On Community Media Day, NFCB is part of a new report on the locally inspired media landscape.
Poised for Power: Grassroots Media at the Threshold is a new report by The Laura Flanders Show, which notes:
What is the state of independent media? Is there a way, by concerting our efforts, that we could come up with a structure that would augment what’s already happening? Could we make the sum of all our efforts add up to more than the numerous parts? There’s a lot of brilliant work, and a lot of media makers working to change the world… On what terms could a new structure be set up? Where could the funding come from? Could philanthropy up their game? Could financial support come from e-commerce? Or from providing services, like a movement e-learning library, an investigative reporters’ database, tech tools, and/or legal services? Could lawsuits against existing media monopolies win funding for independent media? Could a new movement media platform include a data collection mechanism (a name and address intake tool) that would connected media consumers with movement groups they could join? Could we create a privately funded alternative to Congressionally impoverished public broadcasting, perhaps what’s called a B Corp, with shared oversight, a mission and a dual-bottom line?
NFCB CEO Sally Kane is among many independent media leaders quoted in the report. Among leaders featured include Hannah Sassaman, Policy Director, Media Mobilizing Project; Janna Zinzi, Media Strategist for Forward Together; Jeff Cohen, Director, Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College; Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, Executive Director, The Media Consortium; Jodi Jacobson, President, Editor in Chief, Rewire; Jon Sinton, Co-Founder and President, Progressive Voices; Kim Spencer, Senior Programming Executive, KCETLink; Layel Camargo, Climate Justice Program Manager, CultureStrike; Matt DeRienzo, Executive Director, LION Publishers; Morgan Willis, Program Director, Allied Media Conference; Peter Schurmann, Senior Editor/Program Manager, New America Media; Wendy Levy, Executive Director, The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture; and others.
You can read the report here.