FCM Hamburger Mary’s Fundraiser

As many of you know, FCM is fundraising for a local journalism project, tentatively titled The Kansas City Investigators.  This is a nonprofit journalism project, which will be staffed mainly by volunteers, along with a paid editor-in-chief and three paid interns.  The goal is to promote ethical and transparent government.

To this end, FCM is holding a bingo fundraiser at Hamburger Marys’ Midtown KCMO location (3700 Broadway Blvd #110) on 8/21 from 4-6 PM.  Prizes will include handmade jewelry, KKFI and FCM t-shirts, and gift cards to local businesses.  Come for a hilarious afternoon of drag queens, bingo competition, drinks, burgers, exciting prizes, and extraordinary fun!  RSVP on Facebook at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/493290592005801

NOTE: This event will be very risqué.  A drag-queen runs the bingo game, and they will use foul language and make suggestive jokes.  Additionally, the names of the bingo games are very suggestive.  If that doesn’t sound fun to you, we suggest that you support FCM by donating on our website, here: https://ourfcm.org/donate.

Questions? Contact Richard Thompson at (913)209-4114 or richthompson209@gmail.com.

Freepress – Craig Aaron Interview



Kansas City, Mo., 4/23/21  – An important interview will air this Thursday 4/29 on KKFI community radio show “Thursday Night Special” at 7:00 to 8:00 PM. 

Spencer Graves, FCM board member and secretary will discuss issues facing journalism and the need for media reform in the United States with Freepress CEO, Craig Aaron.  https://www.freepress.net/

People may also watch via Zoom videoconferencing and YouTube Live.

People with the Zoom session will be able to ask questions during the

session.  They can also suggest questions in advance via a complementary

post on Wikiversity.  Links are below:





News or Propaganda?

At the end of March, State of Washington universities conducted a media education program called MisinfoDay in high schools to help students learn the difference between real news and propaganda. This would be a good event to happen nationwide. The session used these questions to help learn how to differentiate between bogus news and real facts.

The link is here:


Continuing to update our website

After an FCM website meeting, work is continuing to make ourfcm.org more user friendly and more information is being added regularly.

Our annual meeting is coming up in two weeks and information about that may be found under the “Events” tab, under the “Upcoming Events” tab. This will be an important media year, so our annual meeting will be important!

Join in the discussion on local journalism this Saturday.

This Saturday, October 3rd at Noon, there will be a discussion of  Local Journalism Sustainability Act (2020 HR 7640), the issues involved, and how it tries to address them.  This legislation could offer tax credits for local media, their subscribers and advertisers To participate in this event, click on the link below to register:

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We invite comments about this from candidates to represent parts of the greater Kansas City area in the US Congress and others.  Dean Baker, a co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, shares some of his thoughts on citizen-controlled subsidies for media, of which HR 7640 would be one possible implementation.  Professor Ruby L. Bailey, Executive Editor, Columbia Missourian and Missouri Community Newspaper Management Chair, University of Missouri School of Journalism, comments on the challenges facing local newspapers, especially in Missouri, and how HR 7640 may or may not respond appropriately to those needs. Mark Masson, Executive Director of the Missouri Press Association, provides some commentary.  This will be broadcast on KKFI on Thursday 10/8 on the Local Showcase Show at 8:00 PM, and will be excerpted from the virtual (Zoom) forum on this issue October 3.