What Makes “The Intercept” Different?
Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill have launched the first nonprofit journalism effort at First Look Media, the media and technology company founded by Pierre Omidyar. Already, in the first few hours, the site is setting itself apart. Here are a few things that caught my attention.
Read more: http://storify.com/jcstearns/what-makes-the-intercept-different

What Makes “The Intercept” Different?

Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill have launched the first nonprofit journalism effort at First Look Media, the media and technology company founded by Pierre Omidyar. Already, in the first few hours, the site is setting itself apart. Here are a few things that caught my attention.

Read more: http://storify.com/jcstearns/what-makes-the-intercept-different

Don’t let Rupert Murdoch gobble up more local media.
Rupert Murdoch — the guy who’s under investigation in England for phone hacking, influence peddling and bribery — wants to buy the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.
Right now that would be illegal because Murdoch already owns TV stations in those cities. But Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is trying to change the agency’s ownership rules to pave the way for Murdoch to get exactly what he wants. 
If the FCC proposal passes, one company could own the major daily newspaper, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in your town. And that one company could be your Internet provider, too. What is the FCC thinking?!?
We can still stop the agency from taking this step — but we have less than a month to do it.
By taking action, you’re joining a movement of millions who are working to stop big media from getting even bigger. Please take action today.

Don’t let Rupert Murdoch gobble up more local media.

Rupert Murdoch — the guy who’s under investigation in England for phone hacking, influence peddling and bribery — wants to buy the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Right now that would be illegal because Murdoch already owns TV stations in those cities. But Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is trying to change the agency’s ownership rules to pave the way for Murdoch to get exactly what he wants. 

If the FCC proposal passes, one company could own the major daily newspaper, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in your town. And that one company could be your Internet provider, too. What is the FCC thinking?!?

We can still stop the agency from taking this step — but we have less than a month to do it.

By taking action, you’re joining a movement of millions who are working to stop big media from getting even bigger. Please take action today.

A Linked Ballot - How News Organizations Can Help Citizens Prepare to Vote

As people prepare to head to the polls, a lot of people have been asking me where they can get more information about local ballot questions and smaller races that have received little or no attention.

Here is a idea… What if every news organization posted a copy of the local ballot and linked every ballot question and race to their past reporting on the topic. This would be a simple way to help citizens navigate all the new organizations election coverage and prepare for voting. 

Imagine if there was a clear explainer for every issue and person on the ballot with background, interviews and more. Ideally, news organizations could link to a topic page for each vote and draw on the best reporting from around the web. 

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Hint: US is way lower than most would assume, and for good reason. We need to stand up to the ongoing erosion of press freedom at home and abroad. 

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Press freedom rankings from the Newseum and Freedom House

The most free?  Finland, Norway and Sweden.  The least?  North Korea.  Where does the U.S. rank?  Find out here at the Newseum’s website.