Category Archives: Media Advocacy

These organizations deal with freedom of the press and media ownership.

The Parents Television Council

The Parents Television Council was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. Our national grassroots organization has nearly one million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. We are a nonpartisan organization that works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families. 

Chicago Illinois Chapter Marti Anderson, Chapter Director
PO Box 3394, Barrington IL 60011
(888) 241-7201


Alliance for Community Media

Alliance for Community Media (ACM-National)


The Alliance for Community Media is a national, non-profit membership organization. Founded in 1976 as the National Federation of Local Cable Programmers, the Alliance represents the interests of community, religious, charitable groups and individuals who use Public, Educational, Government (PEG) access cable television channels and facilities to speak to their communities.

 The Alliance for Community Media is committed to assuring everyone’s access to electronic media. The Alliance advances this goal through public education, a progressive legislative and regulatory agenda, coalition building and grassroots organizing.

A nonprofit, national membership organization founded in 1976, the Alliance represents over 3,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access organizations and community media centers throughout the country. It also represents the interests of millions of people who, through their local religious, community and charitable groups, use PEG access to communicate with their memberships and the community as a whole.

Local community groups, public schools, religious institutions, colleges and universities, government officials, the disabled, and second language communities as well as national institutions such as NASA, the US Department of Education, and the US Army, to name a few, all use PEG facilities and equipment to advance their causes through cable television and the Internet.

The Alliance’s public policy program is dedicated to promoting legislation and regulation which supports PEG access. To achieve this, the Alliance works with Congress, state legislatures, the Federal Communications Commission, state public utilities commissions, and coalition partners and brings suits when necessary in courts around the country.

In order for democracy to flourish, people must be active participants in their government, educated to think critically and free to express themselves.  The Mission of the Alliance for Community Media is to advance democratic ideals by ensuring that people have access to electronic media and by promoting  effective communication through community uses of media. 

Village of Elk Grove Village – EGTV Channel 6Cable Production Coordinator

901 Brantwood Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

phone: (847) 357-4263, fax:  (847) 357-4270

Ross Rowe, Secretary 


We The People Media

We The People Media

We The People Media

We The People Media was formed as a not-for-profit organization in late 1999 by 10 prominent journalists, scholars, community and business leaders who wanted to ensure the survival of Residents’ Journal and the Urban Youth International Journalism Program.

In June 1999, shortly after the takeover of the CHA by city officials, the new administration terminated CHA’s prior agreement with Residents’ Journal and instructed the staff to either integrate the publication into the agency’s public relations strategy or expedite the transition to publication by an independent not-for-profit organization. The Residents’ Journal staff opted to separate from CHA.

After months of fundraising and other preparation, We The People Media assumed responsibility for Residents’ Journal and the Urban Youth International Journalism Program in August 2000.

We The People’s guidance has enabled the Urban Youth International Journalism Program to hire new staff and redesign its Journalism 101 curriculum to enhance training for young people throughout the city’s low-income communities.

We The People Media
4859 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615

Phone: (312)745-2681
Fax (773)285-2853


Community Media Workshop

Community Media Workshop

Who We Are

The story of Chicago is often seen as the Tale of Two Cities. Unfortunately only one of these stories usually gets told in all its detail; the glorious downtown, the skyline, the glitz and glamour, the restaurants, the opera, the tourist Chicago, the chic Chicago, where problems are forgotten and escapist fantasy reigns.

Then there’s the other Chicago,where most residents live, where schools and little else work as well as they should, where the infrastructure and housing crumbles, where too many children die either of boredom or neglect or too much violent excitement, the neighborhoody Chicago, the gritty real Chicago, where problems linger, and solutions are created by citizens noisily exercising their democratic rights.

The Community Media Workshop, founded by a journalist, Hank De Zutter, and a community activist, Thom Clark, is a small institution trying to link the two Chicagos by encouraging the media to tell the stories of the other Chicago, the oft-neglected neighborhoods and back streets of Chicago, where the problems are felt most deeply and where solutions are most likely to be born.

The Workshop trains people working on these problems to tell their stories to the media, tips sensitive journalists to the importance of these stories, and tries to create better relationships between the media and the diverse communities which make up Chicago and the Midwest.

Since our start in a Malcolm X College classroom in 1989, over 800 nonprofit organizations have received hands-on training and coaching for their newsworthy efforts. Over 2000 groups have subscribed to Getting On The Air & Into Print, the comprehensive Chicago media guide. Another Workshop publication, Newstips, is now distributed twice-monthly to over 700 reporters, editors and producers around Chicago.

Now at Columbia College, we tap the talent and experience Columbia’s communications-oriented student body and faculty can offer to the city’s nonprofit community.

Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan
Chicago IL 60605 (walk-in: 619 S. Wabash)


Phone: 312-344-6400
Fax: 344-6404



Beyond Media


Beyondmedia Education envisions a compassionate and just society where universal access to media tools and information equip women and youth to document and communicate their stories, serve as educators and role models for others, influence public policy, and generate social transformation. Beyondmedia Education’s mission is to collaborate with under-served and under-represented women, youth and communities to tell their stories, connect their stories to the world around us, and organize for social justice through the creation and distribution of alternative media and arts. Beyondmedia Education works with communities most in need of media education and services because of economic and/or social exclusion. Since 1996, we have partnered with over 100 community-based organizations and schools to produce media arts on subjects ranging from girls’ activism to women’s incarceration.


Contact: Beyondmedia Education
7013 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626

tel: 773-973-2280
fax: 773-973-3367


American Library Association

 Its mission is “to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.” Libraries bring you the world.  Did you know there are more than 117,000 libraries in the United States?  In addition to public libraries in almost every community, there are thousands of libraries in schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, law firms, businesses, the armed forces and more! Because libraries offer free access to all, they bring opportunity to all.  And the greatest resources in each of these libraries are the librarians and library workers. Almost 400,000 people make libraries work for you every day.  You’ll find the right answer @ your library! You will find a variety of resources created by librarians and ALA staff to educate, inform and entertain children, teens, adults and families 


The American Library Association

50 East Huron Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611

Phone: 800-545-2433 TDD: 888 814-7692

Ad Council

Ad Council

About Ad Council

Effecting Positive Social Change

The Ad Council has endeavored to improve the lives of all Americans since first creating the category of public service advertising in 1942. From our earliest efforts including “Loose Lips Sink Ships” to the more recent “I am an American,” Ad Council PSAs have been raising awareness, inspiring action and saving lives for more than 60 years.
Based on our long history of effecting positive change, it’s fair to say that Ad Council campaigns have inspired several generations of Americans. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that future generations will reap the benefits of our efforts to date, and continue to be inspired by our public service campaigns in the future.

Primary Activities

The Ad Council is a private, non-profit organization that marshals volunteer talent from the advertising and communications industries, the facilities of the media, and the resources of the business and non-profit communities to deliver critical messages to the American public. The Ad Council produces, distributes and promotes thousands of public service campaigns on behalf of non-profit organizations and government agencies in issue areas such as improving the quality of life for children, preventative health, education, community well being, environmental preservation and strengthening families.


Midwestern Region
Karen Volkman
35 W. Wacker Dr. # 20125
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: (312) 220-1062

WLUW 88.7 FM

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WLUW is a progressive, community-oriented radio station, committed to social justice and independent thought and expression, and to giving a voice to those who too often go unheard. The station is dedicated to offering a broad array of music, news, and issue- and arts-oriented programming that cannot be found elsewhere on the radio.

If you are interested in getting involved with this experiement called 88.7-Independent Community Radio, please contact station manager Craig Kois to find out about the next meeting for new volunteers. New WLUW volunteers are accepted three times per year, in January, May, and September.

88.7-Independent Community Radio broadcasts at 100 watts of power from atop Mertz Hall on the campus of Loyola University Chicago in Rogers Park. The coverage area extends from Lake Michigan west to the Tri-state Tollway, and from northern suburbs like Highland Park south to North Avenue.


WLUW FM 88.7
6525 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, 60626

Phone Numbers:
Request: (773)508-WLUW
Office: (773)508-8080
Fax: (773)508-8082


CAN-TV logo

Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) gives every Chicagoan a voice on cable television by providing video training, equipment, facilities and channel time for Chicago residents and nonprofit groups. CAN TV’s five local, non-commercial channels reach 1 million viewers in the city of Chicago.

This unique communications resource belongs to the people of Chicago, whether you are a viewer, a producer, or simply believe in the right of free expression. CAN TV has become a lifeline for thousands of Chicago residents and nonprofits. Its channels are over 90% local, helping viewers find jobs, locate HIV/AIDS and domestic violence counseling, access art and educational resources, interact with local public officials, and experience a diversity of viewpoints.

CAN TV is an independent nonprofit organization established in 1983 to administer and promote the use of Chicago’s public access channels. CAN TV has won local, state and national awards for its accomplishments and is recognized as one of the finest access centers in the country. Cable companies provide support for CAN TV as part of franchise commitments in the City of Chicago.


Suite 100
322 S. Green Street
Chicago, IL 60607-3544

telephone: (312) 738-1400
fax: (312) 738-2519

Video Machete

Video Machete
Video Machete
Video Machete (VM) is dedicated to producing media arts projects that promote economic and cultural equity within communities that have been historically under-represented, distorted or erased within mainstream media. Through collaborative approaches towards teaching media analysis, community based research skills and production we seek to bridge diverse experiences while advancing the participation of our communities within democratic processes at local, national and global levels.
Address: 3460 w. Lawrence avenue
  Chicago, il 60625
Contact: Cesar Sanchez
  community initiatives director
Phone: 773-645-1272