• The Entire Future of Media

    March 4, 2010

    It’s not often that policymakers are willing to slow down and take a broad look at the decisions that they have made, the changes they’ve incurred and the direction we need to head toward. But the Federal Communications Commission’s “Future of Media” inquiry is doing just that. The agency is taking a holistic look at our media system -- public media, journalism, media ownership and Internet, and the policies that have shaped the system.

  • PBS: Number one in public trust (again and again and again…)

    February 18, 2010

    Stand aside, cable news networks. For seven years and running, PBS has clocked in at number one in public trust – and this year is no exception. Considering that the purpose of public media is to meet the needs of the public and not the shareholders, this poll is a good sign that PBS is on the right track.

  • Journalism: A Classic ‘Public Good’

    January 8, 2010

    This post also appears at www.NewPublicMedia.org.

    Last year practically burst at the seams with reports, conferences and other high-profile gatherings on the future of journalism. So what comes next? As one blog post summarized in December, “If 2009 was a year of study and debate about the future of journalism, 2010 must be a year of action.”

    Those looking for a roadmap this year should turn to the latest analysis from Bob McChesney and John Nichols, whose new book, The Death and Life of American Journalism, kicks off the new decade with some sage advice: You want to save journalism? Take a history lesson, stop fear-mongering about government involvement in journalism, and get organized.

  • Leading Role for Public Media at FTC

    December 3, 2009

    This post originally appeared on www.NewPublicMedia.org

    The second act of the Federal Trade Commission’s production of the latest off-Broadway hit, “Much Ado about the Future of Journalism,” came with a nice plot twist. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) kicked it off yesterday with a commendable soliloquy that pushed the market forces argument out of the spotlight by introducing suggestions for policy changes to promote a “vigorous” free press.

  • The Future of News

    November 20, 2009

    On Monday, a crowd of 150 leaders in journalism, philanthropy and business gathered in St. Paul, Minn., to address the crisis of declining local and regional journalism. The Future of News summit, hosted by American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio, tackled complex questions facing the worlds of commercial and public media alike.

  • Public Media: Front and Center at the Future of News

    October 28, 2009

    This post originally appeared on www.NewPublicMedia.org.

    Throughout the country and across the political divide, there has been a surge of support lately for a national investment in journalism. Meeting the information needs of our communities has become what the Twitter folks would call “a trending topic.”

    In fact, this month alone saw the release of two major reports on the state of journalism and newsgathering in the United States.

  • Rather to Obama: Journalism Needs Help

    July 30, 2009

    In a passionate speech in Colorado on Tuesday night, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called on President Obama to form a White House commission on journalism and public media.

  • Rather to Obama: Journalism Needs Help

    July 29, 2009

    In a passionate speech in Colorado on Tuesday night, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called on President Obama to form a White House commission on journalism and public media.

    Citing declining investment in investigative journalism and the loss of news outlets that regularly monitor institutions of power, Rather said that all citizens should be concerned about the crisis in journalism. "A democracy and free people cannot thrive without a fiercely independent press," he said.

  • Want better radio? Pick up your (micro)phones

    July 16, 2009

    Sometimes passing good public policy is about telling compelling stories. In the case of our quest to pass the Local Community Radio Act, which could put new LPFM stations on the air across the country, there are numerous stories to tell.

  • Local Radio Triumphs Again

    June 12, 2009

    Local radio advocates have been cranking up the volume, and it’s paying off. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a Federal Communications Commission ruling that protects existing Low Power FM stations from being knocked off the air by full power stations. And yesterday, a House subcommittee held a hearing on the Local Community Radio Act, a bill that would expand the number of LPFM radio stations across the country.