Please Sign the Petition
As you’ve probably heard, the House budget proposal zeroes out funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which substantially funds PBS, NPR and public media stations in every community around the country. Please sign this MoveOn.org petition and forward it to as many people as possible to help save public media in this country.
Why I Work in Public Media
I’ve spent most of my career working in public media. I worked at PBS for over 6 years, and have consulted for NPR and other public media orgs since going freelance in 2006. I believe strongly that noncommercial media is essential to a healthy democracy. Is public media perfect, as it exists today? Hardly. Pledge programming promoting wrinkle creams and other nonsense abounds, and is ridiculous, to name one obvious area for improvement…and there are others.
But PBS and NPR, and their 200+ stations in every community around the country, offer the best, most trustworthy radio and television journalism around…journalism motivated by public service, not ratings, or profit. They broadcast diverse, independent voices and stories that offer such a critical counterpart to the homogenous view of the world espoused by so many commercial outlets. PBS airs kids programming based in solid educational research, that isn’t just trying to turn toddlers into little consumers.
And there is so much innovative work happening in the public media community. In Los Angeles, KCET web producer Juan Devis is collaborating with community members to create an authentic portrait of the city through his interactive web series, Departures. In Columbus, Ohio, station WOSU is producing a similar project to document the city’s neighborhoods, in partnership with the local library and other community organizations. In East Lansing, Michigan, citizens turn to WKAR’s reWorking Michigan project for news about the area’s economic redevelopment.
This is all just the tip of the iceberg. And you know what it costs you every year? $1.35. Seriously. That is the annual cost per citizen for everything public media provides.
Bottom line, please sign this MoveOn.org petition. But if you’re interested in getting more involved in the fight to save public media, please check out the advocacy website http://www.170millionamericans.org/ — you can sign up for news updates, action alerts and more. You can also “like” 170 Million Americans on Facebook or follow the campaign on Twitter.
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