• Call Your Rep Today for Better Radio

    July 20, 2009

    There’s a bill moving through Congress right now that could open up the airwaves to thousands of new community journalists and reporting projects. The Local Community Radio Act will unleash a new wave of low power FM radio stations run by local organizations and nonprofits.

  • Time for the Internet Generation to Save Itself

    July 17, 2009

    Hey “Internet Generation,” it’s time to save our namesake! Prepare to update your Facebook status, Tweet away and text your bff!

  • Sotomayor Questioned on Net Neutrality

    July 16, 2009

    Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) debut grilling a Supreme Court nominee was no joke. He asked Judge Sonia Sotomayor this week about one of the most pressing issues of our time: Net Neutrality and the future of an open Internet.

  • Want better radio? Pick up your (micro)phones

    July 16, 2009

    Sometimes passing good public policy is about telling compelling stories. In the case of our quest to pass the Local Community Radio Act, which could put new LPFM stations on the air across the country, there are numerous stories to tell.

  • Just the Facts

    July 16, 2009

    One of the first magazines I ever subscribed to was Harpers. Each month, when the magazine showed up in my mailbox, I eagerly flipped to the “Harper’s Index,” where the editors listed arcane, odd and ordinary facts to surprise, unsettle or alarm the reader.

    This week, the magazine Mother Jones published a similar index on the state of journalism. In “Black and White and Dead All Over,” Senior Editor Dave Gilson provides a long list of troubling journalism statistics. Here is a quick sampling:

  • Google Voice: A 'Dumb Pipe' for All?

    July 15, 2009

    I'm still waiting for my Google Voice invite. I know, I know, there are other things to worry about, but for those of us concerned with freeing our phones, the implications are too big to ignore.

  • The Other Obama Nominee

    July 14, 2009

    Co-authored with Ben Scott

    Mignon Clyburn, Barack Obama's choice to fill a vacant Democratic seat at the Federal Communications Commission, will face a confirmation hearing Wednesday in the Senate Commerce Committee.

  • Journalism Policy in the Spotlight

    July 13, 2009

    We created to argue for the importance of public policy in discussions about the future of journalism. Last week, however, policy took center stage with three articles examining our government’s possible role in fostering a robust and diverse free press in America. The articles came from an array of sources – a scholar, a journalist and a pair of advocates – and appeared in newspapers across the country, from Washington, D.C., to Seattle.

  • What Sotomayor Could Mean for Network Neutrality and the First Amendment

    July 13, 2009

    Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will ask Judge Sonia Sotomayor questions this week and has said he will ask about network neutrality.

  • Helping Iran Target Iranians

    July 11, 2009

    What more can be said about the Internet's role in the popular uprising that has shaken the Iranian regime since its widely contested election?

    The power of open social networks is undisputed. The Internet's three favorite offspring -- Twitter, Facebook and YouTube -- have been heralded by mainstream media as flag-bearers for a new era of citizen journalism and activism.


People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good