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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.

  • Journalism Collaborations: Lessons and Questions from the Field

    May 18, 2010

    On the last day of the Journalism Innovations conference earlier this month, a group of journalists gathered around a table at the University of San Francisco to talk about struggles and opportunities related to new kinds of media collaboration. The group was a diverse mix of new and old media including Salon, Mother Jones, San Francisco Public Press, Spot.Us, The San Francisco Chronicle, California Watch and others. The conversation was part storytelling, part Q&A, and part troubleshooting.

    At first, people were most interested in sharing their experiences with collaboration and describing the projects they were working on currently. However, before long the conversation took on a much more critical tone and the results were a fairly frank assessment of new news collaborations and some initial lessons from those on the front lines of this work.

  • Measuring Informed Communities at the Free Press Summit

    May 14, 2010

    We talk a lot about the digital divide, the lack of local news coverage in communities across the country, and how this absence of information affects civic participation, quality of life and ultimately our democracy. We are facing a growing information divide that is leaving more and more people with less and less access to the basic information that helps them make choices about their jobs, families and communities. We have to have a national approach to the challenge of meeting these information needs.

    But first we have to answer a few core questions: How do we define the information needs of communities, and how do we measure them? What metrics should we use and what tools do we need? Are communities receiving quality news and information? A panel at the Free Press Summit delved into these questions because understanding our communities information needs is essential in shaping the policies and solutions we fight for in our quest for a better media system.

  • Internet Showdown: Conservatives v. Justice Scalia

    May 14, 2010

    Earlier this week, corporate front group Americans for Prosperity -- the same group that compared health care reform to the Holocaust -- announced a $1.4 million advertising blitz to stop the FCC's "government takeover of the Internet."

  • Internet Showdown: Conservatives v. Justice Scalia

    May 14, 2010

    Earlier this week, corporate front group Americans for Prosperity -- the same group that compared health care reform to the Holocaust -- announced a $1.4 million advertising blitz to stop the FCC's "government takeover of the Internet."

  • Clyburn Expresses Support for Title II

    May 13, 2010

    FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is an open Internet champion.

    She understands the importance of a neutral Net for consumers, for businesses and for innovation, and she didn’t hold back from expressing her support for reclassifying broadband during a speech at the Free Press Summit on Tuesday.

  • FCC’s “Third Way” Plan Will Enable Broadband Adoption

    May 13, 2010

    Today, the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet held a hearing on "The National Broadband Plan: Promoting Broadband Adoption.”

  • Million-Dollar Ad Blitz to Kill Net Neutrality

    May 13, 2010

    On Tuesday morning, an AT&T-funded front group, Americans for Prosperity, announced a $1.4 million advertising blitz to try to convince Americans that the FCC is plotting to "take over the Internet."

  • Free Press Summit Sparks Conversations about Future of Media

    May 11, 2010

    At yesterday's Free Press Summit: Ideas to Action, our goal was to spark a conversation about the future of journalism and the Internet, and I think we succeeded – both in D.C. where the event was held, and online in a live chat room about the event.

  • In D.C. or Online Tomorrow: Join the Conversation to Change Media

    May 10, 2010

    Tomorrow is the Free Press Summit: Ideas to Action in Washington, D.C., where nearly 500 people are converging to talk about how we continue to create a better media system. The event is free and open to the public (doors open at 9 a.m.). Seats will be given to registrants first, and then we’ll fill the room to capacity.

  • Free Press, Allies and Citizens Tell FCC to Reshape Media for the Better

    May 10, 2010

    Friday marked the public’s last chance to file comments with the Federal Communications Commission’s Future of Media initiative, and people didn’t hold back from telling the agency they want a better media system.

    This proceeding represents an ambitious yet critical undertaking by the FCC to examine the news and information needs of communities in light of economic and technological shifts in the media industry. The agency is reviewing media laws that shape everything we see, read and hear, and asked the public to weigh in.

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