Year-end recaps are de rigueur and we’re no exception. This week, we present a pot pourri of topics – mostly on the status of our ever-shifting media landscape around here and elsewhere. A year – a decade – of stories censored by mainstream media, a battle between consumers and providers of cable, television and broadband Internet services (who’s in charge here?); a merger that could add to the glut of vertical ownership of media carriers and content producers, plus highlights of 2009’s major stories will be dissected by some local and national observers of the passing scene. Whither go the big guys around here? Newspapers, broadcast, cable and online journalism continue to collide over costs and consumers. (Audio below)
Plus, we’ll get an update on the third squabble between the massive Metropolitan Airports Commission and the modest shoeshine enterprise struggling for survival under crushing pressure and we’ll hear about local preparations and representation at the Gaza March for Freedom on New Year’s Eve.
TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with this week’s guests from Washington, California, and Eden Prairie – not to mention good old Minneapolis/St. Paul.
• CRAIG AARON – Senior Program Director, FreePress.net
• PETER PHILLIPS – Professor of Media Sociology, Sonoma State University, CA; President, Media Freedom Foundation; Former Director, Project Censored
• LAURA WATERMAN WITTSTOCK – author; co-host, First Nations Radio, Sundays on KFAI; Contributing Blogger, Star Tribune’s “Your Voices”; former Executive Director, MIGIZI Communications; CEO, Wittstock & Associates Consulting
• JIM LEINFELDER – Free-lance network news (ABC/CNN/NBC) producer, Twin Cities
• *ANN ALQUIST – Community Outreach, Twin City Media Alliance, parent of Twin Cities Daily Planet