#WhoCounts?

The Media Consortium, a network of progressive independent media organizations, announces the launch of Who Counts? – a project that centers the voices of marginalized immigrant communities who seek the same rights as all other U.S. citizens. The project will focus on these fundamental questions: Who counts as an American? Whose vote counts? And just as important, Who is doing the counting? While the dominant media narrative has amplified the voices that inflame nativism and racism during this charged election season, independent media is harnessing the transformative power of journalism to...

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TMC Impact Awards 2016

2016 Impact Awards Recipients "This year, what stood out for us was the sheer number of edgy, sustained, and deeply relevant pieces of investigative journalism included in the award submissions. To be perfectly honest, we were a little bit on edge ourselves in settling on our final choices, and so we offer these awards with appreciation not only for the quality of those who did make the cut, but also with more than a nod to the accomplishments of everyone who put their work forward." -- Zakia Henderson Brown, The New Press Texas Observer : Death on Sevenmile Road , by Melissa del Bosque "...

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The Demise of the Dailies--and the Rise of Independents

Margaret Sullivan at the NYTimes wrote that the demise of the regional dailies has led to a dearth of investigative reporting in the United States. The problem with her analysis is that she only got the story partially right. Independent news media throughout the United States are doing an amazing job of investigative reporting. Especially at the local level, there are rich resources going to investigative reporting. In fact, there is an entire organization, INN, that is dedicated to investigative work. The independents in the Media Consortium, the alt-weeklies--like the much-mourned Boston...

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Letter to the Future

From the dystopian to the optimistic, from college students to Pulitzer Prize winners, LETTERS TO THE FUTURE went live at 12:01 am, Thursday, November 19, 2015. A national effort to encourage people from all walks of life to write six generations into the future about climate change, LETTERS TO THE FUTURE has so far exceeded the expectations of the project’s organizers and generated original reflections on what has been called the greatest challenge facing the planet. The campaign (with hundreds of letters from the public continuing to be posted at letterstothefuture.org ) puts a spotlight on...

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