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John Boyer co-founded Media For America in 2004, a grassroots campaign to involve average citizens in media reform issues. He is currently executive director of ILMWORKS, a non-profit media production company developing a website and weekly PBS series about American Muslims in collaboration with the Alwaleed Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.
He has taught in the Television and Media Arts Program on the Newark campus of Rutgers University from 1994 to 2002, where he also founded a youth civic media project, Network Newark New Jersey (N3TV) to document under-reported civic affairs.
Earlier, he worked as a television researcher and producer specializing in international affairs, media controversies and media literacy on programs broadcast nationally on PBS. A two-part program he initiated in 1982 for the PBS series, Inside Story with Hodding Carter as Chief Correspondent, critically analyzing U.S. media coverage of the Soviet Union, won several awards including a national Emmy.
He was senior producer on the acclaimed 1992 documentary, On Television: Teach The Children, with Edwin Newman regarding the regulation of children’s television, and Producer on a 1996 national PBS documentary, Media Literacy: The New Basic?, with John Merrow.