Making Media More Responsive, More Reflective of Life in Communities

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Mike Wassenar from St. Paul Neighborhood Network told The UpTake’s Sam Mayfield at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston last weekend that he’s here because NCMR is an intersection of people doing work on government policy funding initiatives, practitioners doing education work in local communities, media practitioners, storytellers, people working on diversity issues, and activists. “People who care deeply about making sure that media is more responsive, more reflective of life in our communities,” Wassenar summarized.”

“All sorts of interesting work going on. A lot of it is hidden, because it’s done either in the nonprofit sector, or it’s done in the government sector and there’s not necessarily a PR agency that’s trying to promote that work.”

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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