On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss the impacts of media monopolies, Facebook’s effects on journalism and society, and the closure of local newspapers. More than 1,800 newspapers have shut down or drastically downsized in the last 15 years.
Later in the show, we'll discuss the $1.9 trillion relief package, which includes unemployment benefits, vaccine distribution funding, direct payments of $1,400 per person, and a $15 minimum wage.
Robert McChesney, professor of communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, cofounder of the media reform organization Free Press, and author and editor of many books, including Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights: The Collapse of Journalism and What Can Be Done To Fix It
David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter, editor and founder of DCReport.org, and author of several bestselling books, including It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America
Arthur Delany, reporter for HuffPost covering politics and the economy
The Columbia Journalism Review: New report outlines COVID-era proposals to save journalism