Media Activism

Berlet dropped out of the University of Denver to work for College Press Service (CPS), the national news agency of USSPA. CPS was relocated to a Denver-based collective. In late 1972 Berlet moved to the Washington, DC office of the College Press Service.

He was appointed to the board of the Underground Press Syndicate, and made the motion to change the name to the Alternative Press Syndicate at a national conference held in Boulder, Colorado.

Because of his expertise in press and publicity matters, the Guild asked Berlet to serve as press coordinator for the 1973 NLG convention held in Austin, Texas, Feb 15-19. The raucous event was held at Austin's Armadillo World Headquarters, and was the first convention open to the general media in over a decade.

After the Austin convention, Berlet travelled to Denver and while there was asked to organize the first press conference by NLG attorneys who had been invited to the Wounded Knee occupation to begin preparing legal defense and representation.

Berlet volunteering to work on Counterspy Magazine, and becoming involved with the Campaign to Stop Government Spying, (later the Campaign for Political Rights).

In late 1975 the Pressmen’s union at the Washington Post became embroiled in a bitter battle with management, leading to a strike and lockout, and resulting in the indictment of 15 pressman accused of property damage and assault.

In 1979 Berlet joined the editorial board of the Public Eye Magazine, which was later acquired by Political Research Associates.

The Public Eye BBS (online bulletin board system), which Berlet co-founded in 1985, provided information on civil rights and civil liberties , and included the first online kit for requesting information under the federal Freedom of Information Act. He was the original webmaster for PRA’s site http://www.publiceye.org

Berlet was  a co–founder and was for several years on the editorial board of the legal newsletter Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report, now published by the West Group.