Help Celebrate ACME’s 5th Birthday!

October 1, 2007

From the Action Coalition for Media Education:

“Greetings media literacy education friends and colleagues, and happy FIFTH BIRTHDAY from all of us here at ACME!

In honor of ACME’s fifth birthday party, we invite you to consider joining or renewing your membership to the Action Coalition for Media Education. If you are already a member, you already know about ACME’s TEN BENEFITS of membership.

But, if you are new to us, you may not know that five years ago this fall, more than three hundred scholars, media educators, journalists, public health advocates, and interested citizens gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico to create something unique. The world’s first independently-funded and volunteer-run media literacy education coalition: ACME.

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Media Literacy Series at CCTV

November 29, 2006

From the Cambridge Community Television November 29, 2006 E-Newsletter:

CCTV and SCAT Team Up to Produce Media Literacy Series

“CCTV and our colleagues at SCAT (Somerville Access) have teamed up to produce a new media literacy TV series called ‘Critical Focus.’ Details about the series can be found at the show’s weblog here.

The program will be shot live each month, before a studio audience at either CCTV or SCAT, and cablecast to both cities simultaneously through a newly activated interconnect. And we have limited seating in the studio for those who wish to participate, through their comments and questions, in the conversations among the featured panelists. The first episode is about Media and War, and will be shot live in the SCAT Studio at 90 Union Square in Somerville on Thursday, December 14th, from 8-9 p.m. CCTV has a total of 10 tickets to give out to CCTV members or friends who wish to be part of the studio audience. So if this is a topic in which you have specific interest or questions, please contact John Donovan directly at (617) 661-6900 x123 or

Tickets for the other episodes will be announced about a month in advance of each episode. The first episode shot in CCTV’s studio will be on Thursday, January 11th, from 8-9 p.m.; and the topic will be ‘Growing Up with Media: How youth and media influence each other.’ Subsequent episode themes include: ‘Race and Religion in the Media’, ‘Gender and Sexuality’, ‘How Media Ownership Affects Content’, and ‘Changing the Media.’ If you know of people who should be invited to participate in any of these episodes, please add your comments to the show weblog or contact John Donovan directly.”

“Does Bigger Media Equal Better Media?”

October 23, 2006

(via Free Press)

“October 23, 2006
Rik Panganiban, SSRC, 212 377-2700, ext. 644 or
Gloria Tristani. 202 454-5655 or

***Press conference TODAY, 1 p.m. EDT***

Does Bigger Media Equal Better Media?
Four New Studies Cast a Critical Eye on Media Consolidation

Today at 1 p.m. EDT, the Benton Foundation and the Social Science Research Council will host a telephone press conference to announce the release of four independent academic studies on the impact of media consolidation in the United States.

WHAT: Telephone press conference to unveil four important studies on media ownership


Gloria Tristani, President, Benton Foundation and Former FCC Commissioner
Joe Karaganis, Program Director, Social Science Research Council
Dr. Carolyn Byerly, Howard University
Dr. Phil Napoli, Fordham University
Peter DiCola, University of Michigan

WHERE: To join, call 888-694-4676 — conference code #8013008

The studies are available at <; and <;

The studies focus on two questions that are central to upcoming FCC deliberations about the regulation of media ownership:

·  How the concentration of media ownership affects media content, from local news reporting to radio music programming.

·  How minority groups have fared in an increasingly deregulated media environment, both as owners of media outlets and as historically-underserved audiences for news and other content.

The studies are intended to inform the FCC’s re-examination of media ownership restrictions and have been filed with the FCC during the initial public comment period ending Monday, October 23.

Benton president and former FCC commissioner Gloria Tristani said: “These studies make clear that there is no support for the contention that media consolidation correlates with better, more local or more diverse media content. To the contrary, the studies strongly suggest that ownership restrictions should be tightened, not relaxed.”

The four studies examine key relationships between ownership, programming, and community impact, with a particular focus on:

The Radio Industry. Peter DiCola, of the University of Michigan and the Future of Music Coalition, examines how the concentration of radio station ownership affects the diversity of music programming.

Minority and Women-owned Media. Carolyn Byerly of Howard University takes a critical look at FCC data on minority and women-owned media.

Minority News Consumption. Carolyn Byerly, Jamila A. Cupid and Kehbuma Langmia examine minority perspectives on the media coverage of minority communities, drawing on 196 interviews with African-Americans, Africans, Latinos and Asians in the DC and Maryland area.

TV/Newspaper Cross-ownership & Public Affairs. Michael Yan of the University of Michigan analyzes the relationship between newspaper and television cross-ownership and the provision of local news and public affairs programming.

The telephone press conference will take place today at 1PM EST. The authors of the studies will briefly present their findings and be available for questions.

To participate, please call 888-694-4676 and provide the operator with the reference code for the event: 8013008.

The studies are available online at <; and <; . To arrange interviews with individual researchers after the press conference, please contact Rik Panganiban at 212-377-2700 x 644 or email


About the Benton Foundation: A private foundation since 1981, the Benton Foundation (<;) works to advance a public interest vision and policy alternatives for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. The foundation is based in Washington, DC.

About the Social Science Research Council: The SSRC (<;) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 1923 to bring research to bear on public problems. It works on a wide range of issues, from media policy, to the social impact of HIV/AIDS, to changes in systems of higher education. The SSRC is based in New York City”

New Report on Minority & Women TV Station Ownership in U.S.

September 21, 2006

A new report on media ownership in the U.S. by S. Derek Turner, Research Director at Free Press and Mark Cooper, Fellow at McGannon Communications Research Center, finds that:

  • Women comprise 51 percent of the entire U.S. population, but own a total of only 67 stations, or 4.97 percent of all stations.
  • Minorities comprise 33 percent of the entire U.S. population, but own a total of only 44 stations, or 3.26 percent of all stations.
  • Hispanics or Latinos comprise 14 percent of the entire U.S. population, but only own a total of 15 stations, or 1.11 percent of all stations.
  • Blacks or African Americans comprise 13 percent of the entire U.S. population but only own a total of 18 stations, or 1.3 percent of all stations.
  • Asians comprise 4 percent of the entire U.S. population but only own a total of 6 stations, or 0.44 percent of all stations.
  • Non-Hispanic White owners controlled 1,033 stations, or 76.6 percent of the all stations.

Download the report here.

Read the press release here.

Media Reform Groups Speak Out Against FCC “Scandal”

September 19, 2006

Press Release from Free Press and the Future of Music Coalition:

Second Secret Study Surfaces at FCC

Whistleblower leaks radio ownership report buried under Powell administration

” A Federal Communications Commission study on the negative impacts of radio consolidation came to light Monday after being buried at the agency for at least two years. This was the second secret FCC study on media ownership to surface in as many weeks.

‘This is a scandal,’ said Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press. ‘Apparently, FCC officials are willing to deep-six any research that contradicts industry’s pro-consolidation claims. They can’t be trusted. There needs to be an independent investigation and a full review of all research conducted under the leadership of Michael Powell and Kevin Martin.’

The study, a ‘Review of the Radio Industry’ conducted by the FCC Media Bureau, found that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 had led to a drastic decline in the number of radio station owners — even as the actual number of commercial stations in the United States had increased.

A copy of the study is available at

The press release is here.

Former FCC Chair Accused of Destroying Media Ownership Study

September 16, 2006

Amazing. In a gift to media reform groups, the AP reports this week that former FCC Chairman Michael Powell ordered a study on how media ownership affects local news coverage to be destroyed, in an attempt to further loosen rules on media consolidation.

AP reported in a separate article yesterday that Powell denies these accusations:

“The draft report, which surfaced earlier this week, was at odds with agency policy under Powell regarding media ownership issues. A former FCC lawyer told the AP that senior managers at the agency ordered the report be destroyed.” – Associated Press, “Powell denies seeing media ownership study”

Read the article here.

Free Press and other media reform groups are calling on current FCC Chairmain Martin to conduct an investigation into the alleged “cover-up”.  Read the press release from Free Press here.

Channel 7 to buy Channel 56 in Boston

September 16, 2006

The Boston Globe reported yesterday that the owner of WHDH-TV Channel 7 is set to buy WLVI-TV Channel 56. Globe reporter Jenn Abelson reports that the buyout from the Tribune Co. should result in the lose of 150 jobs in an attempt to capture the Boston youth market with “exependable incomes”.

“Miami media mogul Ed Ansin , who owns WHDH-TV (Channel 7) in Boston, said yesterday that he plans to buy WLVI-TV (Channel 56) for $113.7 million and make over its 10 p.m. newscast to appeal to a younger demographic”

Read the article here.