news media

67 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to New Jersey Governor

Tell Gov. Murphy to Strengthen New Jersey's Local Media

Local news and information is the lifeblood of my community. And in New Jersey, the decline in my community’s connectedness mirrors the decline in local news in our state. Good governments and robust economies are fueled by the information we used to find in newspapers that were delivered to our doorsteps, and that have now shrunk in size or disappeared all together. It’s as simple as knowing that the water main is being worked on so I know that I won’t be able to shower for a job interview; or that my neighbor down the street is fundraising to buy a wheelchair accessible van for their daughter; or that a new restaurant opened in town serving my favorite kind of food. It’s these little pieces of information that let residents turn a town into a community. And those are all real information needs that would have made my life and the lives of neighbors a whole lot easier. But New Jersey is a state full of go-getters. Hundreds of citizens have risen up to form community groups on Facebook, launch local news websites, and spend their free time in town council meetings taking notes to deliver to their friends and families. Journalists have teamed up with tech innovators and academics to launch experiments that have proven their worth by delivering news and information that puts real economic and social power in the hands of our state’s citizens. Now we ask Governor Phil Murphy to prove his commitment to “a stronger and fairer New Jersey” by spreading this innovation to every corner of the state so that every citizen can be that much closer to reaching their potential. Governor Murphy can do this by including the Civic Information Consortium, a fund to support local news and information projects, in his inaugural budget. The Civic Information Consortium would fund the advancement of new and existing local news and information projects driven by the needs of the citizens of New Jersey – not editors in distant newsrooms or the Philadelphia or New York media markets. With Governor Murphy’s support, we can renew civic participation, combat political corruption, and bring vital resources to low-income communities. In New Jersey, we know what we need. The Civic Information Consortium will give us a megaphone with which to amplify our voice.

Simon Galperin with Free Press Action Fund
147 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Facebook, Twitter, Inc, Twitter, Google, Inc, netizens

Spot and Speak Out: Address the Circulation of Fake News

With the expansion of the media and technology, people tend to circulate their lives mostly in social media. Social media is the epicentre of misleading information for anyone can create a blog, post youtube video or send out a tweet and well-known media outlets no longer have a lock on creating or distributing the news. It has become a major influence to the youth resulting into a fast spreading exchange of communication and information. People easily connect and believe on what they have read and watch regardless if the source was reliable or not. One example would be the news regarding the fake rice that was rumored to have entered the Philippine market, in which the issue spread like a wildfire. As a result, our campaign primarily focuses to address the circulation of fake news on the internet to prevent an individual to be victimized and harmed. People can lose reputation, jobs, money, health and safety from believing on fake news. This campaign is to engage everyone to end the prevalence of fake news being spread in different social media plat forms. We are encouraging people to speak out and address wherein they could prevent themselves from being a victim of these hoaxes. Fake news is happening today and we are determined to take action to stop it. Awareness is the key to open the eyes of people to see nothing but the fact and the truth only.  We believe that this is the solution for deception, we break your own news.

Spot and Speak Out
70 supporters