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.

This Serial Campus Rape Case is a Textbook Example of the Struggle Accusers Face in Court by Madison Pauly
January 19, 2018: Mother Jones

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

Is Campus Rape Activism Accessible?   by s.e. smith
February 28, 2018: Bitch Media

Purity Culture and Sexual Violence on Evangelical Chritian Campuses by Melissa Mayer
March 1, 2018: Bitch Media


New Economy Climate Reporting Project

Image: “Beijing Air Pollution…” by Kentaro IEMOTO. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr

Call for New Economy Climate Reporting Fellows

April 2018 - March 2019

Apply Now!

Goal of the Fellowship
The New Economy Coalition and the Media Consortium seek to lift up regional, local, and national climate solutions and connect those solutions to the need and possibility for systemic change. This fellowship will serve to educate reporters in cross-sector solutions-based climate reporting and to produce solutions-based stories on climate change that will empower individuals to believe that they can make a personal difference in fighting climate change. This project is generously supported by a grant from the Park Foundation.

Fellowship Description:
The New Economy Coalition and the Media Consortium, in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network, have come together to offer a New Economy Climate Reporting Fellowship to 10 fellows. 

All fellows will receive travel grants to attend Commonbound, the biennial conference of the New Economy Coalition in St. Louis, June 22 - 24. On June 22, fellows will meet each other and receive a full-day of training on how to report from a solutions-perspective from experts with the Solutions Journalism Network. Over the course of the year, fellows will attend monthly video briefings led by climate leaders, each focused on local communities applying practical but transformative solutions to various aspects of climate change. Fellows will also receive a $1,000 stipend.

Fellows participating in the fellowship will be expected to

  • attend Commonbound in St. Louis June 22-24 (travel will be covered by the fellowship)
  • attend 75% of the monthly video briefings
  • produce 3 - 6 stories over the course of the fellowship year featuring reporting on climate change with a solutions-lens.
    The number of stories and length will be determined in negotiation with the Media Consortium when the fellow is awarded a fellowship.

Who Should Apply?
We seek journalists from a variety of backgrounds for this fellowship:

1) Climate beat journalists who would like to learn more about grassroots, community-driven solutions to the climate crisis;

2) Journalists who cover a general news beat who would like to learn how to locate climate change stories within their regular coverage;

3) Journalists who cover regional as well as national news;

4) Both freelancers and staff reporters are invited to apply.

5) We welcome journalists at every level of experience.

How Do I Apply?
Please fill out this application form:

Please contact Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, Executive Director of The Media Consortium, with any questions.
Best method is email: joellen [at] themediaconsortium [dot] org


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.