Will Congress Take Sides on Net Neutrality?
It’s a complicated, technical issue, but one that could have a major impact on the flow of online information. While many internet service providers want content providers to foot more of the bill, supporters of net neutrality warn such a system could create an unfair internet hierarchy. It may be up to Washington to play referee.
NPR Hits Cruising Altitude?
After a period of dramatic increases in listenership, NPR’s audience is now leveling off according to newly released Arbitron ratings numbers for the spring of 2006. While the outlet has been a remarkable success story in an era when many news organizations are losing audience, it’s possible that NPR may have finally reached its natural ceiling.
A Harvard Panel Tackles the News Blues
The media landscape has changed dramatically since Harvard’s Shorenstein Center was established 20 years ago. And when journalists and dignitaries assembled there on Oct. 13-14 to evaluate the current role of journalism in our democracy, there was good news and bad. The bad was that new technologies have created credibility concerns and economic problems for mainstream journalists. The good news may be the emergence of the citizen journalist.
School Safety Becomes the Big Story
With three deadly shootings and a number of false alarms already this school year, a chilling new phrase is regularly showing up in headlines and broadcasts. A Google News search finds nearly 3,000 stories with the words “school” and “lockdown” so far this young academic season, a huge increase over the same period the previous year.
All the President’s Pressers
President Bush's second term has brought a big increase in the number of solo press conferences. Bush had only had 17 in his first term but looks like he's on the way to doubling that number in this four-year stint. The president still lags behind previous White House residents, but the change suggests a different approach to the press.
Papers Hope to Sell Print + Online Readers to Advertisers
Sandwiched between a declining print industry and an online universe still building economic momentum, newspaper companies are looking at combined Internet and newsprint readership as a new way of measuring audience. A big unanswered question is whether advertisers will agree that this is a more accurate way to count their potential customers.
Brave New World
A media conference featuring a futuristic video and a keynote address from a BBC official sketched out a scenario for news delivery that may be just around the corner. But will the proliferation of citizen journalists and wireless news platforms create its own set of financial and credibility problems for the journalism profession?
The News Consumer’s Conundrum
New research from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation seems to point to a paradox when it comes to the country’s media consumption habits. The public wants the speed, convenience, and interactivity of the new media technology, but wants it within the comforting confines of the old media platforms.
Google’s Great Leap Forward?
On Monday, Google agreed to purchase YouTube, the popular online video- sharing site. In the last year, YouTube has seen the number of unique visitors explode by 2400%. While the move may further strengthen Google’s dominance over the surging online advertising market, some industry insiders think several issues remain.
The American Journalist
A new book surveying more than 1,000 journalists finds their politics have drifted a bit to the right since the 1990s, but they still remain more liberal than the general US population. With a majority of the public accusing news outlets of political bias, these numbers aren’t likely to silence that noisy debate.