The heads of all the Voice of America outlets have been fired as well as their boards of directors. The story is told in Common Dreams.
Dan Rather@DanRather – Watching President Obama’s graduation address tonight I think I finally understand Obamagate. It’s the scandal of having a president being able to speak with empathy, humor, insight, inspiration and in complete and coherent sentences.
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):
AGENDA FOR FRIENDS OF COMMUNITY MEDIA MEETING 2020-05-09
* 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?
Reporters Without Borders assessment.
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.
“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.