On Nov. 20, noted journalist Amy Goodman shared with a capacity crowd at UC Davis her unique perspective gleaned from 13 years hosting “Democracy Now!”, as well as selections from her new book Breaking the Sound Barrier (Haymarket Books, 2009). I’ve long admired her work, so it was a thrill to meet her and to hear her resounding support for our community’s independent media outlets. I also enjoyed meeting Denis Moyihan, who's worked with Amy for years on the show and column, and edited this most recent book.
Goodman appeared the same night as students were occupying Dutton Hall on campus. She called one of the students up to the podium to share her story, and what a moment it was for the young woman named Sarah. Goodman also called independent, local media outlets such as Davis Media Access and KDVS “oases in a sea of corporate media monotony.” Much was made that night of Davis, a small city with two radio stations, PEG access television, a community network, daily community and campus newspapers, and the “best in the nation” Davis Wiki. Goodman noted that Davis is nationally recognized for its work in media activism. It was a proud moment for me.