Knight Foundation responds to FCC Info Needs of Communities report
Yesterday, the FCC published its long-awaited report, Information Needs of Communities—the culmination of an effort which began life as the “Future of Media” project, inspired by the 2009 Knight Commission report on Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation says the FCC report “offers hope” for the recommendations of the Knight Commission report…
Yesterday, the FCC published its long-awaited report, Information Needs of Communities—the culmination of an effort which began life as the “Future of Media” project, inspired by the 2009 Knight Commission report on Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation says the FCC report “offers hope” for the recommendations of the Knight Commission report…
A Knight Foundation statement says that the FCC report offers “most comprehensive national look at media policy in a generation, offering new hope that the recommendations of the Knight Commission… will move from the debate stage into action.”
So far, such action has been lagging. Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen observed: “Of the areas considered by the Knight Commission, our nation has made real progress on only one: universal broadband access. As satisfying as that is, it is also completely unacceptable—and unAmerican—that a significant number of people are still ‘second-class citizens,’ without the broadband access needed to participate in digital life and commerce.”
The FCC report suggested several ways to help ensure that communities continue to receive quality news and information as the media landscape keeps shifting radically. However, very few of these would entail FCC policy changes or direct government involvement—something that has drawn criticism from Columbia Journalism Review, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, and others.
FCC recommended that the philanthropy community assume a larger ongoing role in meeting community information needs. This approach is exemplified by the Knight Community Information Challenge, as well as by efforts from other national foundations, such as Gates, Ford, Carnegie, Macarthur, McCormick, and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism.
The FCC report also suggested that journalism schools could do more to help meet community information needs, and it lauded the growing nonprofit media sector—also areas in which the Knight Foundation has active programs and partnerships, such as News 21.
For more ideas on how the recommendations of the 2009 Knight Commission report could translate into action, see KDMC’s 2010 series of articles expanding upon that report.
The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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