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The Future of Media and Information Needs of Communities in a Digital Age Docket . Comments Due May 7, 2010. Comments can be filed at FCC ECFS. Learn about FCC Process.
- Information Needs of Communities Report
The Information Needs of Communities
- 1/21/10 FCC Launches Examination of the Future of Media and Information Needs of Communities in a Digital Age. Comment Date: 3/8/10. Public Notice: Word | Acrobat
- As the nation's expert agency involved in media and communications policies, the FCC has begun an examination of the future of media and the information needs of communities in a digital age. The objective of this review is to assess whether all Americans have access to vibrant, diverse sources of news and information that will enable them to enrich their lives, their communities and our democracy. The Future of Media project will produce a report providing a clear, precise assessment of the current media landscape, analyze policy options and, as appropriate, make policy recommendations to the FCC, other government entities, and other parties.
- FCC Announces Second Future Of Media Workshop On: "Public And Other Noncommercial Media In The Digital Era". News Release. (Dkt No 10-25 ). News Media Contact: Janice Wise TXT
- 2/18/10 Report From Steve Waldman on Future of Media. Waldman Presentation: Acrobat Copps Statement: Word | Acrobat McDowell Statement: Word | Acrobat
- 2/18/10 The Future of Media and Information Needs of Communities in a Digital Age, Extension of Comment Dates.
Order: Word | Acrobat
- 2/12/10 FCC Announces March 4, 2010 Workshop on the Future of Media & Information Needs of Communities: Serving the Public Interest in the Digital Era. News Release: Word | Acrobat
- Media Bureau Announces Panelists And Agenda For Media Ownership Workshop On Financial And Marketplace Issues. News Release. (Dkt No 09-182 ). News Media Contact: Janice Wise at 8165, MB . Contact Mania Baghdadi or Amy Brett at 2330 TXT
- STEVEN WALDMAN NAMED TO LEAD FCC EFFORT ON FUTURE OF MEDIA IN A CHANGING TECHNOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE. News Release. News Media Contact: Jen Howard at 0506, email: Jen.Howard OCH TXT
- The FCC's "Future of Media" Inquiry: What Is the FCC Doing - And Why?, Nextgenweb 4/23/2010
- The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 4: Expanding Postal Subsidies, TLF 4/21/2010
Comments Due Nov 6, 2009 . To file comments
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comments in advance of upcoming workshops that will explore the Internet's impact on the news media, including the new avenues for innovation and the financial challenges that it has created for the industry. The workshops on Dec. 1-2, 2009 will consider a wide range of issues, such as Internet-related changes in advertising and the way people receive news, ideas for reducing costs and restructuring news organizations, potential for-profit and non-profit models for journalism, and the evolving competition among news organizations.
In a notice to be published in the Federal Register, the FTC is asking for input on a series of questions to be addressed in the workshops, including:
- How is the Internet changing the way consumers access news and how advertising dollars are spent?
- What economic challenges do news organizations face today?
- What cost-cutting measures have news organizations considered? Which have they adopted, and how have they affected the provision of news to consumers?
- What collaborations are news organizations undertaking or considering to deal with financial challenges brought about by the Internet?
- How is the Internet changing the way news organizations and others research, write, edit, produce, and distribute news?
- What innovative forms of journalism have emerged due to the Internet?
- What are the business models, including the revenue sources, for journalism on the Internet?
- How are news organizations likely to compete for audience and advertising in the future?
- Are new or changed government policies needed to support optimal amounts and types of journalism, including public affairs coverage?
- Should the tax code be modified to provide special status or tax breaks to all or certain types of news organizations?
- Do current U.S. copyright protections provide enough incentive to create news content?
- Should the federal government provide additional funding for news organizations?
The Commission will consider comments received by November 6, 2009, in preparing for the workshops; later comments will be accepted as well.
Participants in the FTC workshops will include journalists, editors, owners, and other representatives of news organizations, online advertisers, new media representatives (such as bloggers and local news Web sites), consumer advocates, academics, economists, and government officials. The FTC will post an agenda for the workshops at a later time.
The workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the FTC's satellite building conference center, located at 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC. All attendees will be required to display a current driver's license or other form of photo identification for entry.
For more information about the workshops, please visit. To file comments, visit. The Commission vote approving the Federal Register notice announcing the workshops and soliciting public comments was 4-0.
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- Susan Athey, Markus Mobius, The Impact of News Aggregators on Internet News Consumption: The Case for Localization, Feb. 24, 2013
- Lisa M. George, Local News Online: Aggregators, Geo-Targeting and the Market for Local News, Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications, Winter 2013
- James Rutt, Aggregators and the News Industry: Charging for Access to Content, July 3, 2012
- Lesley Chiou and Catherine Tucker, Copyright, Digitalization, and Aggregation
- Glaser, Mark (February 4, 2010). "Google News to Publishers: Let's Make Love Not War". PBS.
"Like the court gazettes in Europe, these papers posed no challenge to authority; they primarily chronicled events across the Atlantic but provided little information about developments at home, much less any critical discussion of politics. Monopoly newspapers had little incentive to do otherwise; in each case, the publisher was either a postmaster or a government printer and therefore dependent on the authorities for his livelihood" [Starr p 56] [See Network Neutrality]