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A Collection of Studies on the Future of Media

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

Albertson, Bethany, & Lawrence, Adria (2009, March). After the Credits Roll: The Long-Term Effects of Educational Television on Public Knowledge and Attitudes. American Politics Research, 37(2), 275-300. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1532673X08328600.


 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.

American Library Association. (2009, Apr.). The State of America’s Libraries, A Report from the American Library Association. Available at http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/mediapresscenter/presskits/2009stateofamericaslibraries/State%20draft_04.10.09.pdf.
American Society of News Editors. (2009, Apr. 16). U.S. Newsroom Employment Declines. Available at http://asne.org/article_view/smid/370/articleid/12/reftab/101.aspx.
American University Center for Social Media. (2009, Sept.). Scan and Analysis of Best Practices in Digital Journalism In and Outside U.S. Public Broadcasting. Available at http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/resources/publications/CPB_journalism_scan/.
Anderson, Brian C., & Thierer, Adam D. (2008, September). A Manifesto for Media Freedom. Manhattan Institute. Available at  http://www.manhattan-institute.org/manifesto_for_media_freedom/.
ARAnet. (2009, Sept. 24). Survey: Americans Increase Use of Online and Radio News Sources; Hispanics Increasingly Turning to Online News Sources. Available at http://aranetonline.com/Docs/MediaUsageCredibilitySurvey_092409.pdf.
Aufderheide, Pat, & Clark, Jessica (2009, Feb.). Public Media 2.0: Dynamic, Engaged Publics (A Future of Public Media Project). American University Center for Social Media. Available at http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/resources/publications/public_media_2_0_dynamic_engaged_publics/.
Baumann, Michael G. (2006, Oct.). “Review of the Increases in Non-Entertainment Programming Provided in Markets with Newspaper Owned Television Stations”: An Update(submitted by Media General, Inc. to the FCC’s 2006 Quadrennial Review of Media Ownership Rules – MB Docket No. 06-121). Available at http://webapp01.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=6518534505 (p. 145).
Berkowitz, Dan (2007, Oct.). Professional views, community news: Investigative reporting in small US dailies. Journalism, 8(5), 551-558. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464884907081051.
Borrell, Gordon (2009, Aug. 6). The Rumors of Newspapers' Death (Borrell Associates Report). Available at http://www.borrellassociates.com/wordpress/2009/08/06/the-rumors-of-newspapers-death/.
Bystrom, Dianne G., & Dimitrova, Daniela V. (2007, Mar.). Rocking the Youth Vote:  How Television Covered Young Voters and Issues in a 2004 Target State. American Behavioral Scientist, 50(9), 1124-1136. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0002764207299363.


Champlin, Dell, & Knoedler, Janet (2002). Operating in the Public Interest or in Pursuit of Private Profits? News in the Age of Media Consolidation. Journal of Economic Issues, 36(2). Available at http://diglib.lib.utk.edu/utj/jei/36/jei-36-2-24.pdf.
Chipty, Tasneem (2007, June 24). Station Ownership and Programming in Radio (Media Ownership Research Study 5). Available at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-3470A6.pdf. (Study commissioned by FCC for FCC’s 2006 Quadrennial Review of Media Ownership Rules.)
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Recap of March 4 Workshop

Posted March 5th, 2010 by Christopher Clark - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project

Yesterday the Future of Media project hosted a workshop on Serving the Public Interest in the Digital Era to address how the new media environment necessitates policy changes in the FCC’s approach to enforcing the public interest obligation.  The day-long session featured panelists discussing the history of media policy, the state of traditional media sources, and how the digital media revolution is changing the way people consume and participate in media. We will be posting the panelists' statements and an archived video of the workshop on the workshops page soon. In the meantime, you can view the workshop here.

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New Study from Pew Internet & American Life Project

Posted March 2nd, 2010 by Christopher Clark - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project

Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has released an interesting study about online news consumption.  Currently, more people get their news from the Internet than from any other medium, other than TV.  Some of the news and information most commonly sought online include weather forecasts, national news, information about health/medicine, and business/financial news.  When seeking out these (and other) types of information, most Americans (92%) utilize multiple platforms (e.g., national TV, local TV, Internet, national newspapers, local newspapers, radio) in a typical day. Those who use the web tend to visit only a few news sites regularly, and a significant percentage of online news consumers value portability, the opportunity to participate in creating news, and the ability to customize the news content that they receive. Social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter play a significant role in news dissemination. Check out the study for yourself and view the press release here.

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Other Relevant Conferences/Hearings

Posted January 17th, 2010 by Christopher Clark - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project

1.                  Media Ownership Workshops, Federal Communications Commission:
·              Policy Scholars' Panel, November 2, 2009
·              Financial Issues, January 12, 2010
2.                  The Future of Journalism (hearing of the Senate subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet),” U.S. Senate Committee on Science, Commerce, and Transportation, May 6, 2009.
3                  How Journalism will Survive the Internet Age,” Federal Trade Commission.
4.                  Knight Commission Meetings & Forums:
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·              “Report Launch – Washington, DC,” October 2, 2009;
·              “Knight Commission Meeting – FOCAS,” August 16, 2009;
·              “Knight Commission Meeting – Washington, DC,” May 13, 2009;
·              “Knight Commission Meeting – Miami,” February 20, 2009;
·              “Knight Commission Meeting – Chicago,” November 17, 2008;
·              “Missoula Community Forum,” October 25, 2008;
·              “Philadelphia Community Forum,” September 27, 2008;
·              “Public Community Forum – Silicon Valley,” September 8, 2008;
·              “Commission Meeting – FOCAS,” August 9, 2008;
·              “First Commission Meeting,” June 24, 2008.
5.                  Journalism & The New Media Ecology: Who Will Pay The Messenger?” Yale Law School Knight Law and Media Program and Information Society Project, Nov. 13–14, 2009. 
6.                  Building an Investigative News Network,” Pocantico, June 28–30, 2009.
7.                  “Meeting on the Future of Journalism,” National Academies of Science, Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, May 21, 2009.
8.                  New Models for Nonprofit Ownership of Media,” Duke University, May 4–5, 2009.
9.              The Future of News: Creating a New Model for Regional Journalism in America,” American Public Media, Minnesota Public Radio, November 16, 2009.
10              We’re Changing Media Together,” Free Press, May 14, 2009.
11.         "gov 2.0 Summit," Washington DC, September 9-10, 2009.
12.        "2008 National Conference for Media Reform," Free Press, June 6-8, 2008.
13.         "The Crisis in Journalism: What Should the Government Do?" Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, Washington, DC, February 17, 2010.
14.        "Public Media and Local Journalism: Meeting Community Information Needs," National Center for Media Engagement, March 25, 2010.
15.        "Transitioned Media: A Turning Point into the Digital Realm," Columbia University, New York, May 21, 2010.
16.        "The Future of News: Perspectives from the U.S., Europe, and Emerging Economies," Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, New York, April 16, 2010.

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