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Media Roundtable: Journalism As A Public Good & Inside The $1.9 Trillion Relief Package

  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

Web Resources:

The Columbia Journalism Review: New report outlines COVID-era proposals to save journalism

DCReport: Even Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Isn’t Nearly Enough Pandemic Relief

HuffPost: Congress Could Finally Make Life Better For Parents — If It Doesn’t Blow It



Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.