November 2010

Why Aren’t Minorities Working in Radio Journalism Anymore, and Why Hasn’t the FCC Done Anything About It?

November 30, 2010

Tweet Minorities have been disappearing from radio journalism in the past decade, despite the importance of diversity in communications. The Radio Television Digital News Association, or RTDNA, reported that in 2009, minorities represented only 8.9% of the radio work force while the U.S. minority population was 34.4%. Unfortunately, this is not a new trend. In […]

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The Future of Satellite Radio?

November 28, 2010

Tweet What is the promise, and what is the future, of satellite radio? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is wrestling with that issue now as it rewrites the terms of the 2008 merger of the only two satellite radio companies, Sirius and XM. A little background: Sirius and XM each use satellites to beam radio […]

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Taking Time to Give Thanks

November 25, 2010

Tweet We have much to be thankful for. The last year has been a tumultuous one for technology policy in the United States. We at MMTC have been working hard to feature positive developments and fight negative trends. It is easy to get caught up in such a frenzied pace of advocacy that your actions […]

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Blazing the Trail Toward Digital Equality

November 24, 2010

Tweet A new era is upon us, and we stand strong in our support for those who paved the road to digital freedom and equal opportunity upon which we trod. For generations, our civil rights organizations and elected officials have been steadfast in their commitment to an enhanced quality of life for all – especially […]

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Oh, The Unemployment Rate is Frightful…

November 22, 2010

Tweet The holiday shopping season is now upon us, and none too soon. The economy needs the buzz, and a lot of Americans need the work. Getting a sales job at the mall or grabbing another seasonal position — say, temporary work with a shipping company — is now the make-or-break dream for millions of […]

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Keith Murphy, Veteran Broadcaster, Dies at 56 After Fall

November 19, 2010

Tweet Excerpt from Richard Prince’s Journal-isms™ Keith Murphy, a veteran Milwaukee broadcaster whose “The Urban Journal” was heard nationally five days a week on Sirius/XM radio, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He fell Saturday in an apartment he had just rented in that city, his wife, Delores Murphy, told Journal-isms. Murphy turned […]

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So You Want to Start a Broadband-Based Business, but You Don’t Have the Funds… Never Fear, the FCC is Here!

November 17, 2010

Tweet On November 12, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a “Capitalization Strategies Workshop for Small, Women, and Minority-Owned Businesses,” and I must admit, I walked away wishing that I had an idea for a start-up broadband-based business. The FCC workshop could not have come at a better time. President Obama has declared this […]

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Adding Fuel to the Fire: Assessing NTIA’s Broadband Adoption Study

November 15, 2010

Tweet Last week, the National Telecommunications and Information Agency, or NTIA, the executive branch’s advisory body for telecommunications and information policy, released a report on broadband adoption. The top-line finding – that about 64% of all households in the United States currently use broadband to access the Internet – was very encouraging, especially when read […]

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Why I love “I Love My Hair”

November 11, 2010

Tweet The e-mail message asked me, “Have you heard of this ‘Sesame Street’ video? It has caused a bit of a sensation.” Indeed it has, certainly with my friends and I. “I Love My Hair” is one of those instant cultural connectors that the Web provides, a link that becomes a touchstone, a “Have you […]

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Political Engagement Hinges on Our Digital Literacy

November 10, 2010

Tweet Politics has gone viral. The Internet now represents an important medium for political discourse and information. Politicians, news organizations, and government agencies have grasped this concept and are now Internet and digitally savvy. They have quality access, presence, and navigational expertise that has enabled them, should they effectively use it, to pierce every issue […]

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