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Protester Arrested for Using Twitter During G-20

In activism, indy media, information access, social movements on October 7, 2009 at 8:48 am

News to know: Twitter user arrested for using the social broadcast tool during G20 in Pittsburgh, PA. Democracy Now reported this morning in “Twitter Crackdown.” Elliot Madison, New York-based social worker was arrested and later had his home raided for using Twitter to spread information about police actions during the recent G-20 protests in Pittsburgh.


New Journal Looks at Media Reform v. Media Justice

In information policy, media justice, social movements, telecommunications reform on January 5, 2009 at 5:54 am

The International Journal of Communication has a new issue critically engaging with the media reform movement (Vol. 3, 2009). It is edited by Dan Berger and C. Riley Snorton, both radical scholars at University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.

As a new movement (just over 10 years in the making), media reformers have adopted a centrist lobbying strategy to influence national media and telecommunications rulemaking. While national, this focus on media regulation and D.C. politics makes for a narrow coalition. Berger and Snorton along with Makani Themba-Nixon are just a few of those discussing alternative strategies, notably the work of grassroots media justice organizers who are rooted in social movements led by marginalized communities. As Themba-Nixon writes, “for many activists working for racial and gender justice, addressing the way media content defames and denigrates their constituencies is a central part of their media change agenda” — one that the media reform movement has deliberately sidestepped in favor of bipartisanship.

For radical librarians, issues of national and local information policy along with conversations about equity of access that directly address structural injustice overlap a great deal with the vision and principles of media justice. This journal edition presents a critical history of media reform by Berger and Snorton with responses from four scholars including Themba-Nixon, Robert McChesney, Richard Collins and Peter Dahlgren.

Read: Rise of Watchdog Journalism Online

In free press, indy media, information access, intellectual freedom on November 19, 2008 at 2:59 pm

propublica2Check out this article on the role of nonprofit media in keeping investigative journalism alive. Particularly interesting are ProPublica and the New Haven Independent. Sadly, “citizen journalism” of the type we see on IndyMedia (even Alternet) is mistakenly dismissed. Still, there’s food for thought here. As librarians, non-corporate outlets provide critical information alternatives along with collection challenges since many subscription news aggregators and archives don’t include such content in news feeds. It’s worth considering how we make such sites accessible to the public through pathfinders and custom RSS.

Websites that dig for news rise as watchdogs

New York Times,

November 17, 2008

[excerpt] As America’s newspapers shrink and shed staff, and broadcast news outlets sink in the ratings, a new kind of Web-based news operation has arisen in several cities, forcing the papers to follow the stories they uncover. …. But some experts question whether a large part of the news business can survive on what is essentially charity, and whether it is wise to lean too heavily on the whims of a few moneyed benefactors.