Jul
14
2009

Even Corporate News 'Isn't Just Another Commodity'

A Seattle Times op-ed column (7/4/09) by Free Press' Victor Pickard and Joseph Torres discussing the fact that "the public's changing media habits have eroded the newspaper industry's monopoly on the local ad market" describes the corporate response thus: "The big media companies are pressuring Congress to prop up their failed business models by allowing more media consolidation and relaxing antitrust laws so they can collude on new 'pay wall' and pricing schemes." Reaffirming that "despite the many shortcomings of newspapers, our democracy requires a free and vibrant press," Pickard and Torres still maintain that these shortsighted measures aren't the […]

May
12
2009

'Saving the News' — and Democracy

Free Press' new report suggesting "how the government should respond to the current crisis in journalism"–"Saving the News: Toward a National Journalism Strategy" (5/12/09)–addresses both "short- and long-term strategies." Among their transformative ideas: New Ownership Structures. Encouraging the establishment of nonprofit and low-profit news organizations through tax-exempt and low-profit limited liability company (L3C) models. New Incentives. Creating tax incentives and revising bankruptcy laws to encourage local, diverse, nonprofit, low-profit and employee ownership. Journalism Jobs Program. Funding training and retraining for novice and veteran journalists in multimedia and investigative reporting. R&D Fund for Journalism Innovation. Investing in innovative projects and experimenting […]