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Welcome to the Free Press blog! We post several times a week on everything from Internet access to free speech to media mergers, so check back often to see what we’re up to.

  • Rebuilding Journalism By Rebuilding Trust

    September 15, 2010

    Last week, after much of the mainstream media worked itself into frenzy covering every angle of the Quran-burning story and the controversy over the proposed New York City Islamic community center, there was a moment of reflection in the press.

    Journalists began investigating their own roles in fanning the fires of the controversies they were trying to cover. Memos swirled through newsrooms at the New York Times, Fox, and the AP discussing how to handle the story.

  • No Excuse for Sensationalistic News

    September 13, 2010

    My last post, “No More Bleeding Ledes, Please”, has provoked a strong response from journalists, news producers and news consumers alike. I’m excited to have jumpstarted this discussion and want to respond to some of the themes that have emerged from readers’ comments.

  • No More Bleeding Ledes, Please

    September 10, 2010

    Sensationalism is rampant in our consolidated news system, where scandal, celebrity gossip and violence (or the threat of looming violence) lead the headlines. Ever wonder why this is all we see and read and hear?

    It isn’t simply that scandal and violence are all that’s happening in our communities; in fact, it’s the only news that companies want to cover. And they make it expressly clear to their reporters.

  • AT&T’s Latest Tactic: Rewrite History

    September 9, 2010

    AT&T can’t seem to get its story straight on Net Neutrality. For years, company spokespeople had claimed that the issue was a "solution in search of a problem."

    Over the last week, they’ve unwittingly defined the problem and it is … AT&T.

  • Journalism Debates Here and Abroad

    September 7, 2010

    I recently had the good fortune to talk at length with Sven Egil Omdal, a journalist from Norway who is in the US on a sabbatical and is studying journalism’s digital transition. We talked about newspaper economics, new models and experiments, the future of public media and the role of public policy. I was intrigued by the similarities and the differences in how this debate is unfolding in Scandinavia as compared to the US.

  • Net Neutrality Supports Independent Art

    September 3, 2010

    Dear Fans of the First Amendment:

  • AT&T’s Masquerade over Paid Discrimination

    September 3, 2010

    There have been quite a few punches thrown recently over the concept of “paid prioritization.” Free Press and AT&T have each taken swings over the

  • AT&T’s Masquerade over Paid Discrimination

    September 2, 2010

    There have been quite a few punches thrown recently over the concept of “paid prioritization.” Free Press and AT&T have each taken swings ove

  • Latino Freedom is Internet Freedom

    September 1, 2010

    Two separate, but intertwining trends -- the intense political activism of country's nearly 50 million Latinos and the historic fight to keep the internet as it is: free, flat and open-are fundamentally altering the meaning of freedom in the United States.

  • Inconvenient Truths – A Closer Look at Industry Misdirection

    August 27, 2010

    In the latest game of “back and forth with industry lobbyists,” Verizon responded to a Free Press statement strongly criticizing its assertion that the Go

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