Academic associations tend to be politically conservative.
I don't mean that they revere Ronald Reagan and Milton Friedman, though plenty of scholars do. Rather, each group – representing a field's professors and graduate students – tends to evade controversy, rarely taking a public stance on an issue that might divide the membership.
This is a guest post by David Westphal, senior fellow at the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the University of Southern California. He is the author, along with Geoffrey Cowan, of Public Policy and Funding the News, published this week by the University of Southern California’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.
For most of American history, the government has helped sustain commercial news businesses in two significant ways. It has offered steeply discounted mailing rates to newspaper and magazine publishers, and it has required government agencies and commercial businesses alike to publish paid notices in newspapers.
Martin Luther King Jr. said: “We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
This is the fourth in a series of posts by Chris Riley, Free Press Policy Counsel, to summarize the primary policy recommendations made in recent comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission in its open Internet proceeding. Today’s topic: disclosure.
This is a guest post by Josh Wilson of Newsdesk.org, a commercial-free, non-politicized news source covering important but overlooked issues from around the world.
Want to save the news? Stop worrying about journalism institutions, and start worrying about journalists.
Much of the discussion about media and journalism is about institutions and their relationships with citizens. The issues — that journalism institutions must be transparent, accountable, and provide real value and relevance to the community — are clear enough.
At this Wednesday’s big event, a chief executive will introduce a new approach to the world. In a much-publicized speech, he’ll describe why we need to take this painful, necessary step into the future. With threats coming from all sides, he’ll detail the cost to the American public.
This is the third in a series of posts by Chris Riley, Free Press Policy Counsel, to summarize the primary policy recommendations made in recent comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission in its open Internet proceeding. Today’s topic: wireless networks.