Digital Media

Public Media in a Digital Age

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 4:00pm

After an introduction by Josh Silver, President and CEO of Free Press, featured speaker Mark Thompson commented on the state of public media to a full house eager to get his perspective as Director General of the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Where's MPI?: Media Policy Initiative Week in Review

September 17, 2010
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Version 1 of the Media Policy Initiative’s latest information community case study, The Research Triangle, North Carolina: A region oflocallyowned media outlets and entrepreneurs on the verge, was posted to the website on Sept. 16. Fiona Morgan has reported on the “information health” of the Triangle area, i.e. Durham, Wake, Orange, and Chatham counties, according to The Knight Commission Report on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.

Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

  • By
  • Daniel Amzallag,
  • Amalia Deloney,
  • New America Foundation
September 2, 2010

Historically, a robust media ecosystem in Minneapolis-St. Paul has supported residents’ demand for large and diverse quantities of information on both political and quality-of-life issues. Today, the demand for quality journalism in the Twin Cities remains high, but many local media outlets struggle to deliver it sustainably. The digital age has presented significant challenges to a media landscape centered around a print format; however it also presents new opportunities.

Where’s MPI?: Media Policy Initiative Week in Review

August 27, 2010
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This is a weekly segment on MPI’s blog to document the published activities of our fellows, affiliates, collaborators, et al. over the past week.

Newspapers on the Run?: The Rise of Mobile Journalism and the Digital Frontier

August 26, 2010
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Mobile journalism’s rapid climb in popularity has been front and center over the past month, with an unrelenting stream of iPad apps, iPhone apps and other new digital endeavors being sent out into the world by traditionally print news outlets. From Marie Claire to Rupert Murdoch, everyone and their brother seems to be getting on the mobile bandwagon.

Print Culture 101: A Cheat Sheet and Syllabus

  • By
  • C. W. Anderson,
  • New America Foundation
August 19, 2010 |

When I said that I was busy putting a syllabus together for a course on "Print Culture" at CUNY's College of Staten Island this fall, Alexis Madrigal asked me if I'd be willing to share the syllabus development process with the larger online community. I was more than happy to oblige -- and also a little bit scared.

Libraries Make Jump from Shelf to Screen

August 18, 2010
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“The advent of the digital world has revolutionized how the public obtains its information.” How many times have you read some variation of this statement? General consensus assumes this observation to be fact. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the battle over equal access to and diversity of information graces mainstream headlines quite frequently—from the Wall Street Journal’s recent coverage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act exemptionsto a San Francisco Chronicle article entitled “Demolition of Berkeley branch libraries fought.” And, in the influx of information-related news, an unassuming institution is emerging as a key driver in the conversation: the library.

Will Media Sink or Swim in the Shallow End?

August 13, 2010
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How can the Internet foster collective intelligence if it is simultaneously rewiring our brains to make us less intelligent? In their recent efforts to try to make sense of the cultural and political implications of today’s dramatically reconfigured media ecosystem, Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus and Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows set forth two provocative arguments that stand somewhat in opposition to one another.  Both authors have explored this terrain before—Shirky with Here Comes Everybody, his account of the various ways in which the networking power of the Internet is facilitating new modes of production and social organization; and Carr with The Big Switch, his analysis of the evolving public utility model that is increasingly characterizing access to computing power.  The two authors have engaged each other in an online debate on the Encyclopedia Britannica’s blog over whether the overall cultural effects of the Internet are positive or negative—a step forward or back for human intelligence—so it seems appropriate to consider their latest works together.

Washington, D.C.

  • By
  • Kristine Gloria,
  • Kara Hadge,
  • New America Foundation
August 5, 2010

The District of Columbia, containing a wealth of intellectual capital, national political institutions, and expansive support for innovative industries is well positioned to develop a healthy information ecology in the digital age. Washington’s high concentration of leading political actors, paired with a high volume of influential information hubs, maintains a supply of and demand for information. Within its 61 square mile area, the District of Columbia hosts hundreds of media outlets transmitting news to the rest of the world.

Robots and Magicians: Yahoo! Pipes

August 5, 2010
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In one of Carl Sagan's writings he mentions that in the 1800's the average reader could read every book in something like 60 years.  At the time of the writing, he said it would take the average reader something like 1,000 years to do it.
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