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Guide to the Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) Records TAM 282

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 10, 2018
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1983-1993
Abstract: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) is a progressive media watch organization founded in 1986 by journalist Jeff Cohen. FAIR publishes Extra!, a magazine of media criticism, and produces  Counterspin, a radio news program. It is active against censorship, and advocates for diversity, and the break up of the dominant media conglomerates. The collection includes correspondence (mostly of Jeff Cohen), internal documents, and back issues of publications.
Quantity: 0.75 Linear Feet (1 box)
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1
Call Phrase: TAM 282

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Historical/Biographical Note

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), a progressive media watch organization that works with journalists and activists, was founded in 1986 by journalist Jeff Cohen. FAIR publishes Extra!, a magazine of media criticism, and produces  Counterspin, a radio news program. FAIR conducts media research, produces reports (notably through its Womens' Desk and Racism Watch Desk units), opposes censorship, and advocates for greater diversity and representation of minority viewpoints. FAIR believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, to establish independent public broadcasting, and to promote strong non-profit sources of information.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence (mostly that of Jeff Cohen), internal documents, reports and studies, editorial material pertaining to Extra!, back issues (1992) of  Counterspin: A Memo on Campaign Coverage from FAIR, published and unpublished writings by Jeff Cohen and others, a file on FAIR's Los Angeles chapter, and another on related organizations.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Cohen, Jeff, 1951-

Document Type

  • Reports.
  • Writings (document genre)
  • Documents.
  • Correspondence.

Subject Organizations

  • Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (Organization)

Subject Topics

  • Mass media criticism -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The archived website was migrated from the California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service to the Internet Archive's Archive-It Service in November 2015. The link to California Digital Library was removed in October 2017.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection created by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) Records; TAM 282; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to technical or privacy issues, archived websites may not be exact copies of the original website at the time of the web crawl. Certain file types will not be captured dependent on how they are embedded in the site. Other parts of websites that the crawler has difficulty capturing includes Javascript, streaming content, database-driven content, and highly interactive content. Full-Text searches of archived websites are available at https://archive-it.org/organizations/567.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) in 1994. The accession number associated with this collection is 1994.005.

Processing Information

In 2014, the archived website was added as a series.

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Container List

Records

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Cohen, Jeff: Writings
1983-1986
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence
1990-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence: ABC
1986-1988
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence: PBS
1986-1988
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Counterspin: A Memo on Campaign Coverage from FAIR
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Documents, Ephemera, Clippings
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Documents, Ephemera, Clippings
1986-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Extra! (Editorial Material)
1988-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Faces of War(Documentary on Central America)  
1985-1986
Box: 2 Folder : 2 FAIR: Los Angeles Chapter
1983-1986
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Founding of FAIR / Initial Activities
1985-1986
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Related Organizations
1985-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Report: Are You on the Nightline Guest List?
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Report: Lost in the Margins: Labor & the Media
1990
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Report (to FAIR): Network Television & Newspaper Coverage of the Environment Since Earth Day 1990
1992
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Report: Public Television "Prime Time": Public Affairs Programming, Political Diversity, & the Conservative Critique of Public Television, by David Croteau, et al
1993
Box: 2 Folder : 9 "Safire, William" - by Robert Ranflet
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Women & Media Activism Kit
undated

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Archived Website, Oct 2, 2007-ongoing

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6334/*/http://fair.org/]

Scope and Content Note

FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting), a national media watch group, has been offering criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. FAIR advocates greater diversity in the press, structural reform in the media, and works to expose neglected news stories. FAIR publishes Extra!, a magazine of media criticism, and produces the weekly radio program CounterSpin. In addition, they have a listserv through which they distribute regular action alerts to their international network of activists.

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