Media Justice

b. 8 Aug 2002, New Market, TN

Organizing framework for just media representation and rights

As citizen activism for democratic media reform gathered steam in the early 2000s, a number of grassroots organizations began discussing the need to link media policy advocacy to long-term goals of social and economic justice, communications rights, and effective movement-building among communities often marginalized from spheres of power. The term ‘media justice,’ first discussed at a Highlander Center gathering in summer 2002, soon became an organizing focus for regional grassroots media activist groups sharing similar values and working for justice through media policy change, fair media representation, and the use of grassroots media production as a tool for civic empowerment. A number of these organizations now coordinate efforts under the banner of the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), linking media justice groups in Oakland, Seattle, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, rural Kentucky and Albuquerque.

See also:
Media Justice

MAG-Net member organizations:
MAG-Net home page
Appalshop
Center for Media Justice
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
Main Street Project
Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Media Mobilizing Project
New Mexico Media Literacy Project
Reclaim the Media
Texas Media Empowerment Project


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