In this #MeToo moment we should not overlook campus sexual assault. Studies show that 23.1% of female undergraduates and 5.4% of male undergraduates experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.

To solve the problem of sexual violence on campus, we need consistent, powerful storytelling that puts a human face on campus sexual violence. We need to make the statistics gripping by using the best data graphics available. And mostly we need to repeat the story, over and over.

To that end, the Media Consortium, partnering with Bitch Media, is launching #DishonorRoll. Twice a month, we will publish stories on different aspects of campus sexual assault. Check back here for a link to stories as they come out.

Everything Scold is New Again, by Andi Zeisler
February 1, 2018: Bitch Media


Media Policy Reporting Project

(c) 2016 Center for Media Justice


Educating the public--and news outlets themselves--about media policy has become even more important under the Trump administration. Threats to net neutrality, proposed cuts to lifeline and e-rate servies, a lessening of regulations around prison phone rates, and a willingness to allow big media mergers all have the potential to leave Americans with less access to information, families, and the open internet. Decreased regulations around privacy, and increased means of surveillance, combine to leave our personal information less protected--and threaten our first amendment rights to free speech, and even to a free press.

To educate the public, the Media Consortium continues to conduct trainings for reporters on media policy issues, thanks to a generous grant from the Media Democracy Fund. We provide these trainings at our conference and at the IRE conference each year.

At TMC2017 we educated and trained reporters on

  • the threats to press freedom from surveillance
  • the threat to net neutrality
  • and we held a half-day workshop for reporters on protecting stories and sources from surveillance.

At IRE17 we organized a panel discussion on police surveillance that was attended by over 100 reporters.


New Economies Reporting Project

A member of the New Economy Coalition

The biggest news story right now is one that is not being reported: the emergence of a New Economy that “meets human needs, enhances the quality of life and allows us to live in balance with nature” (Vision Statement: New Economy Coalition). Building on the social venture movement, the environmental movement, and the many movements for racial and economic justice, the New Economy movement envisions a just transition to a better and stronger social, cultural and economic system.

The Media Consortium is supporting reporters in telling that story through the New Economies Reporting Project. This project is a collaboration with the New Economy Coalition and The Laura Flanders Show and is supported in part by the Park Foundation. 

Our New Economies Reporters for Summer/Fall 2017 are:

Deonna Anderson, Next City
Sarah Aziza, Waging Nonviolence
Emma Eisenberg, freelancer
Ayşe Gürsöz, Indigenous Rising Media
Ajowa Nzinga Ifateyo, In These Times
R. J. Lozado, Making Contact
Suzanne Pajot Porter, Public News Service
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet
Cirien Saadeh, The Uptake
Mary Turck, The Uptake
Lewis Wallace, Scalawag

All reporters are welcome to join our monthly webinars. Here is our current schedule:

June 7, 2017: An Introduction to the New Economy (recording available--inquire here)

July 27, 2017: Financing the New Economy (for information, ask here)