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Causes: Arts & Culture, Censorship, Freedom of Speech & Press, Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Media & Communications

Mission: Free Press fights for your rights to connect and communicate. Free Press believes that positive social change, racial justice and meaningful engagement in public life require equitable access to technology, diverse and independent ownership of media platforms, and journalism that holds leaders accountable and tells people what’s actually happening in their communities. We believe that the struggle for racial justice must be at the center of transforming our media and our democracy. We focus on saving Net Neutrality, achieving affordable internet access for all, uplifting the voices of people of color in the media, challenging old and new media gatekeepers to serve the public interest, ending unwarranted surveillance, defending press freedom and reimagining local journalism.

Results: Free Press and its allied 501(c)4 organization, Free Press Action Fund, have engaged and mobilized millions of people in crucial media policy debates. Free Press and its 1.4 million members have challenged the most egregious corporate and governmental attacks on the open internet, press freedom and public broadcasting — and won some remarkable victories. For more on our accomplishments and impact to date, please see our reports at www.freepress.net/about

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: Free Press seeks to bring about quality journalism and equitable access to media and technology. We work for: • Internet Freedom: We’re fighting to defend Net Neutrality — and make the internet more accessible and affordable for its users. •Fight for Media Diversity: We're analyzing media company mergers — and mobilizing millions of people to demand that decision-makers act in the public interest. • Defend Press Freedom: We’re speaking out against attacks on journalists and protecting the First Amendment in the digital age. • News Voices: We're helping communities improve local journalism to better respond to their need for information. • Curb Mass Surveillance: We’re at the center of a broad and diverse network of civil liberties groups working to rein in unchecked government spying.

Community Stories

142 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredibly hard working staff, with a clear mission to defend and preserve important issues that are under more threat than ever before. Whether it is net neutrality, freedom of press, equitable access to technology for all, the brilliant people at Free Press work tirelessly to help make the world a better place for all of us, one day at a time.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Question: Who funds Free Press and by how much?
Question: To rate a non-profit, should it not be part of that rating, to know where their money comes from?

This would help insure that the non-profit is not a front or astroturfing organization.

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slongsmith 08/17/2015

Thank you InquiringMind for your query. Please note the Free Press gift acceptance policy: "Free Press is supported solely by gifts from individuals and charitable foundations. We don’t take a cent from business, government or political parties, so your contribution makes a big difference — and helps us stay independent." For information on funders, Free Press annual reports, IRS 990s and our audited financial reports are all available for viewing on our website at www.freepress.net/aboutus. Because there are so many charity review sites out there, it is challenging to populate each one with a high level of detail. However, our profile at GuideStar is fairly comprehensive and aggregates information from a variety of sources. Please see: http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/41-2106721/free-press.aspx

2 Mark164

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am an independent US journalist. I've written at Huffington Post, Daily Kos, etc. Freedom of the press is a major focus of my journalism. (http://muckrack.com/mark-taylor-canfield/portfolio)

I have found Free Press to be a great resource for information regarding press freedom and media democracy. Recently I served as a member of a delegation on net neutrality that visited US Senator Maria Cantwell's office. The delegation was organized by Free Press.

NOTE: According to the Reporters Without Borders 2015 World Press Freedom Index report, the United States has dropped to 49th in the world in terms of freedom of the press. (http://rsf.org)
We can do much better than this!

Free Press is one group that is taking on the challenge of promoting media democracy and I must applaud them for providing journalists like me with important information and updates. They deserve your support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For a few weeks, I was involved in Free Press via email list and didn't know truly what the organization was all about. I knew the cause that they were fighting, and I was definitely in support of them.

There was a conference call this past week for anyone who wanted to join, and I was blown away. The knowledge base, the consideration, and the overall professionalism of Free Press, makes me want to get even more involved. It seems like with so many people supporting the cause that a lot of people would go unnoticed, but I feel like Free Press is willing to give any person with passion a chance to change the fight.

Thank You!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been impressed with the professionalism and clarity of this organization. They helped communicate the truth about what ISPs were trying to do in a clear way. I appreciated that all of their emails that referenced news or research included links to the item sited. I attended a teleconference the other day that was professionally facilitated and provided excellent information about where the Free Press thinks the fight will go next.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you Mary Alice, though I didn't get to comment yesterday it was good to see so many people from across America. It's a great thing that you/we have accomplished but I for one know this battle far from over.

No one spoke of how an open internet is a gateway for the little guy and entrepreneurship. Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook all started from nothing. Tax payers helped pay for its creation and we need to keep it for everyone.

As I listened the other thing that came to me is how accessible members Free Press were to me and I assume others. I've had conversations over the years through twitter, mainly with Tim Karr. He was friendly and not dismissive. It was refreshing.

Maybe in the future there can be an open discussion/comments and opinions from the callers/posters. I've done a few "Group Discussions" and it's surprising what you can learn from other's experiences.

I'm always in awe of those special persons that give their time to make our world better.

Thank you again.

Robert L. I

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Free Press goes above and beyond to remain dedicated to educating and updating the connected public to the issues affecting communication and connectivity in our country. I was impressed that they offered a teleconference for the public to join and thought their speakers provided worthwhile perspectives and commentary.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I learned of Free Press from their campaign to uphold real Net Neutrality. I participated in a recent call and I was impressed by their honesty and commitment to fighting for the rights of average people. They are a very inclusive and down-to-earth group that are not afraid to take on the lobbyist groups in Washington. While most of us complain and suffer defeat after defeat, they take action and make their voices heard. They are truly worth our support.

- Daniel Canales
Houston, TX

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I did not appreciate the severity of the threat to Internet freedom. I've always taken it for granted. Free Press made me very aware of what I might lose and continue to lose. In particular, because I realize how vital a role the Internet plays in places where there is very little freedom. We need this resource to be free of discrimination, tampering and censorship.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work that Free Press is doing cannot be understated. In this world of corporate rule they are showing everyone that with determination we can make government work for us.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very professional group. I really appreciated the conference call Free Press put together with other organizations fighting for Net Neutrality. So often we only interact with nonprofits through email and social media. It was nice to hear their voices and even be given an opportunity to comment and ask questions.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following them with respect to the net neutrality debate. From what I have seen they do a lot of work in coordinating people into action. They recently had a phone conference open to the public in which they outlined their process in times ahead. Especially on how to fight congressional pushes to try to pass laws overriding FCC's recent decision.

3 Adrence A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great group with dedicated member of management. Grassroots members are amazing, brave and loyal to the cause. The Internet is a place for all and no one, not even government should claim it as their own for their interest. The conference call today, open my eyes that with the right push and effort, we could turn the table and help to maintain the rights for free speech even in the cyberspace.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board of around a dozen nonprofit organizations over the past 25 years. There is no doubt that Free Press is the best managed and organized group I have overseen. The waste factor is all but nonexistent. Every penny is spent like it has a manhole cover attached to it. Planning is taken seriously and strictly adhered to, allowing for necessary flexibility. Consequently the group has proven far more effective than scores of other groups that have equal or larger annual budgets. It is all about taking care of the work at hand and leaving the theatrics to others.

4 Bonnie Beth P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group works very hard at trying to make sure we get news that is truthful and they are working very hard on net neutrality.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was quite surprised that Free Press has such a small group of people who effectively take on national problems and concerns.
They are working hard to fight for internet freedom that is to the public interest, yet it is a shame that most of the public is still not aware of their efforts or not much at all. They should get whole a lot more support and attention for what they are doing.
Looking at the webpage, I am really impressed by their staff's experience and abilities. They must be a top organization with exciting mission to draw so many excellent young people to work there.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free Press is doing some of the most important work in our day to make sure that the virtual public space of the internet remains free, democratic, and accessible to all. Their success is everyone's success. Great work!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first discovered Free Press about 10 years ago when I was working to get women's voices and opinions more widely included in the mainstream media, and found the organization to be an ally in seeking increased diversity in the media. I also worked with them in urging the Federal Elections Commission to block the increasing consolidation of the media that was resulting in a concentration of opinions and limiting the expression of opposing views.

As a proud board member of the organization for several years, I believe that Free Press' effective nationwide campaigns have been indispensable in building public demand to keep the internet "free and open" and to expand public media and independent journalism. What an effective and important organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am continually amazed at how innovative Free Press is. They are amazing organizers who know how to build popular support for change. The work they're doing right now to save Net Neutrality and protect free expression online is so important. I'm honored to support this organization.

1 jasonmogus

Client Served

Rating: 4

I had the pleasure of working with Free Press extensively in the winter of 2013/14, leading a whole scale internal review around how they engaged their supporters in their work, and then an organizational transformation to become more effective at doing so.

They asked smart questions, did the work to find out what was working and what needed to change, and didn't shy away from the tough decisions required to renew their organization and focus on the future.

Free Press always has been and through this continual renewal will continue to reside at the forefront of global activism with their powerful online program, vision for true supporter engagement, and strongly collaborative and network oriented role they play in broader movements. Definitely a worthy organization and one I was proud to help support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Free Press for over 10 years. They are a quality organization that does quality work for real impact. Free Press is organizing people for real change and helping craft policies for a media system that serves people not profits. They are the best.

3 Aitza H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked this past summer as a Policy Intern at the Free Press Washington, DC, office, under the direct supervision of Joe Torres. I can truly say that it was one of the most complete, enriching, nurturing, enlightening and enjoyable experiences of my entire life. From day one, we (the interns) were treated with a lot of respect and enthusiasm. The entire staff, even the ones in Florence, made us feel really welcomed! In terms of workload, there was always something new and interesting to do. From doing research and writing memos at the office, to holding signs in a demonstration in front of the FCC, to suiting up for meetings at the Hill. It was an eight week adventure! And it helped to reaffirm my desire for pursuing a career in where I can merge my legal and my communications background while doing public interest work. The only negative aspect of the entire experience was having to say good bye to such an amazing team. Working at Free Press was with no doubt an experience that I will always cherish, and will forever carry in my heart. Thanks!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a media action intern at Free Press in the Florence office this summer, helping to organize in-district meetings with Senators and other events around the issue of Net Neutrality. The training we got was better and more practical than many of my classes and I learned many excellent skills that I will use going forward. I felt that the work I did was meaningful and useful and it confirmed my plan to work in a mission-driven non-profit when I graduate. In addition, the staff at Free Press are smart, dedicated, and passionate about what they do and they treat each other with respect. I've worked in a lot of different places and Free Press is extremely high-functioning.

4 Eric66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a summer intern for Free Press in the Florence office and was very satisfied by the warm welcome I got from all of the friendly staff. The work I was given all contributed to the overall goals of Free Press, I was given thorough training on both the issues we worked with and the tools we used and was afforded a lot of flexibility by my supervisors.

Instead of getting coffee for others, like in many unpaid corporate internships, I was given a small stipend and instead of fetching coffee, was given it free every morning with explicit instructions to NOT make it in the morning.

The work that Free Press does plays an integral part in protecting internet freedom. I had the chance to talk with people all around the country during my time with Free Press and heard both impressive and appalling stories about the lives of our supporters and the trials and tribulations of dealing with the corruption of the telecommunication industry. Free Press truly is a supporter-based organization is does a wonderful job at mobilizing and empowering their many supporters around the country. Whether its through a Senate Judiciary Field Hearing in Vermont, a panel with FCC Chairman Wheeler in New Mexico or a rally at a Presidential Fundraiser in Los Angeles, Free Press impressed me with its strong network of supporters around the country and ability to tap into this invaluable resource.

Monique10

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Freepress found a great way to include voices of all ages at the "save the internet," rally in Los Angeles on July 23, 2014. President Obama landed in the high school directly a cross from us and it was held in a park with high traffic and visibility. What an excellent experience...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was a great experience working with Free Press to raise awareness among Hawai'i senators on the Net Neutrality issue.

Free Press made it easy for regular people like myself to get in touch with my Senator's senior political advisors. Free Press held a short telephone call to discuss the issue, scheduled a meeting date/time/location and gave me a link to a short, well-written overview of the issue which the political staff appreciated receiving. They also put me in touch with several other folks who care about the same issue so we could share our stories and assist each other when meeting with the political staff.

Both Senator's policy advisors said this was the first time they had directly encountered the Net Neutrality issue. So it raised their awareness and made it more likely they could advise the Senator appropriately about the nuances of the issue when it comes up for Congressional action.

This is how representative democracy is supposed to work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I participated (mostly by listening) in a conference call in which the challenge to net neutrality was discussed and some of the things that can be done. While, I did know most of the information presented, I did pick up a few new pieces of knowledge. The moderator, Alice Crim, was well prepared and knew her 'stuff.' I believe that this organization is heading in the right direction and is true to its mission statement.
Without a free press and net neutrality, we might as well pack in this 'Great Experiment' known as the United States. The ideals on which this country was founded are under attack from all sides. An open, free and neutral internet is simply the best tool that we have for fighting to keep the dream alive. So, I am interested in seeing what else this organization can come up with to spread the word, especially to the to-date uninformed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I very much appreciated the news I got from Free Press e-mails. It mattered even more to me when they gave me detailed information on a topic very important to me, and gave me the chance be part of a group talking to my Senator's staff on the topic.

The Free Press staff were extremely well organized and put together a good group of people to speak on various issues. I felt we made a strong impression on the Senator's staff, and am grateful for Free Press's expertise.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Free Press has been a constant source of support for the Democracy and Media Literacy course I teach at Andover High School in Andover, Massachusetts. The vast resources and presentations that Free Press has provided or directed me to are invaluable. Our course would not be the twelve year success that it is. Free Press has played an integral role in graduating hundreds of active, well-informed and engage citizens.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Free Press 'Media Reform Daily' email is my cornerstone to understanding the media landscape in this country today. Technically informed and tuned to social justice, this organization deserves acclaim and support!

2 monica.ruck

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Free Press lives up to it's mission, "..powerful nationwide movement to change media and technology policies, promote the public interest and strengthen democracy." I live in the SF Bay Area and follow their research closely - a wonderful resource!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The work of Free Press is more important than ever. In a world of huge money in politics, media consolidation, and government spying, it's imperative to have an organization that advocates for diverse media and Internet freedom. And as the media landscape changes, I appreciate that Free Press sheds light on the safety of the journalists who are so necessary for our democracy. Thanks for all of your work, Free Press!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free Press (@freepress) is a staple and go-to resource for current information. I respect their thoughtful perspective and willingness to share unbiased news, unaffected by corporate influence.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

it was a terrific event, and i especially appreciated seeing the fcc represented. i wish it had been more widely advertised and that more people had attended, but the event itself was great. as a move to amend member and activist, i want to thank you for the wonderful plug!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Free Press was founded when people were just beginning to become aware of the consolidation of the corporate media landscape and the impact of the 1996 Telecomm Act. The FCC was poised to allow further consolidation. I had run a workshop on media ownership with Mark Crispin Miller and Michael Morgan two years earlier at the founding of the Cultural Environment Movement, which drew about 12 people. Free Press put out the call for its first conference, expecting maybe 200. I think it was closer to 1,200. It hit just the right notes and the right time, and people have responded. Obscure FCC rule changes were brought into the light. Some were turned around by popular resistance led by Free Press. They have maintained a vital leadership role in the movement to foster a more democratic media landscape and terrain for democracy to fight for survival against the onslaught of corporate power. It is not just a good organization; it is an essential one.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Two great speakers who completed each other nicely. I felt privileged to be able to get this live presentation in Boston. While there are a multitude of single issue worthy organizations, I feel Free Press has the right approach to deal at the root level with the problems American society is currently facing and that their efforts are likely to benefit all of the other causes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am only a new viewer of this resource so my knowledge is limited. However what interaction I have had has been insightful - enlightening - um. I truly appreciate the ability to access information that otherwise might not be available so readily. Thank you. Miss Justine Bruce@missjustine39

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Concerning Free Press I have found them to be a useful tool as an independent journalist. Whenever I need to put together information I am working on for a story or piece I can always turn to Free Press for the R & D! I gladly and proudly endorse as well as support the efforts of FP, and you should too. All the best!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently spent a summer volunteering at Free Press as part of their Media Action Bootcamp. It was through this program that I was able to see (and contribute to) Free Press' efforts on a day to day basis.

As a masters student in Public Policy, I was initially skeptical of the role which non profits can have in changing public policy, but the dedicated and knowledgeable staff at FP worked tirelessly in their efforts to advance their policy goals and educate the public about the issues which are key to FP's mission.

Their strategy of inside/outside organizing really was effective (something which I initially doubted would be the case) and their entire staff was a pleasure to work with during my time there. I will certainly be supportive of FP going forward.

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slongsmith 08/30/2013

Thanks for reviewing, Chris! We're so lucky to have you as part of the media reform movement. Also, so that you know, our new office manager is actively working on the conference room temperature!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since its inception, the Free Press organization has been a vital source of educating, training, and assistance for existing and upcoming citizen journalists nationwide, especially through its National Conference for Media Reform meetings. Our media organization—Global Voices for Justice—and I owe a great gratitude to this organization to helping us understand the nation and local issues regarding the workings of media, especially in the field of radio and video. Free Press organization has become the watchdog and whistle blower for the Right of people to have access to public airwaves, and if we all understood this idea, the nation as a whole would be in a much better situation. Definitely, its through the work of Free Press that the citizens’ concerns regarding communication devices—cell phone and Internet-- and media—radio, TV, and cable-- have gradually become an integral part of considerations leading to establishing policies that affects our lives.
Mansoor Sabbagh,
director of Global Voices for Justice

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm an educator and graduate student and brought a student to the Boston conference. We really enjoyed the speakers and panels, especially one the DIY radio. I learned to solder wires and really enjoyed the feeling of media empowerment!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The innovative leaders at Free Press are incredible examples on how to transform the social justice space and build a pipeline for diverse leaders in this space. NCMR was a transformative experience and I'm so glad I was able to connect with like-minds in the media justice space. Thank you Free Press for your support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a recent graduate I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to the National Conference to Media Reform, while I'm no stranger to professional networking events and conferences, this event was by far the most engaging doorway into the world of modern media I've been privileged to enjoy. Whether covering appropriate language use, social media practices, the use of humor and satire or political regulation - Free Press sets a high standard and inspires others to do more. I wish more non-profits were so bold.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free Press afforded me the opportunity to attend the 2011 National Conference on Media Reform. This opportunity reignited the activist in me and opened my eyes and ears.

2 Joy_

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free Press is an invaluable organization to anyone working in the area of media literacy. I attended the National Conference for Media Reform in 2011 and what I learned there made it possible for me to work more effectively with my community college students. The conference was so rich - and addressed many areas of media reform. I know I have the next one on my calendar!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard of free press on an announcement for their first National Conference on Media Reform in Madison WI in 2003. I attended, and have attended all of them since, including the most recent one in Boston last April, and I hope to attend the next one in Denver next year. All of these conferences have been spectacular with big name speakers as well as lots of interaction with other "civilians" from around the country and a great wealth of information on media reform issues. I have also have had help and support on local media reform issues from Free Press staffers, and interviews from Free Press luminaries for my community radio station show. This is an important and vitally needed organization - as cofounder Robert McChesney put it, journalism is in a deep, profound, existential crisis and that means that democracy itself is in an existential crisis. This organization is helping us do something constructive about these crises.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free Press plays an integral role in connecting the public to the country’s most pressing media, technology and journalism-related issues. I have attended three Free Press Media Reform-based conferences and can confidently attest they were not only coordinated and executed with remarkable professionalism but were insightful, informative and invaluable to the media reform movement. Through innovative campaigns, newsletters, social media, creative videos and petitions, the organization exemplifies what a committed non-profit should. In a time when the media environment is plagued with increased concentration and fewer voices (and not to mention one that scarcely informs the public about these vital media policy issues), their passion for supporting diversity, inclusion and alternative sources of news should be commended, fostered and certainly praised. The work done by Free Press is imperative to ensuring our media system serves the public rather than the profit-margin– a mission necessary to sustaining a viable democracy. Whether you are an activist, a policy analyst, a scholar, a journalist, a technologist or simply a citizen who cares about media, Free Press is an organization you should become familiar with.

2 Byul S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Free Press is Great. a lot of exciting programs and interesting people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was given a scholarship to attend the National Conference on Media Reform. The wonderful opportunity afforded me allowed for an exponential increase in my knowledge and a chance to connect with like minded people. The work done by Free Press is ever more essential in a world of media consolidation, new communications tools arising each moment and no common ground from which to view everything. Free Press is the advocacy organization needed to keep "we the people" informed and engaged in what is truly a fight for freedom.

craig newmark

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Hey, these guys help us all out by fighting for online rights. Seriously, we're all under attack by bad actors, like the very day I write this, in Congress, regarding SOPA. It could kill any site with user generated content, like user review sites.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The folks at Free Press believe that there's still a place for community-based journalism and that's the work they are pushing forward every day.


Okay, you hear me talking "trust is the new black" and that power and influence will shift dramatically to the people and groups with the best reputations and largest networks. The power and influence landscape in 2020 will look very different from now.


I feel this applies to media, and that the media landscape at that point will reflect those flows of power and influence. Among news organizations, the successful survivors will be the ones that build a culture of trust, largely by checking facts, and not tolerating disinformation.

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slongsmith 07/07/2011

Thanks for your comments and review, Craig! Your input and support have been so valuable. Our 500,000 activists work for universally accessible communications, from the hyper-local to the global. And it's all thanks to great tools that allow us to network and join together, as you mention. Together, onward! Sara Longsmith, FP staff.

1 Julie S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been donating on a monthly basis to Free Press for quite some time now. I view this organization as essential to the maintenance of our "free" society. I am a lawyer representing indigent defendants in criminal appeals. In my work, I see the steady chipping away of constitutional rights by our courts in one result-oriented opinion after another. But the attack is not limited to the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments, those you most often see tested in criminal appeals -- the 1st Amendment is under steady attack as well. In my opinion, Free Press does a top notch job of exposing the behind-the-scenes machinations of the corporate media and protecting our rights to free, unadulterated information. If I could afford more in my monthly donation, I would give more.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I depend on Free Press to keep me abreast of the Congressional idiots marching to the tunes of their corporate masters. Free Press is my only real source of media truth. I particularly appreciate Free Press for letting me know which Obama- appointed idiots are gaming the system nationally and when the public needs to fight back. Media matters seem to get little attention from the corrupted, consolidated press corps except for Free Press. So I'm grateful for their vigilance.

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slongsmith 07/28/2011

Dear Wimhoa! Thank you for the great review--Free Press activists are among the most passionate, informed, and dedicated e-activists out there and you are obviously no exception! I think your comment about Media Matters is an interesting one. We do work closely with them on certain issues--their primary focus is to uncover and correct misinformation in the media, which they do exceedingly well! Free Press is the only organization working to strengthen both media content AND infrastructure (on all communications platforms). That means that in addition to monitoring and exposing government and corporate wrongdoing, we want to build up a media system that is more inclusive, diverse, and accessible. So we will promote investigative journalism, Net Neutrality protections, diverse media ownership etc. AND increased broadband deployment, a more robust public media system, etc. We will continue to collaborate with Media Matters when it makes sense--with more plans in the works--and join with other allies on other issues. In the meantime, thanks for joining us! Together, stronger! ~Sara Longsmith, FP staff

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Donor

Rating: 5

Free Press is the only charity I give to every month. The press is the only industry mentioned in The Constitution. Our press is in trouble, and that means our country is in trouble. Free Press fights for my right to know the truth.

Chad S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I refer to this the Free Press website all the time as an example of top-notch e-activism. Brilliant videos and scorching resources.

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slongsmith 07/28/2011

Thanks for your fabulous review, Chad, and for keeping the heat notched up on our political representatives!

1 Dan F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With the corporate take over of our media over the last many years our education and democracy have suffered. It is groups like Free Press that fight the good fight to protect us from people with names like Rush or Hannity or Rupert.

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slongsmith 07/28/2011

Hi Dan, thank you for reviewing Free Press! Together with informed, vocal people, such as yourself, we will be able to reinvigorate the public media system and advocate for more diverse media ownership! ~Sara Longsmith, FP staff

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have watched the news from media in the US being eroded methodically by special interests over the past 30-40 years. It has become little more than "sound bites" and distraction rather than information . As a result I turned more and more to PBS stations to get real information - and have been appalled by so-called "conservatives" who want to silence any voices that do not agree with them. I don't like everything I see on PBS either, but that doesn't mean it is valueless. As those efforts to supress progressed, free press has been a bastion of support for those of us who don't want to lose what appears to be our last balanced voice in the media. It is a group we can count on to do their best to keep our internet access free and open as well.

1 Eesha W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Free Press is great! I support them in any way I can.

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slongsmith 07/28/2011

Thanks for your review, Eesha! Free Press agrees that we need to exert more pressure from outside the Beltway! This summer, we're undertaking some serious in-district organizing so that real people can directly engage their political representatives! I hope you can join us! ~Sara Longsmith, FP staff

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe the revival of a strong, honest, and independent media is the most critical ingredient to the future of American democracy. After I attended my first of the FreePress national conferences (the best conference of a broad variety that I have attended over the years), I decided that FreePress was at the forefront of that revival, and has since been my Number One charity.

Donor

Rating: 4

I've been a supporter of freepress.net since 2005. Among other things, they have been at the forefront of efforts to keep Public Broadcasting from being killed by the Republicans. Imperfect as it is, Public Broadcasting offers the only semblance of actual journalism available on broadcast television. It is vital that real news be disseminated to the public rather than the corporate drivel and propaganda on the networks and cable "news" channels. That's one reason I support freepress.net

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have attended two of the National Media Reform Conferences sponsored by Free Press and I have been deeply impressed by the level of expertise and commitment they bring to the crucial, but underappreciated task of spotlighting the shortcomings of our nation's media system.

This is an issue with political, economic, and technological dimensions and Free Press helps people understand all three of these areas.

No other group takes as broad a view of this issue as does Free Press

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Rating: 5

I've been a monthy recurring donor to Free Press for several years. I get their email alerts, and I often respond to their calls to contact media organizations and individuals about various shortcomings and travesties. I attended the NCMR in Minneapolis two or three years ago and was very impressed with the many media activists in attendance and the quality of the seminars and presentations. I live far away from any city and Free Press helps me keep up with the issues of the media as well as do what I can to help democracy survive by supporting a free press.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support FreePress because they are powerful advocates for preserving independent news sources and keeping the internet open. I'm a "broadband activist", working to bring high-speed internet access to underserved rural communities in Western Massachusetts, so I especially appreciate FreePress's efforts to prevent major corporations from controlling internet access. I also find the information they provide by email to be very valuable.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Free Press is inclusive of all peoples including Native Americans. Media reform is not only complex but a huge challenge for Indian Country where our voice on the media and digital divides are often not heard. Free Press provides a critically important role by representing the interests of some of the most vulnerable and un-served populations in the United States on Communications and Telecommunications issues.

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slongsmith 07/27/2011

Thanks so much for the feedback! Having just attended the NAJA conference it's apparent to me how important media reform is for Indian Country and how valuable Free Press's work is in those communities. And I agree maintaining long-term financial sustainability is a challenge but having committed, engaged and supportive board members like you will help us to continue to progress in the right direction and make change to the media landscape no matter how long it takes. Cheers - Jessy

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Rating: 5

Free Press has been a leader in the movement to keep our democracy vibrant through ensuring that the means of distributing information (i.e. media, internet, TV, etc.) remain democratic. They have been especially prominent in the fight to maintain the internet as a free space for the flowering of creative and political potential. I have been a monthly donor to Free Press for two years and I am continually impressed with the enormous amount of advocacy work they do on such a tight budget. Without any hesitation, I recommend them to volunteers and donors as a place where what you do and give makes a huge difference.

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slongsmith 07/27/2011

Thanks for your comments and review! Your ongoing support via your monthly gifts are so important to our work - our work for universally accessible communications, from the local to the global. And yes, our work to maintain internet as a free space for the flowering of creative and political potential is essential! Without donors and activists like you, we couldn't do it. Together we fight the good fight, onward! Amy Altwarg Clough, Free Press Staff.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Free Press has provided a strong voice in support of the actual fair and balanced news that comes from non-commercial, locally owned, public media. The system of PBS and NPR and their locally-controlled member stations has benefited from the research and advocacy work of Free Press.

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slongsmith 07/07/2011

Thanks for the feedback and for your past support, Michael! One of our current goals is to refresh our intellectual capital, especially in the realm of continuing our research on viable and sustainable public media models. We've done a lot of groundwork in this area (see http://www.savethenews.org/public-media/resources)and we hope you will be helping to lead efforts to implement the most promising strategies. Please stay in touch. ~Sara Longsmith, FP staff