Join the Studio Audience

Join the Studio Audience

  • Posted on: 6 March 2007
  • By: john

Get your FREE ticket now to be part of the live studio audience for the fourth episode of "CRITICAL FOCUS: A FORUM ON MEDIA TODAY," a series of media literacy programs being co-produced by CCTV and Somerville Community Access TV. This month’s episode investigates how Media Ownership Affects Content. And it will be cablecast live on Thursday, March 15th from 8:00-9:00 p.m.at the SCAT studio at 90 Union Square in Somerville. Limited seats are available for our live studio audience. Please call SCAT at 617-628-8826 for a free ticket. To read about the panelists for this episode, and the details for all the episodes in this series, please visit our site.

This month’s episode explores the effects of the continuing consolidation of media outlets on what we get to see and hear. The show will give a brief overview of the mass media industry in America today in regards to corporate ownership and discuss specific examples of how ownership has already affected content. Topics will include what studies have shown about the effect of ownership on content; whether there is a definitive correlation between the policies and political candidates that specific media directors/owners support and their own media outlets coverage or non-coverage of those issues and candidates; the difference between media coverage from outlets owned by American for-profit corporations, and media coverage from outlets run by non-profit or governmental agencies; and how new media such as citizen journalism, blogs, and YouTube influence the equation.

Panelists for this show include:
* Dan Kennedy, visiting assistant professor at the Northeastern University School of Journalism and former senior writer and media critic for the Boston Phoenix.
* Paul LaCamera, President of WBUR Group since 2005, and formerly the President and General Manager of WCVB-TV, Boston’s ABC Affiliate.
* Dr. Robert Hilliard, former Dean of Graduate Studies and Dean of Continuing Education at Emerson College, and before that, Chief of the Public Broadcasting Branch of the Federal Communications Commission.
* Yolanda Hippensteele, Outreach Director at Free Press, a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Prior to joining Free Press, she worked at the Independent Media Institute in San Francisco and with the D.C. public affairs firm Bass & Howes.