Press programs center on increasing public participation in three policy
arenas: (a) quality journalism and diverse, local media ownership (b) strong
public (noncommercial) media, and (c) universal, affordable access to high
speed internet. Our strategies include:
- Web Presence: The Free Press Web site (www.freepress.net) and our
collaborative campaign sites (www.SavetheInternet.com,
offer up-to-the-minute media
reform-related headlines. Viewers can access the latest research
reports, national event listings, must-see videos — and with a few clicks, they
can take action and get involved.
- Creative Video
“Mini-Documentaries”: We have produced hundreds of videos
distributed through popular sites such as YouTube and Facebook that
have been viewed over 3 million times.
Capacity:We produce our own weekly radio show, Media Minutes through on in-house professional-quality
- Legal: Our in-house counsel works to enforce policy that protects the public interest, arguing cases in federal court and the FCC.
- Research: Our academic-quality research provides the basis for
our policy positions, counteracts misinformation generated by the media
industry and helps organizations that need
quantifiable data to support their own reform efforts.
- National and Regional Media Conferences, Summits and
Forums: Since its inception, Free
Press has served as the primary convener for the media reform movement. The fifth National Conference for Media Reform will be held April 8-10, 2011 in Boston, MA and is anticipated to bring together more than 2,500 media activists.
We also host an annual national policy summit in Washington, D.C. as well as smaller regional forums across the nation.
- Coalition Building: Free Press
collaborates with hundreds of nonprofit and public interest organizations and
businesses with whom we submit joint legal filings, co-author research studies,
and co-sponsor events.
Materials: Our comprehensive
library of action manuals and facts sheets are available in print and can be
downloaded from our Web site.
- Field Organizing: Free Press has turned out thousand of activists to testify at dozens
of FCC public hearings across the country.