|Mountain Area Information Network|
Media reform expert to speak Nov. 15
How national media policy affects citizens and local communities will be discussed at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Pack Library's Lord Auditorium in downtown Ashevile.
"Media Policy Affects You -- Start Affecting It" is the title of the free talk by Ben Scott, policy director for Free Press, the national media policy and public-interest advocacy organization founded by media scholar Robert McChesney.
Scott's free talk is sponsored by the Asheville-based nonprofit Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN).
Scott will discuss the growing "media reform" movement and the changing landscape of media policy in Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Issues include:
"Ben Scott's talk comes at a critical time, as Congress revisits the 1996 Telecommunications Act," said Wally Bowen, executive director of MAIN. "Few citizens knew about the 1996 law because the corporate media chose not to cover it. The media reform movement is not going to let that happen this time," he said.
Scott is the co-editor of two books, "The Future of Media" and "Our Unfree Press." His 2004 essay, "The Politics and Policy of Media Ownership," appeared in the American University Law Review. Scott is the former telecommunicatons policy advisor to U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Scott currently directs the Washington office for Free Press, a nonpartisan organization founded in 2003 "to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy debates, and to generate policies that will produce a more competitive and public interest-oriented media system with a strong nonprofit and noncommercial sector."