Announcing DisHonorRoll

In this #MeToo moment it's critical that journalists 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, the public needs 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...

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Independent Outlets Have Outsized Impact

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

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

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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