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.

  • You’re Invited! Free Press Summit: Ideas to Action

    April 20, 2010

    In recent weeks we’ve seen everyone from health care reform supporters, tea party patriots, industry lobbyists and immigration activists flood our nation’s capital. But on Tuesday, May 11th, there will be a different crowd in town.

  • Can the FCC Clean Up After Itself?

    April 20, 2010

    Harvard Professor Larry Lessig doesn’t hold back a critique of the FCC for getting itself into its present broadband mess.

  • Video: Journalist Rita Hibbard on 'Community Powered Reporting'

    April 19, 2010

    Spot.Us, the community-funded journalism project born in San Francisco in 2008, has now expanded its coverage to Seattle.

    The non-profit project has pioneered “community powered reporting,” allowing the public to commission and support specific investigative journalism stories, as well as participate in some aspects of the reporting. Seattle is the third area to join the Spot.Us network; the organization also operates in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

  • The iPad: Your Shiny Consumer Straitjacket

    April 16, 2010

    The iPad is here, and many people love it. But, uniquely for Apple, some fans and techies aren’t impressed enough to overlook that the iPad is probably the most restricted computing device to hit the personal computing market in years. Thanks to the iPad and the fourth-generation iPhone operating system, we may be approaching a new era of a closed Internet.

  • Public Outcry over Comcast Ruling Reaches the FCC

    April 15, 2010

    The public outrage over last week's appeals court decision against an open Internet reached Washington this week.

  • Teaching Journalism in the Digital Age

    April 15, 2010

    On January 27, 2010, the day Steve Jobs announced that the brand new iPad would not work with Flash, I was preparing to teach the second week of "Web Design for Journalists" at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The class, too, was brand new. The topic was building cutting edge motion graphics to enhance our reporting. And we were going to use…Flash.

    The salt-flats speed of technology haunts the syllabi of new media journalism professors. Yet for all the time new technologies gobble up, the primary challenge for journalism schools in 2010 is a more basic question of identity: What should a journalism program teach in the digital world?

  • Ten Policy Debates Shaping Journalism Right Now

    April 15, 2010

    The wide-ranging debates and policy proceedings happening in DC right now regarding the future of media could have an enormous impact on journalism in America. Here’s a rundown of the key debates that will shape journalism in the coming years.

  • Eyes on the Prize in Philly

    April 14, 2010

    Two amazing women won the Pulitzer for my city this week – Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman. They investigated corrupt narcotics cops who lied about evidence, and threatened and got violent when the reporters brought the story to light. Their series – Tainted Justice – bubbles like the best potboiler – until you remember that families’ lives and hundreds of folks accused of crimes were brought down by this corrupt team of police. Laker and Ruderman’s story has resulted in, according to the Daily News’s victory lap article in Tuesday’s paper:

    Their investigation into Officer Jeffrey Cujdik and other members of the Narcotics Field Unit began last February, when an informant told the reporters that the cops sometimes lied on search warrants.

  • Net Neutrality Needs Your Help TODAY

    April 14, 2010

    It would be at best sophomoric and at worst patronizing to stop by here and “tell you” how important the Internet is to our economy and political culture now.

  • Video: Free Press’s Ben Scott on Net Neutrality's Future

    April 13, 2010

    Are you still trying to make sense of last week's court decision, which ruled the FCC lacks authority over the Internet? There have been so many articles and so much spin, it’s hard to know what this decision means for Net Neutrality and our work to bridge the nation’s digital divide.

    For some clarity, check out this Q&A between Washington Post's Cecilia Kang and Free Press policy director Ben Scott, in which they discuss the effect of last week's court decision on the future of the Internet.


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