My thanks to Conscious Choice for reporting on the National Conference on Media Reform (December 2003, Choice News, "How to Take Back Our Media?") which I attended. The story mentioned Jesse Jackson and Studs Terkel among the Chicagoans who participated, but many other Chicago participants worthy of mention include representatives from the progressive, community-oriented radio stations WLUW (88.7 FM) and WZRD (88.3 FM), Chciago Access Network Television (CAN TV) and the activist organizations Chicago Indymedia and Chicago Media Action.
Chicago can boast a number of media activist-related achievements in 2003, including the hosting of the Midwest Forum on Media Ownership, the return of "Democracy Now" to Chicago's airwaves (WZRD, weekdays at 7 am), and the Chicago City Council unanimously passing a resolution of media diversity, which inspired a half-dozen other U.S. cities to pass similar resolutions.
Mitchell Szczepanczyk, President
Chicago Media Action, Chicago
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