Back in January, the center hosted a workshop that brought together more than 50 media scholars, professionals, attorneys and community leaders to discuss how Internet, cable television, satellite television and mobile broadband service providers could help promote local accountability journalism in North Carolina and the nation. The full-day event was intended to hash out some of the recommendations and issues raised by the FCC’s recent report on the “Information Needs of Communities.” The workshop was one of 11 conducted at leading universities around the country, in an effort to increase the impact of the FCC’s report, the most comprehensive look at media policy in a generation.
I’m pleased to announce that the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication has released its report from the workshop (available as a PDF here). It recommends multiple ways to meet the information needs of communities and will be incorporated into a set of recommendations to be issued jointly by the deans of top journalism programs participating in the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the January workshop. I hope this is the start of a long-term collaboration on these important issues. And thank you to Dr. Dean Smith, who conducted more than a dozen follow-up interviews with participants at the workshop and served as the lead author of the UNC report.