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Democracy Now Visit

Tuesday April 4, 2012

 

We Hunter students were offered coffee and muffins In the upstairs broadcasting, loft-like space of Democracy Now, and a brief tour of the control room where several associates were preparing for the eight am taping.

We watched the live taping through the glass window of the studio furnished with bookcases, where host Amy Goodman sat with a computer in front of her and Teleprompters for her and her co-host. The bookcases were a sign, perhaps, that serious reporting and questioning would happen.     

After news highlights, Amy noted the day as the 44th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination. Commentators spoke via satellite from Wisconsin and DC  – John NIchols of the Nation Magazine, and Michael German of the ACLU. Ted Weiner, the in-person quest – a former FBI agent turned author – spoke about FBI surveillance of MLK by J. Edgar Hoover.

At 9 am the Education Director, answered our questions about the history of Democracy Now, its affiliations, its budget, internships, and Amy Goodman spoke of her journalism experiences in East Timor in 1999, and at the Republican Convention in 2008.

Democracy Now, as an independent news organization, reports news and asks questions that most other newscasters, influenced by their corporate owners, won’t cover or won’t ask.

From this visit, I learned that a large technical staff, in addition to administrators, researchers and volunteers are required for TV broadcasting. I feel that the Democracy staff were open, and perhaps more accessible than network or other cable TV broadcasters or staff might be. 

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The Silence within the lockers

The Silence within the lockers

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The Silence of Hunter History

The Silence of Hunter History

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Quiet door looking at empty hallway

Quiet door looking at empty hallway

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Empty hallway

Empty hallway