From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Free Press submits these comments in response to the Federal Trade Commission's request for information regarding the state of journalism, and, in particular, how the emergence of the Internet has affected traditional journalism and economic models for providing news. The FTC has also stated that it will hold public workshops examining these issues. Given the role that quality journalism plays in providing a check on government and corporations, exposing corruption, and, above all, ensuring an informed citizenry, we are pleased the Federal Trade Commission is launching this review. Indeed, the timing couldn't be more critical. Accordingly, Free Press takes this opportunity to address a few of the problems facing journalism and to present range of potential solutions for discussion. Free Press is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access to communications. We submit these comments on behalf our more than 500,000 activists and members from across the country.