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Kent State student journalists have tough time prying open TV political ad files

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Trying to get FCC records at Cleveland TV Stations from Karl Idsvoog on Vimeo.

Days before the Federal Communication Commission's closely-watched Friday vote on requiring local television stations to put political advertising information online, a group of Ohio college students made a powerful argument for why the commissioners should buck the pressure from the broadcasting industry and vote aye. Just look at the above video.

At issue is whether the stations should post online detailed information on political ad buys. Such information is currently available only in paper files that must be accessed in person and under supervision from ...

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