A well-informed citizenry is the foundation of a democratic society. News and media affect our opinions, voting decisions, degree of civic engagement, and ultimately shape the health of our government and society.
Deregulation and technological upheavals have left the crucial work of informing Americans in the hands of corporations with profit directives and political agendas. They often seek to entertain and distract, while failing to provide the accurate and relevant information Americans need to understand the world around us.
...and accountability to highlight failures of corporate media with a goal of improving the quality of journalism.
…all in the pursuit of a better-informed electorate.
...with tools for critical thinking, giving media consumers the ability to understand the realities behind misleading headlines and clickbait, while encouraging individuals and groups to engage and take action.
The Media and Democracy Project leadership team is Milo Vassallo, Jonathan Reiss, Noelle Pellowski, Brian Hansbury and a number of other dedicated volunteer members.