Center for Media and Democracy

  • WI



United States

About Us

The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a non-profit, public interest organization that strengthens participatory democracy by investigating and exposing spin and propaganda, and by promoting media literacy and citizen journalism. The Center serves social change activists, journalists, researchers, policymakers and the public at large in the following ways:

• Countering propaganda by investigating and reporting on behind-the-scenes public relations campaigns by corporations, industries, governments and other powerful institutions. • Informing and assisting grassroots citizen activism that promotes public health, economic justice, ecological sustainability and human rights. • Promoting media literacy to help the public recognize the forces shaping the information they receive about issues that affect their lives. • Sponsoring "open content" media that enable citizens from all walks of life to "be the media" and to participate in creating media content. • Improving mainstream news media by exposing, challenging and launching activist campaigns in opposition to "fake news" practices, such as video or audio segments provided to newsrooms by third parties and often broadcast without disclosure to news audiences.