TO-DO LIST FOR MEDIA REFORM ACTIVISTS
1. COLLECT SIGNATURES ON THE "OUR DEMOCRACY, OUR AIRWAVES" DECLARATION.
Fax them to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign at 608-255-4359 or mail them to us at 210 North Bassett Street, Suite 215, Madison, WI 53703. To download a printable version of the declaration, go here. (Pdf file requiring Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have it, you can download Adobe Acrobat for free here.)
2. ORGANIZE A COMMUNITY FORUM OR NEIGHBORHOOD DISCUSSION GROUP TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE NEED FOR MEDIA REFORM.
3. JOIN THE DEMOCRACY CAMPAIGN.
5. JOIN THE NATIONAL EFFORT TO PRESERVE A FREE AND OPEN INTERNET.
6. CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS TO URGE THEM TO ACTIVELY WORK TO PRESERVE INTERNET FREEDOM THROUGH NET NEUTRALITY AND PUSH FOR PASSAGE OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION REQUIRING BROADCAST TV STATIONS TO PROVIDE CANDIDATES WITH FREE AIR TIME BEFORE ELECTIONS.
7. WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER ABOUT THE FAILURE OF BROADCASTERS TO SERVE THE PUBLIC INTEREST BY MEANINGFULLY COVERING ELECTIONS AND THE NEED FOR MEDIA REFORMS LIKE THE OUR DEMOCRACY, OUR AIRWAVES ACT.
8. ORGANIZE A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO GO MEET WITH STATION MANAGERS AND NEWS DIRECTORS AT YOUR LOCAL TELEVISION STATIONS TO EXPRESS YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT THE QUALITY OF COVERAGE OF IMPORTANT PUBLIC ISSUES AND ELECTION CAMPAIGNS.
Ask the stations to meet their public interest obligations by voluntarily committing to the standards proposed in the Our Democracy, Our Airwaves Act – programming that provides at least two hours per week of candidate- or issue-centered discussion in the four weeks preceding the November elections. At least half of that time must air in or near prime-time hours, when the greatest number of viewers will have a chance to learn about the candidates and issues.
9. GET INVOLVED IN AN EFFORT TO CHALLENGE THE LICENSES OF TELEVISION STATIONS THAT FAIL TO SERVE THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
Broadcasters receive free and exclusive licenses to operate on the public airwaves in exchange for a pledge to serve the public interest. When broadcasters fail to serve the public interest, the Federal Communications Commission can revoke their licenses.
For more information on the license renewal process, go here.