Posted July 8th, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
By Karen Archer Perry
[i] Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age, the Report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in Democracy,” 2009, The Aspen Institute, page 45, www.knightcomm.org.
Posted June 17th, 2010 by Christopher Clark - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
Below is a list of recent, relevant research and studies conducted both by the FCC and by a variety of outside groups (a list that we are regularly supplementing). To the extent that they contain recommendations, which are the most meritorious? Which are the most troubling? What other subject areas should be studied and/or additional data collected? Are there other completed studies that should be added to the list and considered?
AJR Staff. (2009). “AJR’s 2009 Count of Statehouse Reporters,” American Journalism Review, Apr./May. Available at http://www.ajr.org/article.asp?id=4722.
Alliance for Better Campaigns, Benton Foundation, Center for Creative Voices in Media, Center for Digital Democracy, Common Cause, Media Access Project, et. al (2004, Apr. 7). Public Interest Obligations and the Digital Television Age (Proposed Guidelines). Available at http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=6516886561.
Posted June 11th, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
Posted May 25th, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
The organization American Public Media (APM) recently wrote in their public comment that one critical way to help journalism is to establish tougher standards for public media organizations. APM believes that the public media system in the U.S. has been allowed to underperform for many years without consequences, and this has made it largely ineffective as compared to its international peers or measured against its mission.
Posted May 19th, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism, delivered this commencement speech to the Class of 2010:
Last year I urged our graduates to get involved in the larger conversation about the future of journalism that is now taking place very intensely in societies all over the world—a conversation that is going on not just within the confines of the profession, as was customary before the digital revolution arrived.
Posted May 7th, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
The FCC held its second Future of Media workshop on “Public and Other Noncommercial Media in the Digital Era” on April 30. Throughout the day, five panels of experts and industry leaders tackled a wide array of issues confronting public and noncommercial media.
Posted April 28th, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
The FCC is holding its second Future of Media workshop on Friday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the topic: “Public and Other Noncommercial Media in the Digital Era.”
The workshop will focus on several key issues, including:
-- The possibilities for greater collaboration among noncommercial media entities such as public broadcasters, PEG channels, noncommercial web-based outlets, and other new media entities;
-- The role of public and other noncommercial media in serving the information needs of the underserved, including minorities, children, the disabled, and the economically disadvantaged;
-- Evolving business and organizational structures of public and other noncommercial media entities and the ways these are impacted by government policy;
-- Innovative uses of social media, gaming, Internet applications, citizen journalism, mobile technologies, and other technological and organizational innovations;
-- The possibilities for new kinds of noncommercial media networks and associated funding models.
The workshop will be held in the Commission Meeting Room, Room TW-C305, at the FCC headquarters on 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC. The public is encouraged to attend. You can also participate in the workshop by viewing the FCC Live web page at www.fcc.gov/live. Submit questions to the panelists via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter using #FOMwkshop. View the press release and agenda (.pdf)
Posted April 23rd, 2010 by Irene Wu
Michele McLellan, Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow and consultant to the Knight Foundation, is studying promising news sites all over the country, with an eye to their overall, long-term sustainability. For a full discussion see www.rjionline.org/projects/mcellan/stories/community-news-sites/index.php At minimum these sites must:
She categorizes them into four main groups:
McLellan is surveying these sites and will release reports on how they develop content and generate revenue over the next few months. What do you think she is going to find? Any suggestions on further sites to include?Posted in
Posted April 19th, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
Posted April 6th, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
With the news media struggling to survive in the Internet age, questions are being raised as to who will pay for quality journalism. In an essay written by Adam Thierer and Berin Szoka of the Progress and Freedom Foundation, the authors critique proposals that increase the government role in sustaining journalism or promoting more “public interest” content.
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