This report surveys the public media policies and structures of 14 democratic nation-states around the world, and how they fund and protect the autonomy of journalism and public media. The results are encouraging. Public media in every nation examined provide more and higher quality public affairs programming and a greater diversity of genres and unique perspectives than their commercial counterparts. Publicly subsidized newspapers are just as or more critical of government than their advertising-subsidized competitors.
Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott calls for a national journalism strategy to address the problems in the news industry and promote a vibrant news marketplace at a U.S. House hearing entitled "A New Age for Newspapers: Diversity of Voices, Competition and the Internet.
The first report in this series provides an in-depth analysis of ideas and proposals being debated about the future of the news business and advocates for a range of short- and long-term strategies. Saving the News calls for a far-reaching national journalism strategy built around the principles of protecting the First Amendment, producing quality news coverage, providing adversarial perspectives, promoting public accountability and prioritizing innovation.
Though the debate around network neutrality is heated and contentious, all sides agree that the abstract quality of “openness” is the defining characteristic of the Internet, and is why the Internet has risen from its original status as an obscure technology to become an essential infrastructure in a matter of years, not decades.
Free Press, along with the Center for Media Justice, Media Access Project, New America Foundation Open Technology Institute and Presente.org, filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to investigate claims that new service plans being offered by mobile provider MetroPCS block and discriminate against Internet content, applications and websites.
This proceeding goes to the heart of resolving an increasingly widespread consumer issue: shockingly high bills for wireless communications services. As the Commission noted in the NPRM, three studies of the problem have shown that unexpectedly high charges affect millions of consumers. Immediate consumer protections are needed to minimize further harm.
This report outlines the true potential of a new public media system in America. Public Media's Moment examines the role of public media in our society in the midst of tremendous political and technological opportunities. With an eye toward narrowing the range of policy options on the table, the report outlines a visionary-yet-viable agenda to bolster and expand public media that is diverse, participatory and meets the information needs of today's communities.