For Immediate Release Ford Foundation grant critical to implementation of campaign to reform U.S. media landscape

Posted on July 17, 2006

The Common Cause Education Fund is pleased to announce that the Ford Foundation has awarded it a $100,000 grant in support of the Media and Democracy Coalition.

The Media and Democracy Coalition represents 23 diverse groups that have joined forces to create a collaborative framework to work for reform of the media landscape in America. Funding from the Ford Foundation will be critical to the implementation of this campaign, especially in developing capacity at the state and local levels in educating, engaging, and convening new stakeholders on media reform issues, as well as and involving and connecting them with media policy debates at the federal level.

The goals of the Media and Democracy Coalition are to create a shared vision for an open and vibrant media that is accessible and responsive to the needs and interests of all Americans, and to develop and implement strategies for engaging the public in critical media debates and decisions that will shape the future of this essential aspect of our society for decades to come.

Members of the Media and Democracy Coalition include: Alliance for Community Media, Benton Foundation, CCTV Center for Media and Democracy, Center for Creative Voices in Media, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Federation of America, Common Cause, Consumers Union Free Press, Future of Music Coalition, Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown Law School, Media Access Project, Media Alliance, Media Tank, National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, National Hispanic Media Coalition, New America Foundation, Newspaper Guild-CWA, Office of Communications of United Church of Christ, Inc., Prometheus Radio Project, Reclaim the Media, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, US Public Interest Research Group and the Youth Media Council

The Media and Democracy Coalition is a project of the Common Cause Education Fund.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: Media and Democracy

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

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