mediageek 7 May 2009 – Anne Elizabeth Moore and Holle Cambodia

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a veteran of many independent media projects–including the much missed Punk Planet magazine–and author of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity. In 2008 she traveled to Cambodia for a residency in a women’s college dormitory where she introduced self-publishing in the form of zines. In this edition of the program we discuss the meaning of self-publishing in a country where women have been discouraged from self-expression and where being a journalist is still a very risky occupation.

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mediageek 20 April 2009: The Court Rules Narrowly on Indecency

John Anderson from DIYmedia.net joins to talk about some of the latest news or import to radio. The Supreme Court finally rules on fleeting indecency, slicing the decision so thin, you’d think they used a Ginsu. We also talk about commercial stations starting to beg for donations.

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mediageek 23 April 2009: Community Radio’s Founding Station Turns 60

This week Matthew Lasar, writer for ArsTechnica, returns. He’s in Washington DC right now, so he updates us on some hot communications topics in Congress. Then we reflect on 60 years of the first community radio station, KPFA in Berkeley, CA, and discuss the difficulty of building a democratic radio network.

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mediageek 17 April 2009: Time Warner Cable Folds on Bandwidth Caps

Time Warner Cable threatens to “test” absurdly low bandwidth caps in five more cities, then backs down when the public lets them have it. Also, Chicago’s Streetwise newspaper is having financial trouble.

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mediageek 9 April 2009: Newspapers’ Troubles Making Copps Go Soft

Chicago recently earned the dubious distinction of having the parent companies both major newspapers and the largest alternative weekly declare bankruptcy. And Chicago is not alone in having troubles with its newspapers. It’s getting so bad that even ardent anti-consolidation acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps is showing signs of softening on cross-ownership. We explore this issue, and the FCC’s new National Broadband Plan.

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mediageek 2 April 2009: ChiTownDailyNews Tries a New Model for Local Journalism

Geoff Dougherty is the founding editor of ChiTownDailyNews, a locally-focused news website employing professional journalists working with over 100 volunteer reporters to cover Chicago news not reported in the major mainstream news outlets. On this edition of the radioshow Geoff tells us about the site and the reasons why it pursues a this model.

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mediageek 26 March 2009: Knight Drupal Initiative Funds Innovative Open Source Platforms for Online Journalism

The Knight Foundation’s Drupal Initiative awarded $480,000 to six different projects using the Drupal open source content management platform to develop innovative online applications for journalism. Jose Zamora, journalism program associate at the Knight Foundation, tells us more about the initiative.

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mediageek 19 March 2009: Chicago Independent Radio Project

This week is an encore edition originally broadcast Oct. 9, 2008:

There is a group of motivated radio lovers in Chicago who think that the city needs a real community radio station, independent of a college, university or other organization that might change its mind about who can be on the radio. Shawn Campbell is the president of the Chicago Independent Radio Project, and she joins me this week to talk about why Chicago needs community radio, and how they hope to squeeze a new noncommercial station onto the dial.

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mediageek 12 March 2009: Copyright, Net Neutrality & Fairness Doctrine, Oh My!

This week we look at the latest YouTube phenom, Kutiman, and why it’s relevant to the fight for a free, neutral internet. Paul also rants a bit about the Fairness Doctrine non-debate.

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mediageek 5 March 2009: News Roundup – FCC Nominee Officially Announced, Non-comms Ask for Early DTV Transition & more

Now that President Obama has finally gotten down his nominations list to FCC Chair, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer things are starting to heat up in Washington, so that means we need to catch up and consider what this means for our communications environment. We also review some noncommercial TV stations asking the FCC to turn off their analog signals before the extended April 12 deadline, and the FCC opening up public comment regarding the public service channels to be allocated on Sirius/XM as a condition of their merger.

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