Free Press

8 media giants control 818 broadcast-TV stations, resulting in local news that all looks and sounds the same.

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FLORENCE, MA – EIN 412106721  freepress.net

Since 2004, more than 1 in 5 local newspapers in the United States has closed.84% of White people have home-internet access, compared to 78% of Latinx people and 76% of Black people. 8 media giants control 818 broadcast-TV stations, resulting in local news that all looks and sounds the same.

Free Press believes that positive social change, racial justice and meaningful engagement in public life require equitable access to technology, diverse and independent ownership of media platforms, and journalism that holds leaders accountable and tells people what’s actually happening in their communities. We believe that the struggle for racial justice must be at the center of transforming our media and our democracy. We focus on saving Net Neutrality, achieving affordable internet access for all, uplifting the voices of people of color in the media, challenging old and new media gatekeepers to serve the public interest, ending unwarranted surveillance, defending press freedom and reimagining local journalism.

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Free Press (organization)

Free Press
Free Press (organization) logo.svg
Formation2003; 17 years ago (2003)[2]
Typenonprofit organization
41-2106721[1]
Legal status501(c)(3)[3]
PurposeTo reform the media; to conduct research on how the current media system influences the development of public policy and educates the public and policy-makers on how a more diverse and public service-oriented media system can stregnthen American Democracy; and to promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access to communications.[1]
Location
FieldsPublic policy
Craig Aaron[4]
Co-CEO
Jessica J. González[4]
Kimberly Longey[4]
Chief of Staff
Misty Perez Truedson[4]
SubsidiariesFree Press Action Fund (501(c)(4))[1]
Revenue (2018)
$1,995,817[1]
Expenses (2018)$4,177,363[1]
Employees (2018)
38[1]
Volunteers (2018)
876[1]
Websitewww.freepress.net

Free Press is a United States advocacy group that is part of the media reform or media democracy movement. It gives the following mission statement: "We focus on saving Net Neutrality, achieving affordable internet access for all, uplifting the voices of people of color in the media, challenging old and new media gatekeepers to serve the public interest, ending unwarranted surveillance, defending press freedom and reimagining local journalism."[5] The group is a major supporter of net neutrality.[6][2]

History, organization, and activities

Free Press is a 501(c)(3) organization.[7] Free Press Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization[8] and is the group's advocacy arm.[9]

Free Press was co-founded in 2003[2] by socialist writer Robert W. McChesney, progressive journalist John Nichols, and activist Josh Silver.[10]

It is part of the broader "media reform movement" (or "media democracy movement"), and has described its work in these terms. This movement promotes ideas of "media localism" and opposes media consolidation.[10] Like other organizations that are part of the same movement (such as the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union and the Center for Digital Democracy), Free Press is concerned with issues such as Federal Communications Commission regulations, "as well as Congressional funding for public broadcasting and the malfeasance of corporate media."[10]

Free Press leads the Save the Internet coalition, which advocates for net neutrality.[11] The coalition consists of individuals, nonprofits, and companies, ranging from advocacy groups to consumer groups to Silicon Valley companies,[12][13] including Google and Microsoft.[13]

Free Press organized the annual National Conference for Media Reform from 2003 to 2013.[10] It currently hosts workshops, community forums, protests and other events around the country.

Free Press is headquartered in Washington, D.C..[7] It has a staff of 31 people in 2020.[7]

Net neutrality

Free Press is a strong supporter of net neutrality.[2][6] In 2008, Free Press was the key mover in a pro-net neutrality campaign that "drew together strange bedfellows, including the Christian Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Gun Owners of America, and helped set in motion a broader debate on the issue" that resulted in an FCC hearing on the subject.[2] In its campaign for net neutrality, Free Press has been allied with Democratic members of Congress.[2][14] The group supports the 2015 Open Internet Order, in which the FCC classified broadband internet as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934,[15][16] which meant that "no content could be blocked by broadband providers and that the internet would not be divided into pay-to-play fast lanes for internet and media companies that can afford it and slow lanes for everyone else."[15]

Free Press has long been strongly critical of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai because of Pai's opposition to net neutrality regulations. In 2017, Free Press's president Craig Aaron has said that the reversal of the 2015 Open Internet Order "would put consumers at the mercy of phone and cable companies."[15] Pai, in turn, has been critical of Free Press, asserting that Free Press has a "socialist" agenda.[17]

Leadership

The board of directors includes Craig Aaron, Michael Copps, Ashley Allison, Alvaro Bedoya, Olga Davidson, Joan Donovan, Martha Fuentes-Bautista, Bryan Mercer, Victor Pickard and Ben Scott.[18]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax". Free Press. Internal Revenue Service. 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kang, Cecilia (28 March 2008). "Net Neutrality's Quiet Crusader: Free Press's Ben Scott Faces Down Titans, Regulators in Battle Over Internet Control". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Free Press". Tax Exempt Organization Search Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Staff". The Free Press. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  5. ^ [1], Free Press (accessed January 28, 2020).
  6. ^ a b Boliek, Brooks (February 25, 2015). "Tom Wheeler tweaks net neutrality plan after Google push". Politico. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Free Press, Guidestar (accessed June 9, 2016).
  8. ^ Free Press Action Fund, Guidestar (accessed June 9, 2016).
  9. ^ Tim Wu Elected Board Chair at Free Press, Columbia Law School (April 2008).
  10. ^ a b c d Dan Berger, Defining Democracy: Coalition Politics and the Struggle for Media Reform, International Journal of Communication 3 (2009).
  11. ^ Adi Robertson, Who's fighting to save the internet now?: Net neutrality supporters gear up to take on the FCC, The Verge (May 5, 2014).
  12. ^ Lawrence Lessig & Robert W. McChesney, No Tolls on The Internet, Washington Post (June 8, 2006).
  13. ^ a b Anne Broache, New group aims to 'save the Internet', CNET (April 24, 2006).
  14. ^ Senators Champion Net Neutrality and Call on FCC to Act (press release), Free Press (July 15, 2014).
  15. ^ a b c Cecilia Kanga, F.C.C. Chairman Pushes Sweeping Changes to Net Neutrality Rules, New York Times (April 26, 2017).
  16. ^ Edward Wyatt, F.C.C. Considering Hybrid Regulatory Approach to Net Neutrality, New York Times (November 1, 2014).
  17. ^ REMARKS OF FCC CHAIRMAN AJIT PAI AT THE NEWSEUM, “THE FUTURE OF INTERNET FREEDOM” WASHINGTON, DC, APRIL 26, 2017, Federal Communications Commission (April 26, 2017).
  18. ^ "Board of Directors". Free Press. Retrieved 2020-01-28.

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FREE PRESS

WASHINGTON, DC 20036-5413 | Tax-exempt since Jan. 2004
  • EIN: 41-2106721
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Arts, Culture and Humanities)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2019

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2019

Full Text

990 (filed on Oct. 19, 2020)

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990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2018

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2018

PDF

990

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990 (filed on June 26, 2020)

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990

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Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2017

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2017

PDF

990

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990 (filed on Aug. 30, 2018)

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990

Total Revenue

$5,672,347

Total Functional Expenses $3,278,337
Net income $2,394,010
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $5,651,707 99.6%
Program services $0
Investment income $20,640 0.4%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $241,315 7.4%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,522,291 46.4%
Other
Total Assets $6,548,783
Total Liabilities $428,784
Net Assets $6,119,999
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2016

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2016

Full Text

990 (filed on Oct. 3, 2017)

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990

Total Revenue

$4,424,641

Total Functional Expenses $2,758,125
Net income $1,666,516
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $4,405,586 99.6%
Program services $556 0.0%
Investment income $18,499 0.4%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $233,646 8.5%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,213,490 44.0%
Other
Total Assets $4,257,600
Total Liabilities $531,611
Net Assets $3,725,989
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2015

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2015

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990

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990 (filed on Sept. 16, 2016)

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990

Total Revenue

$2,468,385

Total Functional Expenses $2,304,444
Net income $163,941
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $2,438,063 98.8%
Program services $12,264 0.5%
Investment income $18,058 0.7%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $239,863 10.4%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,093,098 47.4%
Other
Total Assets $2,316,187
Total Liabilities $256,714
Net Assets $2,059,473
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2014

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2014

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on Aug. 5, 2015)

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990

Total Revenue

$1,620,469

Total Functional Expenses $2,501,301
Net income -$880,832
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,532,084 94.5%
Program services $73,848 4.6%
Investment income $14,537 0.9%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $211,107 8.4%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,328,065 53.1%
Other
Total Assets $2,164,072
Total Liabilities $268,540
Net Assets $1,895,532
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2013

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2013

PDF

990

Total Revenue

$3,881,394

Total Functional Expenses $3,727,908
Net income $153,486
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $3,735,707 96.2%
Program services $115,223 3.0%
Investment income $30,249 0.8%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $65 0.0%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $150 0.0%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $221,962 6.0%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,965,922 52.7%
Other
Total Assets $3,089,855
Total Liabilities $313,491
Net Assets $2,776,364
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2012

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2012

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990

Total Revenue

$2,251,106

Total Functional Expenses $3,029,450
Net income -$778,344
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $2,124,782 94.4%
Program services $85,000 3.8%
Investment income $41,324 1.8%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $234,137 7.7%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,807,807 59.7%
Other
Total Assets $2,940,642
Total Liabilities $317,764
Net Assets $2,622,878
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2011

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2011

PDF

990

Total Revenue

$3,082,942

Total Functional Expenses $4,136,936
Net income -$1,053,994
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $2,864,048 92.9%
Program services $167,809 5.4%
Investment income $51,085 1.7%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $290,626 7.0%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,886,061 45.6%
Other
Total Assets $3,736,246
Total Liabilities $335,024
Net Assets $3,401,222
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2010

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2010

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990

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2009

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2008

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Dec. 2007

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2007

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2006

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2003

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