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    Fixing the Media

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    What if there was a gadget that could fix everything that’s wrong with the media?

    There’s no such gadget — yet. But at Free Press we have a people-powered machine that fights every day to change the media and build a better democracy. We can’t do this crucial work without your support. So please give as generously as you can. Thank you!

    Click the apps below to see what makes Free Press such a powerful tool for lasting change.

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    Media Transformers

    • Angry Big Birds

    • Network Neutrality

    • InstaPress Freedom

    • Broadband Blitz

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    • Media Reform With Friends

    • Better News Network

    • Anti-Consolidation Heroes

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      Angry Big Birds

      Public Media

      Tired of seeing Congress threatening to pluck Big Bird’s feathers year after year? It’s time to get angry!

      • by PubMediaDefender

        Free Press rules. They’re protecting public media from the haters in Washington. If you’re as angry about attacks on public media as I am, get this app now.

      • by GrovrLovr

        Big Bird is a sweet and cuddly guy. But his feathers get ruffled when his nest is in risk of foreclosure! This app is a great way to help the Yellow One and all of his furry friends fight for better media in communities around the country. Bonus: It lets you tell members of Congress why public media is so important to you.

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      Net Neutrality

      Open Internet

      Net Neutrality means that Internet service providers are not allowed to discriminate between different kinds of online content and apps. It guarantees a level playing field for all websites and Internet technologies.

      Net Neutrality protects our right to communicate freely online. It’s the foundation of a free and open Internet. Without it the Internet as we know it would cease to exist.

      • by FaceTimeUser

        I LOVE using FaceTime for video chats with my friends. But then AT&T told me I couldn’t use it on my iPhone unless I got a more expensive voice-and-text plan. Basically the company wanted to charge me more — and didn’t care if that meant violating Net Neutrality! Thanks to Free Press, AT&T reversed course.

      • by InternetFreedomFighter

        Internet freedom means different things to different people. To me, it means the ability to access any website or use any application I want, whenever I want, at the fastest speed — whether it's a mammoth corporation’s website or one for a mom-and-pop business around the corner. Net Neutrality is a must-have if we want to guarantee these freedoms.

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      Press Freedom/Independence

      Free Press tracked and fought the crackdown on journalists trying to cover Occupy Wall Street and other protests. We educate journalists about their rights and speak out when government officials violate those rights. In the digital age, where everyday people can document the news with their smartphones, the First Amendment is more important than ever.

      • by livestreamer

        I’ve been livestreaming Occupy Wall Street events since day one — documenting protests, speeches and police harassment. Free Press has had my back from the start — helping ensure that my right to record is respected.

      • by OldSchoolJourno

        Great campaign! I’m worried about what the future holds for my profession. It helps to know that the folks at Free Press are on the case and pushing for policies that protect journalists like me.

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      Broadband Blitz

      Universal Access to Broadband

      Access to high-speed Internet service is a basic public necessity, just like hot water or electricity.

      But the phone and cable companies and their pals in Washington are making it hard for us to access fast and affordable Internet. And get this: A third of Americans still do not have broadband in their homes or communities.

      As for the rest of us? We’re paying way too much for service that’s too slow. And we’re stuck with cable and phone giants that care only about stuffing their pockets.

      We need more choices. We need new investment. We need universal access to high-speed, affordable broadband.

      • by NoCompetition

        I work from home and rely on the Internet for just about everything in my life. Getting all Americans connected to open, fast and affordable Internet should be a national priority. Yet our policies favor corporate monopolies over the kind of competition that leads to lower prices, better access and faster speeds. Free Press has already shown it can stop big mergers (AT&T/T-Mobile, anyone?). And they’ve got big plans ahead for 2013.

      • by OfflineinNC

        I live in a rural area with no high-speed Internet. It takes me forever to get online. And my state has a law that makes it virtually impossible for communities to create their own broadband networks. Free Press is leading the fight to overturn these laws and allow communities to make their own choices about how to bring the benefits of broadband home.

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      Transparency and Accountability

      Local broadcasters got rich off the 2012 election — raking in more than $3 billion from political ads. But they didn’t do much to help viewers cut through the lies or figure out who was really behind all those shady attack ads.

      Free Press pushed the FCC to adopt rules that require broadcasters to put political ad information online for the first time. And we called out stations that kept running ads their own reporters knew were false.

      • by StopDarkMoney

        Super PACs funneled all this money to local TV stations to air political attack ads. And what did these broadcasters give us in return? Nothing. They did virtually no fact-checking of the claims made in these ads. Kudos to Free Press for fighting to expose the sources of all this dark money. Thanks to Free Press, broadcasters now have to put that info (some of it, anyway) online.

      • by TiredofAttacks

        I can’t believe how many political ads I had to sit through this year. And I have no idea who was behind most of them. I’m glad Free Press shares my frustration — and is doing something about it.

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      Anti-Consolidation Heroes

      Ownership and Diversity

      Just a handful of corporations own almost all of our media. Free Press is pushing back against consolidation and fighting for more diverse, accountable and locally responsive media. But Rupert Murdoch and other media barons are pressuring the FCC to weaken the ownership rules so they can gobble up more stations and newspapers in your town.

      • by NotRupertMurdoch

        Free Press has been fighting media consolidation for years — which is why Rupert doesn’t own everything yet. These guys even beat the FCC in federal court when it tried to gut its own ownership rules. I love that Free Press is standing up to the FCC and pushing for policies that will help put media in the hands of women, people of color and people who actually live in my community.

      • by NoMonopolyForYou

        If the FCC relaxes its rules, one company will be allowed to own a daily newspaper, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in your town. That one company could be your Internet provider, too. You can thank Free Press for leading the charge against these media monopolies.

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      Media Reform With Friends

      National Conference for Media Reform

      In April 2013, thousands of activists, media makers, journalists, technologists, policymakers and artists converged on Denver to change the media and build a better democracy.

      • by NCMRvet

        This conference ROCKED. The people, the ideas, the energy — this is a movement of real people from around the country and the world. It’s inspiring.

      • by PubMediaTechGeek

        It’s not easy being a media activist. Sometimes you feel like you’re the only one fighting. Then you go to this conference and you’re surrounded by thousands of activists who feel the same way you do.

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      Better News Network

      Quality Journalism

      Journalism is so vital to our democracy that our founders protected it in the First Amendment. Seriously.

      Yet the media landscape has changed in a big way. The newspapers and broadcast outlets that have supported journalism for years are in decline, while more and more people are using the Internet to become media makers themselves.

      We need to support locally rooted journalism that puts more journalists to work covering the stories and issues that matter. With your help — and some lasting policy changes — we can do it.

      • by Makin’ Media

        Listen, I love the New York Times. I love the BBC. I love PBS. But I also need better media outlets in my own backyard. I need to know about the things that affect my community — the stuff the big organizations won’t cover. Free Press understands we need to find new ways to get the news we need.

      • by IndyPen

        If you value access to information as much as I do — if you think our democracy depends on it — then you know we have to fix the way we make and get the news. And the folks at Free Press have big ideas about how to make that happen.



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