Media Freedom v. Corporate Control

Peace, Education and Activism through Creative Engagement (P.E.A.C.E.), a UWW student organization, will show the documentary “Shadows of Liberty” on Thurs., Oct. 16th at 5:30pm in UC Summers Auditorium. This 90-minute award-winning documentary examines the impact of corporate ownership on the U.S. media and freedom of the press.

You can learn more about the documentary from reviews or press releases, e.g., “KCETLink Premieres ‘Shadows of Liberty,’ A Revealing Film Exploring America’s Corporate Controlled Media” (PR Newswire US, 03/20/2013) or “Shadows of Liberty” (Library Journal, 2013, vol.138:no.16, p.52).

cover of The Handbook of Mass Media EthicsYou also can learn more about the topic by looking at Library resources, e.g., articles like “Markets, ownership, and the quality of campaign news coverage” (Journal of Politics, 2008, vol.70:no.4, pp.1193-1202), “Interfering owners or meddling advertisers: How network television news correspondents feel about ownership and advertiser influence on news stories” (Journal of Media Economics, 2003, vol.16:no.3, pp.175-188), and “Corporate ownership and news bias: Newspaper coverage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act” (Journal of Politics, 2000, vol.62:no.2, pp.369-386). Other relevant Library resources include the streaming video “Media manipulation: New game for big business” (1998, available via Films on Demand), book chapters such as “Media ownership, concentration, and control: The evolution of debate” (In The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications, 2011, Wiley-Blackwell, chapter 7, pp.140-168), and books like “The handbook of mass media ethics” (Main Collection, 3rd Floor, P94 .H355 2009), which includes a chapter called “Media ownership in a corporate age.”

Can’t attend the free event? UWW students and staff may borrow the DVD of Shadows of Liberty from another UW campus library by using the free universal borrowing service. Requested items arrive in 2-5 weekdays.

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding additional materials.

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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