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Want to find out what's happening in your town? Turn to public TV!

by Pat Aufderheide

Want to find out what’s happening in your town? Don’t wait for the news on your local network TV station. Public TV is still covering the beat, though. That’s the news from Professors Michael Yan and Philip Napoli at Fordham University, who reported the results of a study of local public affairs coverage in the latest issue of Journal of Communication. Researchers looked at 285 TV stations, and found that public TV aired several hours of local public affairs within a two-week period, compared with commercial TV’s 45 minutes.

Notes from Panel Discussion: Improving Education Through Youth Media

The Center for Social Media, in collaboration with Critical Exposure, the American University Community Service Office and Teach For America co-sponsored a panel discussion focusing on the power of youth media to shape public discourse. The meeting, entitled Improving Education Through Youth Media, took place on December 5, 2006 at American University.Read more...

Gossip columnist challenged on 'Fair Use'

"Gossip gangstar" Perez Hilton is being sued by paparazzi photo agency X17 Inc. for his use of over 50 photos on his Hollywood gossip blog, according to the LA Times, "Perez Hilton takes their best shots." From the article, "If it turns out that what he does is copyright infringement — rather than a Fair Use of newsworthy images, as Hilton's attorney claims — it would not only put a serious crimp in the photo-driven field of gossip blogs, but possibly create new case law. Read more...

Fair Use question about access to footage

Want your questions on Fair Use Answered?? Check out the new Fair Use FAQ! Read more...

Vlogs, iPods and Beyond: Public Media's Terrifying Opportunities