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EDUCATION FOR DEMOCRACY:
A GUIDE TO THE TELEVISION NEWS

The success or failure of democracy depends on the active involvement of citizens in the process.  Education is ultimately the key to that involvement.  It is imperative that citizens take the time to educate themselves about issues that have both national and international importance.  We have therefore prepared this educational guide to the news media.  This guide offers a non-partisan listing of media outlets that represent different points of view, Conservative and Liberal, Democratic and Republican.  We recommend that visitors to our web site use this guide in conjunction with our Non-Partisan Citizen's Action Guide and Non-Partisan Guide to the Internet and Public Policy as tools to educate themselves and then quickly learn how they can become involved. 

Although we provide information about news programs that air all over the United States, this guide focuses to a certain extent on the media that is specifically available in Washington, D.C.  Of particular importance is the link to MHZ channel 56 (broadcast and cable).  In our increasingly interconnected world it is crucial that political leaders and citizens become sensitive to events happening around the globe. 

This guide enables ordinary citizens and political leaders to stay informed on a day-to-day basis.  In some cases, though, staying informed is no substitute for in-depth education.  Our other projects provide resources that may be used for this in-depth education and in connection with this guide.  Educating American citizens and political leaders about the world's cultures is an integral part of our Global Education Project.  To help people learn about their planet and to participate in a constructive manner in the system we have created the WFF Global Future Watch Indicators System.  Some of its key charts are already on the web (see WFF Global Indicators Charts).

In addition to this specialized guide, the World Future Fund has also compiled an extensive Guide to the Television Media.  The links in this guide include some news programs and channels, as well as programs and channels of general interest.  Our general collection of links and the television news guide on this page are both a part of the World Future Fund's Global Media and Popular Culture Project, which provides information on and links to television, popular music, the print media, radio, art, and the online media from around the world.

Users of this guide please note that it is not comprehensive.  We believe, however, that it is a good start.  In the future, we plan to add more material but we want to keep the guide's length short and efficient for use by busy leaders and citizens.


C-SPAN PBS MHZ (CHANNEL 56) WORLD TV CNN  MSNBC CNBC ABC CBS NBC FOX REAL ONE SUPER PASS


C-SPAN

Each C-SPAN channel covers:

C-SPAN 1, the House of Representatives (when in session) 
C-SPAN 2
, the Senate (when in session) 
C-SPAN 3
, public interest programming. 

C-SPAN presents some live and constantly updated coverage of the United States Government at work.  C-SPAN has become essential for monitoring current U.S. Government affairs and wider events in the U.S. political system.  News presented on C-SPAN broadcasts government responses to economic and environmental trends.  Among the many useful C-SPAN channels are the American Writers series and Book Television, which broadcast interviews with recent authors. 

C-SPAN
C-SPAN TV Schedules


PBS

The Public Broadcasting System, supported by viewers across the U.S., presents programming for viewers of all educational levels.  In the Washington, DC area alone, PBS runs three channels: WETA (channel 26 in most areas); WHUT (channel 32, from Howard University); and Maryland Public Television (channel 22).  WETA also broadcasts programs like National Public Radio and All Things Considered on FM radio station, 90.9.

Some important programs shown on PBS:

News Hour with Jim Lehrer, shown nightly at 7PM 
Frontline, Thursdays at 9PM
BBC World News
22  6:30 AM  5:30 PM
32  6:00 AM  7:00 PM
26  6:00 PM
Nightly Business Report at 6:30PM.

PBS
PBS Schedules

WETA Cultural Calendar


MHZ (CHANNEL 56)

MHZ Networks
MHZ Schedules

MHZ presents more than 20 original news broadcasts from around the world, many of these broadcasts air live in their native languages. Newscasts from Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and Spain make up MHz's daily lineup

Programs aired in English if not otherwise noted

ASIA

Chinese News, Tuesday through Saturday at 12:30AM in Mandarin and weekdays 8:30AM in English
NHK (Japan) weekdays 8:15AM, 6:45PM and 10:45PM
Japanese News
, weekdays at 9:00AM in Japanese some subtitles   

South Asia Newsline weekdays at 8AM, 6:30PM and 10:30PM 
Newsweek South Asia, which covers India and Pakistan, as well as other South Asian nations, 6:30PM SAT 
This Week in India, Saturdays at 10AM

Arab Net News, weekdays at 11AM in Arabic only

EUROPE

BBC World News, Airs weekdays at 7AM and 10:00 PM (BBC World News is also broadcast on PBS)

German Journal
,  5 PM in German (weekdays) and daily at 7:30AM and 7:30PM in English 
Italian News, weekdays at 5:30PM in Italian
Russian News, weekdays at 6PM in Russian
Le Journal (France)
seven days a week at 7PM in French with English subtitles

For in-depth educational materials on the world's cultures please visit our Global Education Project.


WORLD TELEVISION

This is a truly amazing site.  It contain links to TV stations all over the world and can provide both broadband and and dial-up access to news and other forms of video.


CNN

The first 24 hour news station, CNN has become one of the most important sources of international news.  CNN constantly updates its website and news programs with the most news accurate to the half hour.  CNN also incorporates a news ticker at the bottom of the screen during all broadcasts.  This way the viewer is constantly up to date on the current news and world reports. 

Inside Politics, weekdays at 3:30PM
Crossfire, weekdays at 4:30PM
CNN Daybreak, weekdays 5-7AM
CNN News, weekdays at 12PM
CNN Headline News, provides constant and up to the minute reporting on developing news stories, every half hour. 

CNN
CNN TV Schedule
CNN International TV


MSNBC

MSNBC and NBC News

Hardball with Chris Matthews weeknights at 7PM and 11PM on MSNBC


CNBC

CNBC Schedule

CNBC Money
Kudlow and Cramer, nightly at 5PM, 8PM and 11PM.


ABC

ABC World News Tonight
Nightline 12:35AM
20/20 Fridays at 10PM

ABC
ABC News

ABC (Channel 7, WJLA, D.C.)


CBS

CBS Evening News
48 Hours, Wednesdays at 10PM
60 Minutes,
Sundays at 7:30PM

CBS
CBS News

CBS (Channel 9, WUSA, D.C.)


NBC

NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw
The Today Show, mornings at 7AM-10AM
Dateline NBC, Sundays at 7PM, and Friday at 8PM

NBC

NBC (Channel 4, WRC-TV, D.C.)


FOX

FOX News, weekdays at 9AM-1PM, and 2PM;
O'Reilly Factor, weeknights at 8 and 11PM
Hannity and Colmes, weeknights at 9PM;
Your World weekdays at 4PM, which details the financial world.

FOX
FOX Schedule

FOX 5 DC (Channel 5, WTTG, D.C.)


REAL ONE SUPER PASS

Real One is a media player which makes watching news and entertainment available on your PC.  There are free versions available for download, but the Super Pass provides access to significant parts of ABC and CNN broadcasts online that are not available for free.