Participating Media Organizations include:
Making Contact, is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine-style public affairs program heard on 140 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa and Ireland. Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news. Showcasing voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems.
Cascadia Times conducts private investigations in the public interest for the greater Pacific Northwest. Cascadia Times specializes in conducting investigations of environmental issues, exposing offenders and problems, and preparing reports under contract which are then used as tools by litigators, organizers, educators, campaigners, and private individuals to assist in facilitating positive change. Cascadia Times also frequently publishes synopsis of its work on this website, and/or in print targeted for specific distribution. Often it is the breaking news or expose by Cascadia Times that triggers political or social will.
Earth Island Journal is a quarterly magazine which combines investigative journalism and thought-provoking essays that make the subtle but profound connections between the environment and other contemporary issues.
Our Reporting Team
Rebekah Wilce is a Project Director at the Center for Media and Democracy/Progressive Inc. Her writing has been published in The Progressive, ACRES U.S.A., Grist, In These Times, Earth Island Journal, Truthout and more, and her work has been featured in Mother Jones, The Nation, International Business Times, and on radio shows around the country. She directs CMD’s Food Rights Network. She has a writing degree from the University of Arizona. When she’s not researching and reporting for CMD, she milks cows at a nearby organic farm, sells gourmet mushrooms at the largest producer-only farmers market in the country, and co-hosts a local news show at Madison’s community radio station. Please contact her at rebekah at prwatch.org or follow her on Twitter @prwatchrebekah.
Andrew Stelzer’s radio work has appeared on programs including Marketplace, NPR News, BBC’s The World, Latino USA, Radio France International’s Crossroads, Free Speech Radio News, and on Making Contact since 2008. His print work has appeared in The St Petersburg Times, In These Times, E!Magazine, and elsewhere. Andrew was previously the senior reporter and anchor at WMNF radio in Tampa, FL. Before that, he reported from KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and was KBOO’s youth advocate. Andrew has received awards from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He was awarded a scholarship to the Narco News School of Authentic Journalism in Mexico, and has taught radio production classes around the world from Algeria to Mississippi.
Maureen Nandini Mitra
Earth Island Journal
Maureen Nandini Mitra is the managing editor of Earth Island Journal. In addition to her work at the Journal, Maureen writes for several other magazines and online publications in the US and India. A journalism graduate from Columbia University, her work has appeared in several local and international publications including The Guardian, Salon.com, The New Internationalist, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, The Caravan, San Francisco Public Press, and Down to Earth.
Paul Koberstein is editor of Cascadia Times, an environmental journal published online at www.times.org in Portland, Oregon. Paul has been a staff writer for The Oregonian, a daily newspaper published in Portland, and Willamette Week. He founded Cascadia Times in 1995 and has been its only editor. In 2004 he won the John B. Oakes Award for distinguished environmental journalism.
You can typically find Laura equipped with her camera, recorder, and notebook. A self-proclaimed radio and public policy nerd making her way as a public interest journalist. Laura uses the art of storytelling and policy analysis to make engaging stories for radio. In 2013 Laura was a New America Media Energy Fellow and a KALW Audio Academy Fellow. Since 2010 she has produced radio stories covering topics ranging from energy to education. You can find her stories at New America Media, KALW (San Francisco), KUSP (Santa Cruz), and on her website Pedestrian Adventures. Follow her on Twitter @msmightyflynn.
Kwan Booth is a journalist, digital strategist and independent publisher focusing on the intersection of communications, community, art and technology. He is a cofounder of the hyperlocal news outlet Oakland Local and his reporting on air quality in West Oakland and Bay Area hip hop culture have won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has consulted and led workshops for media and community organizations including The National Conference on Media Reform, Public Radio International, The Black Coalition on AIDS, the Knight Digital Media Center, The Online News Association and the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. He writes at http://boothism.org.
Luna Olavarria Gallegos
Luna Olavarria Gallegos is a Native New Mexican activist, student, writer, artist, and dreamer. She is a native New Mexican currently studying Documentary Studies, Archaeology, and African Diaspora in Upstate New York. Having worked with multimedia and radio projects throughout her life, Luna’s passions lie in developing platforms that empower communities and individuals to tell their stories. Through connecting people to different media, she hopes to disseminate true knowledge and decolonialize our lives.
- Food Democracy Now
- Pesticide Action Network
- Food & Water Watch
- The Center for Food Safety
- HAPA: Hawaii Alliance For Progressive Action
- Hawaii Seed
- GMO Free Kauai
- Common Cause
- Journalism Accelerator
- Breaking News Network
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