Media Impact Funders and Northern California Grantmakers held a funder briefing on the role of media policy and its impact on the health of our democracy to discuss what funders can and should be doing in this critical area. Read more
As the open Internet and open culture movements come to terms with the tragic death of Aaron Swartz in January, 2013, and try to make changes to the law that allowed him to be prosecuted with such unbalanced fervor, a new film is about to be released focusing on the world that Aaron was trying to change. The Internet’s Own Boy will be available for download and shown in theaters June 27, 2014.
At our recent Media Impact Focus: Assessing the Impact of Media, we introduced Fraternal Order, a brave, new way to apply total information awareness to the thorny task of tracking media impact. Don’t be frightened, it’s not a real service. We hope it reveals, with a bit of dark humor, the challenge of assessing the impact of media at the same time it highlights the very real concern of excessive government surveillance.
Steve Waldman was the lead author of “Information Needs of Communities: the Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age. He wrote on the Knight blog about the recently released report by the Foundation Center—and supported by the Knight Foundation—on the growth in foundation funding for media. Read more
Over the last decade, media reformers have been waging a series of high-stakes battles against news consolidation, the balkanization of the internet, and the explosion in political ads, and scored signature victories for local media control and freedom of expression.
No matter how distressing it was to watch the federal government grind to a halt this month, it has been encouraging to hear a growing chorus of foundation and nonprofit leaders call for intensive efforts to fix our broken government. Read more
Strategies for Media Reform has created a Media Reform Map for their website, which provides a list of engaged organizations, movements, centers, programs and websites from across the globe. Read more
The Council on Foundations, with a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, convened the Nonprofit Media Working Group following the Federal Communications Commission’s “Information Needs of Communities” report, authored by journalist and then senior advisor to the FCC, Steve Waldman. In that report, Read more