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.

  • Anatomy of a Sunday Newspaper

    December 6, 2010

    There are many different yard sticks to measure the health and quality of a local news ecosystem. We track ad revenue and audience numbers. We count the number of news outlets and look at the number of newsroom job losses. We watch out for journalism innovators and interesting partnerships. But occasionally in all of these examinations we lose sight of the forest for the trees. Sometimes, it is best to examine the quality of the journalism itself.

    Earlier this year Clay Shirky did a comprehensive “news biopsy” of his hometown newspaper, the Columbia Daily Tribune. After literally dissecting the paper and weighing its different pieces he found that:

  • Putting the ‘Public’ Back in ‘Public Interest’

    December 3, 2010

    In today’s media landscape, where mega corporations run amuck, it’s easy to forget that the airwaves belong to the public. But they do, and in return for the free use of this extraordinarily valuable public resource, station owners agree to serve the public by providing a certain amount of public interest programming.

  • "Fake Net Neutrality" Scheme Threatens Internet Freedom

    December 2, 2010

    When Barack Obama was running for president, he made Net Neutrality an issue -- pledging to defend the core values of a free and open Internet by assuring that all Americans would have equal access to all websites and to all the promise of this digital age.

  • Damning Praise for Genachowski's Plan

    December 2, 2010

    For those keeping score, the phone and cable companies seem generally pleased with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s Net Neutrality proposal.

    If any questions remain about with whom the chairman has sided in the debate, read on:

  • FCC Chairman Announces Fake Net Neutrality Proposal

    December 1, 2010

    This morning, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that he will finally seek a vote on President Obama's top tech issue, "Net Neutrality." There's just one problem: According to the New York Times, it's not even close to the real Net Neutrality that President Obama promised the

  • Haiti News Start-Up Challenges Conventional Reconstruction Wisdom

    November 30, 2010

    January's devastating earthquake flooded Haiti with millions of dollars in foreign aid and hundreds of journalists from around the world. Ten months later, most of the reporters have left the country, but the donated money remains--and local groups are wondering how it's being spent.

    Although the Haitian earthquake made the top headlines for weeks in the United States, the disaster-chasing media has been less excited about the clean-up efforts, or holding the approximately 10,000 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) overrunning the country--and the government--accountable for the quality of the reconstruction.

  • Comcast Busted: New Tolls for Netflix Aren't All You Should Worry About

    November 30, 2010

    In the past 24 hours Comcast has been exposed committing blatant abuses of its power over all things media.

  • Consumer Choice, Meet the Wireless ‘Confusopoly’

    November 22, 2010

    Samsung’s Galaxy Tab – the first major Android tablet to compete with the Apple iPad – has emerged. Unlike Apple’s devices, Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab through a range of carriers, including the Big Four: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

  • Community Radio is Bipartisan. Really.

    November 17, 2010

    The 111th Congress only has a scant few days remaining before the doors shut and their legacy is complete. Seems like a good time to really get down to some of this “bipartisan” business that we’ve been hearing so much about.

  • Slam Poetry and Stories Shine at New Mexico Internet Hearing

    November 17, 2010

    Last night, more than 400 people attended a hearing on the Future of the Internet in Albuquerque to share their stories about living without broadband, as well as their concerns about losing free speech online, with Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps.


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