Landmark FCC Report highlights CCLP research

For its new report assessing the national and local media landscape and offering policy recommendations on how to preserve the public's access to news and information, the Federal Communications Commission appointed award-winning journalist and CCLP Senior Fellow Cinny Kennard to the working group that led research, conducted interviews and drafted the document. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski publicly thanked Kennard in his remarks at the FCC meeting in Washington D.C. on June 9. Kennard (pictured below) assembled a research team that included CCLP junior fellows Rebecca Shapiro and Monica Alba, along with research associates Cater Lee and Sarah Erickson. They investigated…

Leading Journalism Association Spotlights CCLP Research on Funding the News

CCLP’s groundbreaking report, Public Policy and Funding the News, continues to garner media hits and attention of experts in journalism. On March 28th, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication cited the CCLP study in their call for Congress to maintain federal funding of public broadcasting. As research also points out, commercial media enterprises have —- for most of this country’s history —- received federal assistance in the form of discounted postal subsidies and tax breaks, for instance. Yet, Americans trust public media more for relevant, complete news. A recent Roper Poll listed PBS as the nation’s most-¬≠trusted institution….

Westphal – SacBee "Boomers and Medicare"

Senior Fellow David Westphal currently heads the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting, and recently released a report on the rising demands of healthcare professionals and medicare payouts as the first generation of "baby boomers" turns 65 years old this year. Westphal told the Sacramento Bee that "[a]s citizens we all have work to do in deciding what government can afford to do – and not do – in subsidizing seniors' health care." [additional article can be found at SecondAct]…

Westphal in LA Observed

Senior Fellow David Westphal and the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting at USC Annenberg was profiled on the LA Observed blog. Westphal said that the project has "demonstrated one point clearly: that a news organization supported by a foundation (the California HealthCare Foundation) and affiliated with a university journalism school (USC Annenberg) can partner with local news organizations to produce difference-making journalism."…

Wikipedia & The Future of News at AEJMC

At the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication conference in Denver on August 6, 2010, Senior Fellows Adam Clayton Powell III and David Westphal presented their latest findings on "The Future of News". Powell's also released an addition to his 2006 publication, Reinventing Local News, entitled Reinventing Local News: 2010, and is available to read on our blog….

Westphal & Cowan’s report mentioned in USPS service raise

Senior Fellow David Westphal and CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan from their report "Public Policy and Funding the News," point out the impact postal subsidies–and their decline–have had on American journalism. The proposal to raise prices from the USPS could result in more devastating blow to already struggling newspaper industry. The full article can be read on In These Times….

U.S. gov’t, foundation subsidies of news media attract criticism in Africa

GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa — African Journalists were critical today of reports that U.S. journalists receive subsidies and payments from foundations and the U.S. government. Two recent Annenberg reports were discussed at an annual media forum here, at the Highway Africa Conference 2010: "Public Policy and Funding the News" focuses on historic and current federal subsidies for news media. And "Philanthropic Foundations: Growing Funders of the News" is an analysis of increasing foundation support for American journalism….