On Monday, the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)
released its annual “State of the News Media” study. The study covers a lot of ground, providing
data about readership/viewership, ad revenues, ownership, journalism jobs, and
content across every news medium, be it print, broadcast or digital. During the
next few weeks, we’ll be diving deeper into the data, bringing you our analysis
of how all this research can inform the media reform movement.
The increasing dominance of the Internet as a news platform gets a
lot of attention in the study. Let’s take a look at some of the media policy
implications of what they found.
Free Press Research Director S. Derek Turner testified on Thursday on behalf of the Free Press Action Fund and the SavetheInternet.com coalition before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
Several dozen Pittsburghers honored Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) as he received a "Community Radio Champion Award" on Saturday.
The award, presented by Free Press and the Prometheus Radio Project, recognizes Congressman Doyle’s championship of the “Local Community Radio Act,” a bill that will create space on the radio dial for hundreds of new community radio stations across the country. Advocates for these Low Power FM – or LPFM stations – have been working for years to pass this bill.
Senators Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill today that would eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This bill joins six other bills taking aim at public broadcasting already introduced in the House. DeMint wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today to make his case, attacking – of all things – CEO salaries at public broadcasting outlets.
Over the past few weeks
I've been tracking the arguments of public broadcasting advocates
fighting efforts in Congress to defund the service. This week, defenders
got a bit of a reprieve, as Obama signed a two-week extension of the
the deadline for the Senate and House to devise a final funding bill for
Canadian Internet users rose up to defend Internet freedom when they beat back an attempt by the big telecoms to meter broadband usage. After a public outcry, both the liberal and conservative parties came together to stop the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission – the Canadian version of the U.S.
Revered filmmaker Ken Burns added his voice to the throngs of people defending public broadcasting from funding cuts in Congress.
Burns has been creating documentary films for 30 years, and some of his most notable productions include The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), and The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009). All of these films were produced with help from PBS.