True Power of Independent Media is Trickle-up Journalism

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At the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston this past weekend, Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman shared with TheUpTake’s Sam Mayfield the true power of independent media. Channeling the stories of brave Egyptian activists who overthrew despot Hosni Mubarak in February, Goodman said that independent media is about “hearing people’s names, knowing who their families are, what they believe. It’s not just that bird’s eye view, from the moon down to Tahrir Square.”

“When you had the corporate media looking like they were under the covers … with a lower third that said ‘Reporting from an undisclosed location’,” versus those amongst the crowds, like Sharif Abdel Kouddous, reporting directly from Tahrir Square in Cairo, what Goodman calls “trickle-up journalism.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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