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On the Docket This Weekend at Occidental College: The Future of the LA Times

It should be a most interesting Saturday afternoon in Eagle Rock thanks to the 6th Annual LA Media Reform Summit. There are always pockets of LA media that could use a little reform, but for this edition, organizers are focusing on an outlet that could will be looking at major changes: the LA Times.

Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps will kick things off at 1 p.m. with a keynote address. Then, at 2 p.m., KPFK-FM Background Briefing host Ian Masters will moderate a discussion of the imminent Tribune Co/LAT hand-off. Joining him will be Huffington Post LA reporter Kathleen Miles, Media Matters for America vp Angelo Carusone and former LAT columnist Tim Rutten. The other panel will look at how LA media news coverage can be improved.

Admission to the event, including a 5 p.m. reception, is $20.00 general and $10.00 for students and seniors. If you’re interested in RSVP-ing in advance, you can do so here.

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FCC Commish Laments State Of Broadcast Journalism at USC Cronkite Awards

FCC commissioner Michael Copps, who has come out as an unapologetic voice against media consolidation, spoke at USC’s Walter Cronkite Award ceremony for broadcast journalism this week–where he basically said that while the award recipients present were doing solid work, they were in the minority. According to Copps, media consolidation has put good broadcast journalists out of work, and switched the emphasis from hard-hitting local reporting to eyeball-catching fluff.

Broadcasting and Cable was at the event to catch Copps’ speech:

[Copps] laid some of the blame on past and present FCCs. The past, Republican-led commissions for “blessing just about every media merger transaction that came their way, but wiping the slate virtually clean of the public interest guidelines and responsibilities of licensees.” As he has before, he also took aim at the current Democratic-led FCC for not converting the Obama victory into progressive change.

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