The Federal Communications Commission just launched an ambitious new project: Study and solve struggles for the future of media.
Their “Future of Media and the Information Needs of Communities in a Digital Age” project will collect information about traditional media issues, new models, and then report possible policy recommendations for the FCC and other government agencies.
The FCC launched a new site to collect data, report on recent findings and spark debates.
Media moguls, including Rupert Murdoch, have previously called on the FCC to ease on ownership rules in the media industry. The FCC recently heard from executives on TV ownership and the commission’s National Broadband Plan is on due March 17.
Steven Waldman, a former reporter and co-founder of religious site Beliefnet, is leading the Future of Media project. He is a senior advisor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
An introduction to the project on the site notes: On the one hand, there are many innovative new sources for news and information. On the other hand, citizens may find significant gaps, including in the availability of some kinds of local news and information.
“When we talk about news and information, we’re not only referring to journalism, ” Waldman said in a video statement posted on the new site. “It’s also about making sure consumers get the informatioin they need from government and other sources about schools, scrime, public helaht, natural disaters or other isuues that effect them dearly.”
Watch the video here:
Waldman explained in a post how people can participate in the FCC’s process:
Your Views – There are three ways to contribute your views.
- Forums: You can post in our forums area, called, “YOUR VIEWS.” There, you can offer your analysis on a number of issues and tell us about the media in your own community.
- Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS): If you have a long comment or a document you want to submit (perhaps a paper you wrote or a study you found useful), use the government’s Electronic Federal Comment System. Be sure to reference GN Docket Number 10-25.
- Blog: You can comment on any blog post.
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