The phone and cable companies released their second quarter federal lobbying reports today, and it comes as no surprise that they’re still flooding Washington with money to influence media policy and woo lawmakers.
Last week, Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University, published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled, “Journalism Needs Government Help.” As Bollinger argues, evidence is mounting that there simply is not enough private capital from traditional revenue sources such as advertising, subscriptions and philanthropy to pay for the quality journalism our communities need. Slowly but surely, people are conceding that there is a role for carefully crafted public policy that will foster a new age of innovative, diverse, local and hard-hitting reporting.
Free Press filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission today urging the agency to swiftly implement Chairman Genachowski's proposal to re-establish a legal framework that allows the Commission to connect millions of Americans to broadband and protect free speech and innovation online.
I have spent a good deal of time recently looking at two new trends in journalism - the tendency toward journalism collaborations, and the increased emphasis on community engagement. Obviously, neither of these ideas is "new" in the sense that they’ve never been tried, but the rate at which they are being adopted is a clear sign of some fundamental shifts in the way reporting is done.
Recently, however, a few bits of information came my way and reminded me that everything old is new again.