From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Any effort by the government, Federal or other, is improper and inappropriate. As in the days of the town crier, journalism should be free from support except for the salary paid to the journalist from the using public. Journalists should neither be trained by government or receive compensation from the government, which by the very nature of those actions will create a bias toward the members of the government organization training or paying them. In order to preserve a free society, journalism should be free and unencumbered by the restraints or government. It's job it is to serve as a watchdog of the government and the public for the public interest.