Welcome to the Media & Change website.
This website is focused on institutional stability and change in media organizations, media content, & media policy.

We live in the most mediated society in human history. As a result, much of our knowledge of other people, events, places, and social issues is based on the many mediated messages that we are exposed to every day. Along with the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, the news media form the fourth institutional pillar of the U.S. political system. Sociological studies of journalistic practices have argued that news organizations regularly produce information on issues and events that is surprisingly similar. Journalists and editors cover the same stories, rely on the same sources, and exclude the same voices. But starting with the civil rights movement, activists have sought media coverage as a way to influence public opinion on important social issues. From marches to banner drops, media images of political protest shape our understandings of free speech, dissent, and how our political system works. But there is significant evidence that the structure of media organizations influences journalistic routines in ways that marginalize dissent and political protest. Meanwhile, with the explosion of cable channels and web-based content, we appear to be inundated with choices about what to watch, read, and listen to. But over the past 30 years, the number of corporations that own those choices has dwindled from around 50 companies in 1980, to only five companies that own more than 80% of our media options. Journalism is said to be in crisis with shrinking newsroom budgets resulting in layoffs and closures across the country.

This site presents a set of studies and policy statements that can help us to understand the complex relationships between media, social movements, and power in the policy making process. 

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