I've supported Free Press for many years. They are are one of the very best and unfortunately very few organizations working to improve the quality of media in our beleaguered democracy. The 4th estate is being swallowed whole by huge multi-national corporations who use their immense financial clout to buy the FCC deregulation and Congressional legislation that permits them to keep growing. Free Press is helping to expose what's going on and stem that tide. This is a fight we must win...failure is not an option.
I used to support this organization with both my time and money until it became abundantly clear that they are in fact a highly partisan and politically driven organization that is really just anti-corporate and highly liberal.
I fully support freedom of press and of free speech. To their credit some of their work has been great, including most of their work on Net Neutrality, however it's clearly not for the reason of promoting freedom of information.
They showed their true colors to me in their efforts, that they openly brag about to get companies to drop support for the Republican National Convention, due to Donald Trump's "Hateful Rhetoric". That stance is a polar opposite to the ideals of free speech and free press. I am not a member of the RNC, nor a huge fan of Trump. But I will absolutely defend anyone's right to say unpopular things they believe.
Any organization that claims to support free speech and free press needs to support this freedom regardless of the personal likes or dislikes of some of its leaders. For this reason, I have ended my support and would give this group a very low rating.
A fair study of the mass media in the USA and many allied 'western democracies' documents and reveals there is little or no functional "freedom of the press" in any form of corporate owned news media. Even nominally public media like NPR and PBS broadcast the same talking points issued by the same government agencies and secretive think tanks distributed to all the common news 'talking heads' and text 'outlets' in the parlance. Any so called embedded journalist is also a controlled journalist. So the only independent news and information available is via small non-commercial publications, pod casts and web sites. Free Press is one of the organizations I value for supporting honest local, national and international news. Free Press also features political action drives to help fact based news inform public policy and promote the protections in the First Amendment for all citizens.
I discovered Free Press in it's earliest days and was thrilled to find a group of folks who care about public media. Since then, I have tried to support it financially whenever I could. I also do my part to speak out against media consolidation issues and anything else they bring to my attention. Better yet, I teach my college students about FP every semester and make them spend time on the website. Hopefully this educates them to the important issues that FP advocates for. And I hope I am modeling conscientious citizenship for them as well.
I began contributing to Free Press out of concern over net neutrality. This is a fundamental free speech issue these days, but I did not expect much success given the strength of the forces arrayed against net neutrality. Free Press actually won important battles. I continue to support them, because threats to net neutrality and free speech in general are not over. We need Free Press.
I initially became a Free Press monthly supporter because they were fighting for net neutrality. I will continue my support, and hope others will too, because corporations are eliminating the competition, giving us just what big business wants us to know
I've made sporadic donations to the Free Press for maybe five years now, and about a year ago I switched to making a (small) monthly donation. They have produced reports on a variety of topics which I consider important and valuable. They spend the extra time and energy to dig into these stories, and to keep people informed on issues such as net neutrality.
In the spectrum of media reform / media watchdog organizations, Free Press is tied with the Center for Media and Democracy for my top spot, and in terms of net neutrality, it is hands-down number one. I've been a donor for several years and will continue to support them as long as there are media-related policy issues that affect our lives. I rely on them to do the research and advocacy work that I don't have time to do myself, and they never fail to deliver.
I give a small monthly donation to support their work, and they are excellent at keeping me informed about what they are doing and how I can support them in non-monetary ways as well. Free Press is working on crucial issues of our time, because these issues influence the ability to be able to have a functioning democracy. Also, I've attended their National Conference on Media Reform and found it to be an intellectually stimulating and motivating experience.
I rely on Free Press to help keep me up-to-date on current media policy questions. I have also attended two of the "National Conference(s) on Media Reform," sponsored by Free Press, and have found them to be extremely informative, energizing, and very well organized. I give a monthly donation to this group, and am planning to up the amount because I am so pleased with their work.
Excellent work, important issues, affecting change.