Who owns the media?
Last year, The Nation updated its well-known media ownership chart, detailing the holdings of the 10 largest media conglomerates. It vividly illustrates how allowing media ownership to fall into a few hands has greatly diminished the diversity of voices. Worse yet, the chart is about to be outdated. A new initiative by the Federal Communications Commission could make it even easier for huge companies to buy up more news outlets. www.thenation.com/special/bigten.html
What can I do about media consolidation?
One place to learn about FCC rule changes and other related issues is mediareform.net, an online project sponsored by Free Press, a group based in Northampton, Massachusetts, that wants to get the public more involved shaping media policy. The site offers information on an upcoming national conference on media reform, November 7?9 in Madison, Wisconsin, organized by Robert McChesney, author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy. www.mediareform.net
How can I affect media coverage?