHY do so few Americans bother to vote, or to participate in civic political life?
�* WHY do many Americans believe the Bush Administration's terrible lies

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Thin Air Community Radio Barnraising: Spokane Oct 24-26

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Help make history! Prometheus Radio Project and Thin Air Community Radio invite you to Spokane for a Community Radio Barnraising, Oct. 24-26. Volunteers from across the region will come together for a weekend of trainings, workshops and antenna construction, at the end of which Eastern Washington's first LPFM station will begin broadcasting.


Thin Air Community Radio
will feature distinctive programming by a host of community volunteers, featuring local and regional music and diverse public affairs programs.

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[ Thin Air Community Radio ]
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Barnraising in Spokane: Fertile Season for Community Media

Media Politics: Autumn is Fertile for Community Media
by Jonathan Lawson

Just a year ago, in the days following Seattle's Reclaim the Media conference, low-power FM activist Pete Tridish of the Philadelphia-based Prometheus Radio Project embarked on a short mini-tour of regional LPFM applicants.

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