The Media Consortium partners with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Free Press, Color of Change, and other advocates to support freedom of the press. We serve an important role ensuring that the voices of independent and community journalists and news outlets are heard and protected. We provide this support in the following ways:

  • Amici Briefs. The Media Consortium signs on to 20-30 amici briefs per year, mainly focused on FOIA, surveillance of reporters, and other issues that potentially could impact freedom of the press and directly impact journalists working in independent and community news. For example, we signed onto RCFP's amicus brief in Fields v. City of Philadelphia. The unanimous panel held that there is a First Amendment right to record police in public.
  • Petitions. The Media Consortium signs on to petitions focused on press freedom. We strongly support Title II Net Neutrality, and are participating in the July 12, 2017 Internet Freedom Day.
  • Media Policy Reporting Project. Our media policy reporting project serves not only to train reporters, but to educate our sector on media policy issues and to educate media policy advocates on the needs and issues of the independent and community news sector. In 2017, we held a well-attended session at IRE on police surveillance, at which over 100 reporters learned the different tools and techniques police use to surveil the public, and the lack of regulations around such surveillance.