From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-03316

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Drew Cummings
Cummings Entertainment Group
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
As one of the pioneers of internet streaming technology since 1995, and a 25 year veteran of broadcast television production, I developed the curriculum, format, and design of a new, exciting, fresh, and unbiased broadcast and internet news network that would utilize the existing academic and technical resources of journalism, film, and television Universities and Colleges throughout the U.S. and the world. The network would be called ANNI (Alternative News Network, Inc.) and the entire news gathering and reporting team would be comprised of existing journalism students at the hundreds of colleges and universities around the country that all have existing state-of-the-art facilities and internet connectivity that would enable a new journalism network with a fresh approach to journalism. Although my initial presentation to universities and colleges in 1999 unanimous support from over 60 colleges and universities, technology, broadband connectivity, distribution, and mass acceptance of the internet as a valid news source made the project unfeasable at the time. The project was also presented to CNN with favorable response, however, technology and distribution was not feasable at the time. Funding for ANNI would come from a combination of government and private sources, with students, faculty, and universities receiving funds for the day-to-day operation. I have a formal copyrighted proposal from 1999, and would welcome the opportunity of discussing this further with members of the FTC or FCC.