Articles about "Government support for journalism"


Consider public subsidies for newspapers, says Penn prof

“Despite contemporary concerns, generous press subsidies have been the norm since the early days of the republic. And scholarly research continues to show that subsidies don’t discourage critical journalism; often, they have the opposite effect. Removing commercial pressures, while maintaining strong fire walls between government influence and media content, could help liberate investigative journalism.”

Victor Pickard, in an opinion piece for The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Filloux: ‘No hope’ that public subsidies can reverse declining print readership

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Frédéric Filloux looks at a study that analyzes public subsidies of various forms of media and concludes that there's no correlation between public spending and print readership. Finland is a big spender, per capita, and print media there has a high penetration: 79 percent of the population. But Germany spends just 11 percent of that and achieves a 72 percent penetration. Moreover, print media in the U.S. have almost twice the penetration of their counterparts in Italy, although the U.S. spends just 16 percent more on a per-capita basis. Filloux says Finland's high readership is due to its editorial product, not subsidies. "There are no Keynesian mechanisms in evidence when it comes to correlating public spending with print media penetration," he writes. Moreover, the study "kills long lasting prejudices such as European media being massively state-funded, or an American public sector unsupportive of the media industry." He goes on to list four guidelines for public subsidies, including "no life-support funding." || Related: FCC media report shows how interest in government subsidies for local journalism fizzled
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FCC commissioner: Report lacks bold recommendations needed to support journalism

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FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps criticizes the agency's "The Information Needs of Communities" report released Thursday, saying it isn't the "bold response" needed to address the lack of accountability reporting and diversity in local media. "Instead of calling for stepped-up Commission action, it tinkers around the edges," he writes. His thoughts on the report's recommendations after the jump. (more...)
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FCC media report shows how interest in government subsidies for local journalism fizzled

There is a lot to like in the Federal Communication Commission’s exhaustive, 478-page study of shortfalls and potential solutions in media.

I’m particularly glad Steve Waldman, who oversaw the report, and his collaborators rejected an assortment of false dichotomies. Old … Read more

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It is Time for the FCC to Reboot the Media System

Reboot: An Open Letter to the FCC About a Media Policy for the Digital Age
Columbia Journalism Review, Nov./Dec. 2010

Poynter’s Rick Edmonds recommends the “excellent (albeit long) piece by Steve Coll in CJR about modernizing FCC media policies.”

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FTC Future-of-Journalism Inquiry Wraps Up With Little Momentum for Major Intervention

I’ll be among the 30 participants in the Federal Trade Commission’s roundtables Tuesday in Washington, D.C. evaluating proposals for government action “to support the reinvention of journalism.” I expect a stimulating discussion, but not a run-up to landmark regulatory action … Read more
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New Study: As Media Subsidies Decrease, Government Should Support Innovation

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It looks like we can add government assistance to the pile of disintegrating business models facing the media.

A new study of historic subsidies and emerging trends tracks various tax breaks, reductions in postal subsidies first enacted in 1792, and … Read more

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FTC Workshop An Odd Mix of Caution and Dangerous Thinking

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I have an inside-out viewpoint on the Federal Trade Commission’s two-day workshop on “How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?” This was an occasion for government to listen to some of the usual and a few novel takes

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Next Steps for Downie-Schudson: ‘Mutualizing’ News about News

What’s most interesting and useful about “The Reconstruction of American Journalism” report issued by Len Downie and Michael Schudson Monday is not so much what it chronicles or recommends.

Look instead at what it’s provoking.

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Downie, Columbia Study: Government Must Fund Some News

Longtime Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie did more than his share of afflicting the comfortable in government with the paper’s ferociously independent reporting of the Walter Reed scandal and a host of other such stories.
 
But after a … Read more
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