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Aug 30 2012

FAIR’s Media Activism Kit

Contents Inside this kit you will find “how-to” guides for identifying, documenting and challenging inaccurate or unfair news coverage, along with information about how to promote independent media. Challenging mainstream media and building independent media are equally important components of media activism. Long-term community pressure and grassroots action are key to media reform. We encourage you to photocopy individual pages for use in organizational meetings, educational forums, mailings to your members that urge media action, or any other useful situation. We hope that this packet will help you fight unfair coverage of your issues and communities, and win greater access […]

Jan 1 1995

Drafting Students Into the ‘War on Immigration’

Channel One's Anti-Immigrant Propaganda Has a Captive Audience

California’s Proposition 187, voted into law this November, denies access to education, non-emergency health care and other social services to undocumented immigrants. Many of those affected are students, as were many of the leading opponents to the measure, with youth in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities organizing walkouts and demonstrations. While youth are less often consumers of traditional news from papers and TV, there is one form of media that many students are exposed to whether they want it not: Channel One, the in-school satellite TV news and advertising program that junior high and high school students in […]

Jul 1 1994

A Hell of a Nice Murderer:

Double Standards in Domestic Violence Coverage

Tired of reporting fraught with double standards and a blame-the-victim mentality, a coalition of women’s rights advocates in San Francisco decided to study daily press coverage of violence against women. Barbara Johnson, an independent media critic who frequently works with FAIR, conducted an eight-month study of the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner‘s coverage of domestic violence cases that resulted in death. The survey documented that “many myths about domestic violence are perpetrated in news reports” and that most reporting focuses only on the most sensational details. One disturbing pattern uncovered was that white male perpetrators were frequently described […]

Mar 1 1994

Extra! March/April 1994

Articles in the print edition What’s Behind the Twentysomething “Movement”? By Miles Seligman & Aimee Strasko Girls in Gangs “Violent Equality” or media Hype? By Meda Chesney-Lind The “Crisis” of Teen Pregnancy Girls Pay the Price for Media Distortion By Janine Jackson Covering Gay Youth From Invisibility to Trendiness to Respect By Matt Marco Who’s Failing Whom? Media Coverage of Public Education By Robin Templeton Selling “Power” to the Powerless How Cigarette Ads Target Youth By Mark Crispin Miller We Cannot Wait The Importance of Youth-Produced Media By Samir B. Vural Turning the Camera Around Young People Make Movies By […]

Mar 1 1994

Fear of a Rap Planet

Rappers face media double standard

The latest backlash against top-selling but controversial rap music has hit the airwaves. The latest controversy centers on so-called “gangsta rap”—a term used by mainstream media in the late ‘80s to describe rap music, such as that of the group NWA (Niggaz With Attitude), whose lyrics often focus on the subject of urban violence. Teen-oriented stations across the U.S. are either editing its graphic, explicit lyrics, limiting its airplay, or banning it. Many journalists charge that the lyrics of “gangsta rap” advocate violence and misogyny and that this advocacy may contribute to actual violent and misogynist attitudes and behavior among […]

Jul 1 1993

Alternative Media: Going Beyond Police Sources to Uncover Police Abuse

Hayward BART station (cc photo: Mospeada/Wikimedia)

For most mainstream papers, police reporting means relying mainly on police sources—a practice that contributes to the undercoverage of police brutality. The impact that an independent reporter can have by listening to unofficial sources points out the importance of alternative media —and the influence such outlets can have on the mainstream. On Nov. 15, 1992, 19-year-old Jerrold Hall was exiting a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station in Hayward, Calif., when he and a friend were stopped by Fred Crabtree, a BART police officer, on suspicion of stealing a $60 Walkman from another passenger. At the end of the confrontation, […]

Dec 1 1992

Activists Put the Public in Public TV

Faced with attacks from right-wingers like Sen. Jesse Helms who accuse public television of having a left-wing agenda, PBS and its affiliates have tended to either cave in to the conservatives or else argue that public TV is balanced and doesn’t need changing. But some PBS viewers are refusing to accept that limited spectrum of debate. These viewers reject the right’s premise that a handful of progressive documentaries outweighs hundreds of hours of regular conservative or business-oriented programming. Concerned that the right-wing attacks have only encouraged the growing corporate influence on PBS, they have begun to organize themselves around their […]