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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.

  • Is Sprint stopping aid from reaching Haiti?

    March 25, 2010

    Something is rotten in the world of mobile fundraising.

    Earlier this year, thousands of Americans donated to Haiti relief efforts, simply by sending text messages from their phones and donating $10 on the spot. It was a cool and easy way to donate to a good cause.

  • Net Neutrality: Wishing We Were All on the Same Team

    March 23, 2010

    We are witnessing a critical moment in U.S. history that comes once in a lifetime.

  • L.A. Events Put the Public Back in the Public Interest

    March 23, 2010

    The recent study of L.A. television news by the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg, which documents the tiny amount of TV news time allotted to local government coverage, is bringing local groups together to stand up for the public interest.

    In response to the study, Kathay Feng, executive director of California Common Cause, said, “Our city is on the brink of bankruptcy, social services are being watered down, but we receive so little coverage from local TV stations.”

  • In Pictures: Online and Open for Business

    March 22, 2010

    Follow your bliss because it makes good business sense – if you’re doing what you love, it shows in your products and services.

  • Protecting Internet Freedom Will Close the Digital Divide. Period. End of Story.

    March 18, 2010

    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski took questions about the recently-released National Broadband Plan (NBP) on YouTube Monday.

  • What Journalists Should Learn From the Paparazzi

    March 17, 2010

    It took me years of searching, but I think I finally found the aggressive, audacious, uncompromising media our democracy needs.

    While channel-surfing the other day, I came across a fresh-faced, young reporter for a cable network aggressively following an important person around an airport and refusing to let up with his questions. The unwilling interviewee grew angry, suddenly snapping and shouting at the reporter to leave him alone.

    “Do you think you’re immune to questions?” the reporter shouted back repeatedly.

    I was speechless. “Do you think you’re immune to questions?” It was perfect—such a simple and powerful question.

  • A Man. A Plan. A Problem. The Internet.

    March 17, 2010

    Judging from the back-slapping and high fives over at the FCC, you’d think that America’s Internet was sailing smoothly into the future. Think again.

  • The Internet Gave Me a Voice

    March 17, 2010

    As a high school kid, I fell in love with the Internet. It was a place where I could go home after school and chat with five friends on IM, share hip hop songs from the local Philly scene, and even learn about love and relationships.

    As I grew up, the Internet helped me develop my political voice.

  • Net Neutrality: Opening the Doors of Opportunity

    March 17, 2010

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn made a direct appeal to the civil rights community to support Net Neutrality rules during an appearance at a forum hosted by the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies in Washington earlier this month.

  • What is the State of the Media in 2010?

    March 16, 2010

    A year ago, we were still building SaveTheNews.org, writing our first major report and holding early meetings with journalism leaders about the future of news and public policy. Our DC meeting included folks from the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism, who gave us a brief snapshot of their 2009 State of the Media report. It was an optimistic presentation, emphasizing the dramatic growth in news readership and the exciting new online news ventures developing all over the country.

    This year’s State of the Media report, released yesterday, paints a much different picture. The brief summary is that newsroom cuts and dwindling budgets are still wracking the news industry, and new business models and nonprofit journalism projects are not developing fast enough to fill in the gaps. While the report does not address public policy directly, there are a number of important findings that highlight how bad policies have undermined journalism, and suggest ways new policies could help meet the information needs of communities.

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