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Who Do You Consider a Media Hero? Collect and Trade Them!

If your Garbage Pail Kids cards are long forgotten (or Pokemon perhaps?) it might be time for a new set to collect and trade. Who might be better than a pack of media luminaries who've changed the tenor of discourse? The folks at Reclaim the Media know that it takes more than a .400 batting average to make a difference and wind up on a card — that's why they've created their own Media Heroes trading cards.

Here's what they have to say about why:

Media heroes are everywhere: journalists, activists, media innovators and educators making sure that we all have access to media that supports democratic values of justice, community and respect. Some media heroes are solitary voices keeping a candle of truth burning through a period of darkness. Others are organizers working to expand the range of people who can wield the power of publishing and broadcasting, or reveal hidden aspects of the media that is all around us.

The decks are $16 and feature original portraits of 21 different media heroes with biographies on the back. Who do they consider heroes? The Sesame Street pioneers, Children's Television workshop, which sought to combine education and entertainment as well as prioritizing service for lower-income kids who didn't have the leg up of preschool, for one. Also, Frederick Douglass who spoke out against slavery while writing for the newspaper, The Liberator, and PBS' Bill Moyers, who they say is "a singularly ardent advocate for journalistic ethics and the pursuit of authentic democracy."

Who are your media heroes? Would you put an Olbermann or a Nancy Grace into the mix? How about a Brokaw or a Cooper?

Join The Conversation
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Two words: James Lipton.
valancyjane valancyjane 9 years
I've been thinking about this ... with a journalism degree, I should be able to come up with more ... Martha Gellhorn Dorothy Day (my personal fave - though not traditional journalism) Edward R. Murrow Ben Bradlee (Woodward & Bernstein's editor) Is it frivolous to say Roger Ebert? Maybe not a journalism hero, but a heroic figure who is a journalist. And stephley, I agree about Sy Hersh. A force to be reckoned with.
stephley stephley 9 years
Oh God Bella, you're right - Helen Thomas is a great role model! Molly Ivans too.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Helen Thomas!
stephley stephley 9 years
Kate Webb, a war correspondent who got her start in Vietnam and died about a year ago, was my first journalist heroine. She was captured by the Khmer Rouge but was reported killed. She was released a month later. Her book about that time was so beautifully written I couldn't put it down and have read and recommended it many times since. Sean Flynn was a hero too. Ann Garrels at NPR I've watched and listened to since she was ABC's Moscow correspondent. Ted Koppel is amazing - I watched his China report on Discovery last night. Peter Jennings was gifted and I still miss his questioning when anything important happens. I follow Seymour Hersh and Chris Hedges these days. Fared Zakaria's show on CNN gets me out of bed on Sunday mornings and I always watch when he's on the Daily Show and Christiane Amanpour does a great job. There are a lot of intelligent, dedicated journalists working today, there's no reason to focus on the nitwits who just want to be stars.
valancyjane valancyjane 9 years
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein!! I would add Leonard Pitts, a syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald (I think). He's not an investigative type, so maybe not a hero in that sense, but he has a way of writing that just swells my shriveled little heart. His columns about race, in particular, are wonderful. Just a ray of light in a very dark world.
gigill gigill 9 years
The journalists from "All the President's Men." I read that book a few years ago and it's sad that I can't remember their names!
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