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 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 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 19th, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
Posted March 16th, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism released their very important State of the Media report yesterday.
Here’s the report.
Posted in Ideas and Debates , Information Needs of Communities , Newspapers and Magazines
Posted March 3rd, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
The FCC is holding a workshop entitled “Serving the Public Interest in the Digital Era” on March 4, 2010 from 10:30 am to 5 pm.
The workshop will focus on:
Posted in Workshops , Ideas and Debates , Commercial TV and Radio , Information Needs of Communities
Posted February 19th, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
FCC finds that a limited extension of time will further the public interest by allowing all commenters additional time to file studies, analyses and other submissions in response to the Public Notice, facilitating the compilation of a more complete record. The deadline is therefore extended to Friday, May 7, 2010.
Posted in About the Project , Public Notices , Information Needs of Communities
Posted February 17th, 2010 by Irene Wu
In his book, Post-broadcast democracy: how media choice increases inequality in political involvement and polarizes elections (Cambridge, 2007), Markus Prior shows the following graphs. To simplify, he argues when people with little interest in public affairs lived in an environment with few media choices, they were more likely to hear the headlines – for example, catching a news reel while at the movies. With more media choices – cable and satellite television and the Internet – catching the news as a by-product of other activities declines. In other words, more Americans watched the news when there was little else to watch. Fast forward to today, this means that with more media, citizens who are not interested in politics live in an increasingly separate world those who are – thus elections and political involvement are more polarized. What do you think?
Posted in Ideas and Debates , Research and Studies , Information Needs of Communities
Posted February 4th, 2010 by Andrew Kaplan - Special Assistant to the Future of Media project
This past Tuesday, Frontline, an investigative journalism show airing nationally on PBS, explored how digital technologies are changing every aspect of our lives, including how we consume media in a 90 minute documentary Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier.
Posted January 20th, 2010 by William Freedman - Associate Bureau Chief, Media Bureau
The Future of Media project encourages comments and suggestions on the key questions about the changing media landscape. This post includes broad questions about the information needs of consumers and citizens. (The full public notice can be found here.)
1. What are the information needs of citizens and communities? Do citizens and communities have all the information they want and need? How has the situation changed during the past few years? In what ways has the situation improved? Gotten worse? Consider these categories:
· media platforms (e.g., broadcast, cable, satellite, print, Internet, mobile, gaming);
· media formats (e.g., video, audio, print, email, short message formats);
· geographic focus (e.g., international, national, state, regional, local, neighborhood, personal);
· media affiliation (e.g., independent, affiliated with an advocacy organization or movement, academic, governmental);
· organization type (e.g., commercial media, non-profits, public broadcasting, cultural/educational institutions);
· types of journalism (e.g., breaking news, investigative, analysis, commentary, beat reporting, objective reporting, advocacy, specialized, general interest, citizen generated, collaborative); and
· topics (e.g., politics, crime, schools, health, disasters, national news, foreign news, children’s programming).
2. How have the changes in the media landscape affected the delivery of critical information in times of natural disasters, extreme weather, or public health emergencies? From where do people get their information in such situations? What, if anything, should the Commission do to ensure that communities receive such often life-saving information widely and quickly?
3. How do young people receive educational and informational media content? How do they consider and process the news and information provided to them? How should these patterns affect government policy toward the future of the media?
4. Are media consumption patterns different in minority communities? How would those differences affect business models for various media platforms? What are the implications for the availability of news and information in minority communities? How should such business models and their implications affect government policy?
5. What roles should libraries and schools play in supporting community information flow? How can communities best make use of citizens’ talents and interests in the creation, analysis, curating, and sharing of information?
6. What are the best examples of Federal, state and local governments using new media to provide information to the public in a transparent, easy-to-use manner? When has this public information been provided directly to consumers and when has it been used as the basis for lower-cost reporting? In what formats should such data be provided? Should the laws on government provision of information to the public be changed?
Join the discussion to help improve the FCC. Your suggestions, ideas and comments will be part of a public discussion that furthers FCC reform.