The aim of the Justice Beat: Let’s Talk Smart!™”, an internet-based radio show, is to establish a central communication outlet to harness and shape an
accurate narrative of intersectional injustices using the agility of multimedia
platforms to educate, engage, inspire, mobilize and invoke change with impacted
stakeholder groups and across the justice system landscape.
most impacted by unequal, unjust, unfair, systems are persons of brown hue
representing varying ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds. People of color currently make up over 36
percent of the U.S. population, 25% of the criminal justice population but own
just over 7 percent of radio licenses and 3 percent of TV licenses in the
United States today. As a result of media consolidation, 90 percent of all we
see, hear or read comes from a handful of privately owned corporations.
Why the Justice Beat?
Radio stations are the easiest point of
entry upon which to build multi-media centers that could include on-demand
broadcast, internet streams, blog, public, interactive web sites, and mobile
media, as well as community wireless mediums. Radio is inexpensive to produce, free to consume, and the cost of
launching is usually well within the reach of many community groups.
In its 2013 State of the News Media
Report, Pew Research Center reports one of the biggest threats to AM/FM news is
web-based listening, and that is where most of the growth is. Roughly 4 out of
10 people (39%) listen to online audio monthly, according to Arbitron, and 3
out of 10 people (29%) listen at least once a week. Listeners are not necessarily bound to
hearing regular news as they would be on terrestrial radio. Source: