Strategies for Media ReformInternational Perspectives

Strategies for Media ReformInternational Perspectives

Des Freedman, Jonathan Obar, Cheryl Martens, and Robert W. McChesney

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780823271641

Publisher: Fordham University Press


This collection brings together strategies for advancing media reform objectives, prepared by 33 scholars and activists working in and/or studying in more than 25 countries, including: Canada, Mexico and the United States; Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Uruguay, and Venezuela; Iceland; Germany, Switzerland and the UK; Burma/Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines; Egypt, Ghana, Israel and Qatar. Contributors first presented their ideas in the summer of 2013 at a preconference of the International Communication Association, hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London in the UK. The goal then, as it is now, was to bring together successful and promising strategies for media reform to be shared across international lines and media reform contexts. The editors and authors hope this volume will serve as a useful resource for scholars and activists alike, looking to better understand the concept of media reform, and how it is being advanced around the world. The book is organized into four sections: contexts, digital activism, media reform movements, and media reform in action. It opens with a consideration of some theoretical approaches to media reform while the digital activism section includes chapters that present a range of strategies that media reformers might want to consider. The section on media reform movements includes examples from across the globe and highlights a variety of online and offline strategies to achieve change. The final section consists of short chapters submitted by activist organizations that include a description of their mission and examples of successful strategies employed in the pursuit of media reform goals.

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Part One Introduction

Chapter One Media Reform

Des Freedman, Goldsmiths, University of London Jonathan A. Obar, York University, Canada

Chapter Two Media Policy Literacy

Becky Lentz, McGill University, Canada

Part Two Internet Activism for Media Reform

Chapter Three Activating the Fifth Estate

Jonathan A. Obar, York University, Canada Leslie Regan Shade, University of Toronto, Canada

Chapter Four WikiLeaks and “Indirect” Media Reform

Christian Christensen, Stockholm University, Sweden

Chapter Five Mobilizing for Net Rights

M. I. Franklin, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

Chapter Six Lessons from the SOPA Fight

Rainey Reitman, Electronic Frontier Foundation, United States

Chapter Seven Internet Freedom from the Outside In

Craig Aaron and Timothy Karr, Free Press, United States

Chapter Eight A Victory for Digital Justice

Joshua Breitbart, Formerly New America’s Open Technology Institute, United States

Chapter Nine Working Toward an Open Connected Future

David Christopher, OpenMedia, Canada

Part Three The Power of the Media Reform Movement

Chapter Ten A Perfect Storm for Media Reform

Alejandro Abraham-Hamanoiel, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

Chapter Eleven Between Philosophy and Action

Benedetta Brevini, University of Sydney, Australia Justin Schlosberg, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom

Chapter Twelve Media Reform Movements in Taiwan

Hsin-Yi Sandy Tsai, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan Shih-Hung Lo, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Chapter Thirteen Organizing for Media Reform in Canada

Kathleen Cross, Simon Fraser University, Canada David Skinner, York University, Canada

Chapter Fourteen The Battle Over Low-Power FM in the United States

Hannah Sassaman and Pete Tridish, Prometheus Radio Project, United States

Chapter Fifteen Ninety Percent Community, 10 Percent Radio

Sanjay Jolly, Prometheus Radio Project, United States

Chapter Sixteen Media Reform Initiatives in West Africa

Kwame Karikari, Media Foundation for West Africa, Ghana

Part Four Media Reform as Democratic Reform

Chapter Seventeen Waves of Struggle

Victor Pickard, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, United States

Chapter Eighteen Policy Hacking

Arne Hintz, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Chapter Nineteen Reforming or Conforming?

Manuel Puppis, University Of Fribourg Matthias Künzler, University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

Chapter Twenty “… please grant success to the journey on which I have come”

Noam Tirosh, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel Amit M. Schejter, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel Penn State University, United States

Chapter Twenty-One Legislating for a More Participatory Media System

Cheryl Martens, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom and Universidad de las Américas Oliver Reina, University Bolivariana de Venezuela and CLACSO, Argentina Ernesto Vivares, FLACSO, Ecuador

Chapter Twenty-Two Public Service Broadcasting in Egypt

Rasha Abdulla, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Chapter Twenty-Three Impunity, Inclusion, and Implementation

Lisa Brooten, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, United States

Chapter Twenty-Four Media Reform through Capacity Building

Peter Townson, Doha Center for Media Freedom, Qatar

Chapter Twenty-Five Media Reform in Guatemala

Mark Camp, Cultural Survival, Guatemala

Chapter Twenty-Six Media Reform in Mexico

Marius Dragomir, Open Society Foundations, Program on Independent Journalism, United Kingdom