Independent Outlets Have Outsized Impact

Submitted by JoEllen on Thu, 2017-11-09 11:26
Google, Facebook and Twitter were hauled in front of Congress last week to explain how Russian bots were able to spread fake news on their platforms. The concern—and a very real one--is that these bots and fake news sites had a significant impact on the 2016 election. Fighting fake news, however, is not the only or best way to ensure that our content ecosystem prioritizes real news. This week, a groundbreaking article in Science proves that a better way to secure a media system that works for democracy is to strengthen independent news outlets. Supported by a generous grant from Voqal, this...

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Media Consortium Sunsets in order to Form New Organization

Submitted by JoEllen on Tue, 2017-09-19 14:36
The Media Consortium Sunsets to Form New Organization Centering diverse communities, the new organization will transform independent news. After a dozen years, the Media Consortium will be sunsetting so that a new, stronger organization can rise in its place. The Media Consortium was founded in 2006 to create a collaborative network of self-sustaining independent progressive journalism outlets. That mission is accomplished. The independent news sector is among the healthiest in the news business. In its lifetime, the Media Consortium has increased its number of outlets by 400 percent. The...

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Protect Your Media: Press Freedom Under Threat

Submitted by JoEllen on Wed, 2017-06-14 15:41
The Media Consortium is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to help our members find pro-bono or low-cost legal defense and to provide our members with a limited number of opportunities for pre-publication legal review. The help is needed, as U.S.-based journalists have gotten a small, bitter taste of the threat to press freedom experienced by their colleagues elsewhere. That is not to say the dangers U.S. journalists face are comparable to those elsewhere: in Mexico, to take one example, 11 reporters were killed in 2016, not...

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How a Great Collaboration was Born

Submitted by JoEllen on Wed, 2017-06-14 14:54
On May 31, Earth Island Journal and Truthout simultaneously published the first essay in a series that reveals the dramatic impact mass incarceration is having on the health of prisoners and local ecosystems across the United States. (Read America's Toxic Prisons on Earth Island Journal Read America's Toxic Prisons on Truthout). How did this innovative investigative piece combining criminal justice and environmental justice reporting get started? The story began in 2015, when Earth Island published a report on a prison that had been built on a mountaintop removal site. Editor Maureen Nandini...

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