Our Media Ecosystem (4/13/17 Circle)


  • Identify media outlets that are telling and looking at the whole truth and support them; subscribe as paying customers where possible (a few good ones to add to our reading lists: https://www.revealnews.org, foreignaffairs.com, www.fusion.net)
  • Check our own sources before sharing news
  • Call out falsehoods when we see them (on social media, email, in person)
  • Find specific reporters/journalists to follow (vs outlets)
  • Tell your grandmother/cousin in Idaho to watch Shep Smith (“moderate” on Fox News that might be more palatable for her than Huffington Post)
  • Sign Media Matters’ and other relevant petitions: http://action.mediamatters.org/
  • Write and call our politicians (local, state, national) to let them know where we stand on issues
  • Write media outlets directly to let them know where we stand (thank them where possible and call them out as needed)
  • Check out http://www.theopedproject.org/and https://freedom.press/crowdfunding/ and consider ways to get involved
  • Write our own op eds or letters to the editor about something we are passionate about; host a party with friends to do this and make it fun
  • Stay engaged on social media within our own boundaries; share links of real news to combat the fake news; share opinions to make sure our voices are heard
  • Find our own balance of staying informed vs going crazy (ideas include: limit news intake to once or twice a day vs all day incessantly, take day-long or multi-day breaks from news to avoid burnout, watch SNL and political comedy, remember to SELF CARE and BREATHE!)



News sites (in addition to the ones highlighted above)








*The following were recommended by Gene Stone in The Trump Survival Guide; Caution: very left wing tilt












Organizations (in addition to the ones highlighted above)

https://centerformediajustice.org *based on Oakland

https://freedom.press *based in SF



Pod Save America, Pod Save the World, Lovett or Leave It, With Friends Like These: https://getcrookedmedia.com/

Indivisible:  http://www.npr.org/podcasts/516647023/indivisible

Forum: http://www.npr.org/podcasts/432307980/forum

Fresh Air: http://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air

Reveal:  https://www.revealnews.org/episodes/


Tip Sheets

Twitter Best Practices: 12 Tips from ReThink Media

Writing & Placing Letters to the Editor: 9 Tips from ReThink Media

Writing & Placing Op-Eds: 10 Tips from ReThink Media


Circle of Light Gathering, April 13, 2017

Our Media Ecosystem Expert Panel

Jessica Yellin was the Chief White House Correspondent for CNN in Washington, D.C. from 2011 to 2013.  Described as “one of the most influential women in Washington,” Yellin began reporting for CNN as the network’s senior political correspondent in 2007, covering Capitol Hill, domestic politics and the White House.  Yellin is currently a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Public Integrity.

Robert J. Rosenthal is executive director of The Center for Investigative Reporting. An award-winning journalist, Rosenthal has worked for The New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and, most recently, the San Francisco Chronicle. Rosenthal worked for 22 years at the Inquirer, starting as a reporter and eventually becoming its executive editor in 1998. He became managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle in late 2002, and joined CIR as executive director in 2008. Robert has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Markos Kounalakis is an author, publisher, journalist, and scholar. Dr. Kounalakis covered wars and revolutions for Newsweek and NBC-Mutual News. He was there during the fall of the Berlin Wall and lived in the Soviet Union during its collapse. He later became publisher of The Washington Monthly magazine. Dr. Kounalakis is currently a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution working on a book on the geopolitics of global news networks. He still writes a foreign affairs column for the McClatchy-Tribune News Service.  Since 2010, he has been a senior research fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University.  His wife, Eleni Tsakopoulos, served as the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary until 2013.

Ethan Lindsey is KQED’s managing editor for news. In this newly-created position, Ethan helps to continue the public media organization’s transition to a 21st-century newsroom and further deepens KQED’s commitment to regional news, especially on digital platforms. Ethan came to KQED from the WBUR and NPR newsmagazine Here & Now, in Boston, where he was the show’s senior managing editor. Previously, he was senior digital editor and interim managing editor for the public radio show Marketplace. In 2009, Ethan won a Peabody Award for his work as a correspondent for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Yasmin Nouh is a digital producer at Fusion who has covered social justice, immigration and local and global diaspora communities for various news outlets in the past. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts and received her Master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School in 2015. She previously served as a blog editor for The Huffington Post and on the NPR news team.

Angelo Carusone is the President of Media Matters. Before joining, he organized the successful Twitter based StopBeck effort. He holds a B.A. in American Studies from Fordham University and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Ashley Houghton has worked with ReThink since 2011. As managing director of Security and Rights, she currently leads in developing, implementing, and supporting effective media and communications outreach and capacity-building.  After graduating from the University of Maryland, Ashley briefly worked in the nonprofit world before plunging into work at a Washington public relations firm, where she honed her skills in promoting experts and newsworthy personalities. She’s always looking for new hobbies, from arc welding to swing dancing, and has gained notoriety in DC for her semi-annual “Wear Something Awesome on Your Head” birthday parties.



Homework for our Media Ecosystem discussion:

Good reads/listens/watches from our Media Ecosystem panelists:

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