From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-00031

Submission Number:
544505-00031
Commenter:
Patrick Kabat
Organization:
Information Society Project and Knight Law and Media Program at Yale Law School
State:
CT
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The Information Society Project at Yale Law School and the Knight Law and Media Program at Yale Law School submit the attached comments to draw attention to barriers to information sought by investigative newsgatherers. We are concerned by the legal and information gathering costs associated with access to government information. These costs distort media markets, exacerbating market tendencies to undersupply investigative reporting and barring new media actors from entry. By addressing these costs, the Commission can both elicit a broader range of accountability journalism from existing outlets and facilitate the productive entry of new media actors into the market for investigative newsgathering. Policy measures which reduce the costs of access and ensure that government information is actively disseminated in accessible and usable formats will both stimulate more extensive investigative reporting by incumbent actors, and encourage new media actors to engage in the accountability newsgathering essential to the health of our democracy.