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.
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.
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.
The Federal Communications Commission’s announcement last week that it will pursue a “Third Way” approach to its oversight of broadband networks has stirred up intense reactions among stakeholders. It is a monumental decision.
On Thursday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski blinked. He balked. He backed away from phone and cable companies and moved toward broadband policies that will preserve the open Internet and promote universal access.
Last month, a court case brought by Comcast revoked the authority of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate Internet service providers. This decision placed President Obama’s key technology priorities -- like bringing fast, affordable, neutral Internet into every home -- on the edge of a precipice.
Journalists are paid to be more connected and tuned in than the average person. A paradox of the modern news business is that, whether by accident or design, journalists are a highly cloistered bunch.
In the interests of objectivity, we have put ourselves at a remove from the communities in which we live--choosing instead to work the phones and computers from cubicles in newsrooms, and to head out to the streets when we have information to gather. There are many exceptions to this. But in my experience, this is how it is in most newsrooms.
At a distance, our audience becomes an abstraction. We unwittingly design our coverage for our fellow editors and reporters, not for an audience whose unmet information needs we should know intimately and seek to fill.