The Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media presents the 2013 Our Media, Your Business Video Contest for high school and college-aged students.
Create a short video on the impact of media on the well-being of youth in our community. You could win a prize! Deadline is March 29.
The Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media invites you to participate in an important community meeting, Health Equity in Spokane: Deepening the Dialogue, Wednesday, November 14 from 7-9 a.m. at Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall; Globe Room.
Spokane Regional Health District health officer Dr. Joel McCullough will be on hand to facilitate a conversation around the District’s recent report Odds Against Tomorrow: Health Inequities in Spokane County. This study, published in September, looks at how social factors, including education, household income, race/ethnicity, and place/neighborhood impact the health of people right here in our community.
The dialogue hosted by Gonzaga University includes a 45-minute health equity presentation followed by breakout sessions for attendees to lend their voice to the solutions. Registration is not required but recommended at www.srhd.org/healthequity. There is no cost to participate.
This is one of a series of community meetings across the county designed to share the results of this study and facilitate discussion to promote significant change locally and to improve the health and well-being of all citizens.
As part of NW-ARM’s mission to build healthy communities through education we hope you take the time to participate in this meaningful community event.
KYRS is hosting Amy Goodman on Oct. 27, 7 p.m., at Spokane Falls Community College!
Amy Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist, syndicated columnist, author and the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, an independent, global weekday news hour broadcast in English and Spanish on more than 1,000 public television, radio and Internet stations around the world. Amy Goodman is the author of four New York Times bestsellers.
Democracy Now! is on the road for a 2-month, 100-city tour, starting at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, appearing at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, and running up to Election Day. Democracy Now! is holding public events to help raise critical funds for the public broadcasters that carry them. The tour route covers many of the electoral swing states, going beyond the mainstream media’s obsessive focus on the latest poll numbers and candidate gaffes, to see on the ground how people are organizing, the impacts of restrictive voter ID laws that are making it harder to vote, and how the massive influx of campaign cash following the Citizens United decision is changing how our democracy works.
The NW-ARM is looking forward to this event and will have an NW-ARM information table set up beforehand.Event will be held at Spokane Falls Community College Music Building Address: 3410 West Fort George Wright Drive) $15 general admission $5 for students with ID Limited $100 tickets available for pre-event reception with Amy Goodman which includes an autographed book and reserved seat to her talk. All proceeds benefit KYRS! Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/276024 or www.kyrs.org
More info: 509-747-3012
The high-tech industry is pushing back against federal regulations aimed at protecting children’s privacy online.
The Federal Trade Commission already requires website operators to get parental consent before releasing personal information about children younger than 13. The FTC wants to update the 14-year-old Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act to include social media platforms and new mobile devices, columnist Mary Sanchez wrote recently in The Kansas City Star.
Mega-sized companies such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple say the tangled nature of the web makes the updated regulations onerous. Users often offer links to videos or photos from another website, so which site is legally responsible for notifying parents?
Child advocates maintain that protecting children’s privacy from the Internet’s information-gathering powers is too important to dismiss – particularly when the stakes are so high, Sanchez wrote. These companies are making billions in profits. They can afford spending some of that excess cash to keep children safe.
“Asking the media to act responsibly to protect identity makes for a better world,” said John Caputo, director of the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media, a media literacy advocacy group in partnership with Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.
“Surely in this case, the health and welfare of children should outweigh corporate profits and the shield of the First Amendment.”
The full text of the column from The Kansas City Star can be found here:
ProPublica’s reporting on campaign financing and influence has been outstanding. Their “Free the Files” app has volunteers all over the country reviewing now-public files to show who pays for ads on local television stations in swing markets. Their PAC Track shows where SuperPACs are spending and why.
Anticipating tonight’s screening of “Rich Media, Poor Democracy” (7 p.m. at Gonzaga University Campus, College Hall, Room 101) enjoy this short from ProPublica’s more creative minds:
Stand with Big Bird
As the presidential election draws closer and the candidates propose their agenda, voters are learning what each candidate values. Public Media was put at the forefront of the presidential debates on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Gov. Romney mentioned he would take funding away from PBS to lower the deficit.
How much funding does PBS receive? Will defunding PBS help lower the deficit? This is an issue that has sparked much attention from the media and the American Public. Read what Free Press has written about the proposal to defund public media, and learn about their initiative to “Defend Public Media.”
Full text can be found here:
Also, NBC Nightly News last Friday did a great little story that explains the funding situation very well:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/ns/NBCNightlyNews/#49308773
How do we save democracy?
NW-ARM presents the documentary, “Rich Media, Poor Democracy” on Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. at Gonzaga University Campus, College Hall, Room 101.
This important film demonstrates how journalism has been compromised by massive conglomerates such as Disney, Sony, Viacom, News Corp, and AOL Time Warner, which produce news that is high on sensationalism and low on information. The documentary suggests that unless citizen activists demand more from the press, this new corporate system will be characterized by a rich media and an ever-impoverished, poor democracy.
In an eye-opening call to action “Rich Media, Poor Democracy” warns that we must organize politically to restructure the media if we want democracy to endure.
Join the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media for this short documentary and an engaging discussion about media, democracy and the upcoming presidential election.
We hope to see you there!
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Coming as a special presentation of Independent Lens October 1 and 2, 2012 on PBS from 9-11pm
A landmark trans-media project featuring a four-hour PBS primetime national and international broadcast event, a Facebook-hosted social action game, mobile games, two websites, educational video modules with companion text, a social media campaign supporting over 30 partner NGOs, and an impact assessment plan all inspired by Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the widely acclaimed book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
Monday Oct. 1 and Tuesday October 2, 9-11pm both nights: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/half-the-sky/