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Local Legal Initiative

Reporters Committee on Freedom of the Press

A growing number of local and regional news organizations and journalists lack the legal support they need to pursue enterprise and investigative stories in their communities. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is helping to change that. 

With generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Reporters Committee is expanding to provide direct legal services to more journalists at the local level. For the first time in our 50-year history, multiple Reporters Committee lawyers will be based in different locations across the country to support local enterprise and investigative journalism.



Six accessories for journalists to create on-the-go multimedia

hese days, you don’t need more than a phone to produce excellent multimedia content. You can shoot video, record audio, edit and publish all from your small device. To make your stories professional and well put together, though, you’re going to want to invest in some extra gear and accessories.

At the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) 2019 conference, held in Miami, Florida last weekend, Allison Davis and Denise James led a session on just this — mobile journalism gear. 



FCC Slaps Meruelo With $67K Fine For EAS Tones In Station Promo.


The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau has settled with Meruelo Radio Holdings for misusing Emergency Alert System (EAS) tones on the company’s classic Hip-Hop simulcast on KDAY Los Angeles and KDEY Riverside. ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and Discovery’s “Lone Star Law” were also part of the settlements for airing actual or simulated EAS or Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) tones. The combined settlement amount was $300,000 in civil penalties.



National EAS Test Results

Broadcasters' Desktop Resource

Well, the 2019 NPT came. Perhaps the best way to comment is that there is a lot work to do with the PEP (PEP Map is here) and daisy-chain - the way the EAS works when the Internet is down. Reports from Test Day noted quite a few stations reporting clean audio, and forwarded the test. However, other reports  noted a number of issues:



NAB's Smith: Big Tech Should Get Public Interest Scrutiny

John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable

Says nation state-like companies may need TR-like bust-up

National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon says the government should start applying a public interest standard to Google and Facebook and other Big Tech titans. 

That was in an interview for C-SPAN's Communicators series.  

Broadcasters have always been licensed in the public interest, which the FCC reviews, including various inherent and explicit obligations, when it grants those licenses or allows them to be sold.