Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Hooray! My Daughter’s Returned

My globetrotting oldest daughter, Molly (13), returned Thursday night (midnight) from her trip to Europe with her Spanish club. She had been first to France and then Spain with Educational Tours. She is so tired, but excited (printing up photos) and more determined than ever to work for the United Nations. (She also was tired of bread products for breakfast!) So, that adventure is over. Whew!

April 4, 2009 Posted by | family | 1 Comment

A Plan to Save U.S. Newspapers

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but amidst all the other economic bad news, the U.S. newspapers are in big trouble.  The recession/depression is the immediate problem, but the longterm bad news for newspapers is that their business model (sell advertising which reaches large amounts of people because of the paper’s wide circulation) no longer works.  Circulations are plummeting as people read the news online, watch it on TV (network and/or cable), listen to it on the radio, etc.  All for free.  So, many newspapers are going bankrupt or ceasing publication. Others are laying off reporters and staff, cutting back local reporting (the heart of their readership), etc.

None of this is good for our democracy.  We need a free press. We need more in-depth reporting than TV or radio can provide and we need more local reporting than online sources provide.  Enter, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and the Newspaper Revitalization Act.  Sen. Cardin’s plan to save our free press would allow those newspapers who wanted to do so to become non-profit enterprises, like Public radio and TV.  The idea is to save the local reporting.

I hope it works.

April 4, 2009 Posted by | media reform | 9 Comments