Upcoming Meeting Saturday 5/10/20

Friends of Community Media will hold its monthly meeting of the second Saturday of the month at 2:00 PM Saturday, 5/10/20 via Zoom video conferencing. Minutes from the previous meeting are available. To join in if you did not get the email, contact Spencer Graves our secretary who has set it up. He will provide a password. Some agenda items include (additions are welcome):

* FCM Mission:

* Minutes of the last meeting? .

* Treasurer Report:

Website Committee: ourfcm.org:E

vents Committee:Craig regarding videoconference for the Media & Religion speaker for our canceled May 17?

Launching a new local nonprofit news organization to work with KKFI: Spencer is still looking for a journalist to collaborate with us. He is talking about contacting hyperlocal news sites like

● John Sharp and the Martin City Telegraph (https://martincitytelegraph.com)

● The Shawnee Mission Post (https://shawneemissionpost.com/)

● The Midtown KC Post (http://midtownkcpost.com/)

● Other contacts via LION(Local Independent Online News) Publishers (https://www.lionpublishers.com/lion-member-spotlight-midtown-kc-post/)?

However, Spencer hasn’t created time to work on this recently.NEW BUSINESS:· Co-sponsoring candidate fora with PeaceWorksKC.org and / or local chapters of the League of Women Voters?·

Carrying out FCMannual meeting and board election. How?

Media Extinction Event?

Part of the article sent to me by Al – from an article of alarm raised by the Daily Kos!

The Daily Kos wrote, “On April 10, the New York Times reported that 28,000 workers at news companies in the United States had lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic. As the news industry pleads for federal relief, many publications are shutting down entirely, in what Buzzfeed dubbed ‘a media extinction event.’

Daily Kos, PO Box 70036, Oakland, CA, 94612.

Will the Media Gaslight us Into Disaster?

“Pretty soon, as the country begins to figure out how we “open back up” and move forward, very powerful forces will try to convince us all to get back to normal. (That never happened. What are you talking about?) Billions of dollars will be spent on advertising, messaging, and television and media content to make you feel comfortable again.”

Article is worth reading.


Meeting 4/11/20 Online 2:00 PM via Zoom

Reminder – Friends of Community Media will continue to meet during the current crisis Saturday 4/11 at 2:00 PM and will meet online on Zoom. Check with Spencer at spencer.graves@effectivedefense.org if you do not have the password or information on how to attend. Minutes from previous meetings are also below: MARCH MINUTES:




Anyone with the link can comment on the March minutes and edit

April draft agenda.THREE OPTIONS FOR ATTENDING:VOICE ONLY: Dial: 312 626 6799, enter Meeting ID: 767 816 447VOICE AND GOOGLE DOCS: Connect as per “Voice Only” and visit the Google Docs as above. Note that anyone can contribute to the meeting notes in progress in real time. The Google Docs software can gracefully manage potential edit conflicts.


NOTICE: The FCM meeting scheduled for Saturday 3/14 at 2:00 PM will now be online. The location where we hold our meetings has said all meetings will be cancelled there. An email giving instructions is being sent out for those who wish to attend from home on our FCM email list.

Mission statement: The mission of Friends of Community Media is to promote non-commercial community-based media of all types, to educate citizens on the nature of the media, and to encourage all media to be responsive to the public in coverage.

Minutes from February  – Spencer

Treasurer – Greg Current balance, expenses

Committee Reports

           Website committee meeting 2/20 report

           Events Committee – report – Craig, Richard – event:  Religion and the media All Souls 5/17

Old Business         

           Event possibility with KKFI – Amy Goodman – Media in a Time of War

           ProPublica affiliation possibility – Spencer

           Kansas City Press Club collaboration – Spencer

New Business            

           Do we want to meetings via Zoom in foreseeable future?

           Monthly potlucks future?

           Prepare for Annual Meeting – Bylaws – first Monday of April