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  • New Strategies for Saving the News

    May 12, 2009

    This week, Free Press released Saving the News: Toward a National Journalism Strategy, a comprehensive new examination of the journalism crisis from a public policy perspective.

  • Follow the Free Press Summit Online

    May 12, 2009

    Can’t attend the Free Press Summit: Changing Media this Thursday in Washington, D.C.? No problem. We still want you to be a part of this unique multimedia event to reshape the future of communications in America.

  • America’s Internet Recovery Plan

    May 11, 2009

    Today, Free Press released Dismantling Digital Deregulation: Toward a National Broadband Strategy, a comprehensive analysis of the failed policies at the root of America’s broadband decline.

  • Why Young People Should Care About Internet Policy

    May 8, 2009

    Ask an Internet entrepreneur about the current state of our country’s broadband Internet, and you’ll probably get an animated response about the battle between content producers and service providers; a Sparta-esque fight led by the embattled masses rising up against discriminatory practices that threaten the freedom of the Internet. It’s practically Armageddon.

  • Investigating the Journalism Crisis

    May 8, 2009

    Wednesday’s Senate hearing on the future of newspapers felt more like an autopsy. Call it CSI: Newspapers.

    At a time when we need to step back and take a holistic approach to examine the crisis facing journalism, the participants in yesterday’s hearing seemed all too ready to hone in on one culprit: the Internet.In doing so, they were ignoring a vast crime scene, with a slew of villains and victims on every side.

  • Citizens Thwart Sneak Attack on Internet in N.C.

    May 7, 2009

    Time Warner Cable and AT&T tried to pull a fast one on North Carolina residents before most of us even had our morning coffee today. Turns out stifling Internet access happens at all hours of the day.

  • Local Radio Goes to Washington

    April 30, 2009

    Last Thursday, Washington got a visit -- not from the usual suspects of the telecommunications giants or the commercial broadcasting lobby – but from individuals and organizations working to improve the information and culture in their communities and striving for social justice.

  • Journalism Unraveling

    April 27, 2009

    The crisis in journalism has reached such proportions that any efforts to fix it seem impossible.A new report by the Radio-Television News Directors Association last week found that nationwide, local television news stations slashed 4.3 percent – or 1,200 – newsroom jobs last year.

  • Time for a National Journalism Strategy

    April 21, 2009

    It’s easy to get mired in hopelessness and despair as thousands of fired journalists close their reporters’ notebooks, shelve their AP Stylebooks, and leave their posts, their beats often left unfilled.

    It’s easy to feel a sense of righteousness as newspapers across the country crumble under a greedy business model that puts profit before quality journalism and protecting the public’s interest. And it’s easy to simply hope that the Internet provides a new vehicle for a robust press.

  • Tell the FCC to Protect Community Television

    April 1, 2009

    Public, educational and governmental (PEG) access channels are under assault by cable giants like Comcast that are trying to bury community stations on their networks. You can help protect community television by filing a comment with the FCC. The filing deadline is midnight Wednesday, April 1.

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