What does the FTC have to do with journalism? FTC Chairman John Liebowitz has said, "We do two things at the FTC: competition and consumer protection. Both of those issues touch on the future of journalism.”
There is a new voice in Texas news: The Texas Tribune went live at midnight last night. But the Texas Tribune is not just a new source for news and information; it is a new model for multi-platform nonprofit news. In fact, CEO and Editor Evan Smith sees the Tribune as a new kind of “public media.” He wants the Texas Tribune to build community, to be a central hub for ideas and innovation in Texas, and to inspire citizens to engage in the world around them. It’s a big, bold project that has built upon the successes and failures of numerous other nonprofit journalism ventures.
I sat down with Evan Smith last week to talk about how the Texas Tribune is different from any other news site out there, and about the role journalists should play in fighting for the future of news.
I gave a presentation last week at the National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas. It was a great crowd that offered some challenging questions and generated a good discussion. All in all, a short one-hour conference session is a tough venue for an in-depth discussion about an issue as complex as the future of journalism.
I’m embedding my presentation here in hopes of continuing the conversation in the comment section of this blog.
This week on Free Press' radio show Media Minutes, Len Downie and Michael Schudson discuss their new report, "The Reconstruction of American Journalism." They continue their conversation in a Media Minutes Extra segment. You can listen to the audio or read the transcript below:
The Reconstruction of American Journalism, a new report from the Columbia School of Journalism, surveys a wide swath of the journalism landscape and suggests a path forward in this new era of digital news.
Today’s Washington Postop-ed by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols recovers a past too many Americans have forgotten and sets the record straight on the government’s role in protecting journalism.
“We seek to renew a rich if largely forgotten legacy of the American free-press tradition, one that speaks directly to today's crisis,” they write. “The First Amendment necessarily prohibits state censorship, but it does not prevent citizens from using their government to subsidize and spawn independent media.”
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took a historic step towards developing new rules to safeguard the free and open nature of the Internet, fulfilling a key campaign promise of President Obama's and kicking off a process that has been years in the making.