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Cronkite School to Host FCC Hearing on the Future of American Media
Sept. 29, 2011
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University will host a Federal Communications Commission hearing Monday on the future of American media.
The public hearing explores the FCC report “Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age,” which was released in June. The report analyzes the current state of the American media and information landscape and provides recommendations for strengthening and innovating news and information gathering.
The hearing will be live-streamed on the FCC website and broadcast live across Arizona on Arizona PBS Eight World 8.3 through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Commissioner Michael Copps, Chief of FCC Media Bureau William Lake and report author Steve Waldman will hear testimony from a panel of media experts.
Cronkite School faculty played a key role in shaping the report, and the school was featured prominently in it.
Leonard Downie Jr., the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at Cronkite and former executive editor of The Washington Post, who contributed significantly to the report; Retha Hill, director of the school’s New Media Innovation Lab; and Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan will speak at the hearing.
“The report is an insightful and comprehensive look at our news media ecosystem and makes important recommendations for the digital future,” Callahan said. “It’s an honor to host the FCC hearing, and we are optimistic that real action will come from the report and hearing.”
The report comes from the FCC Working Group on the Information Needs of Communities, which was charged with identifying ways to ensure that the information needs of American communities are met in a rapidly changing media landscape.
Among the highlights of the report:
The hearing will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Eight/KAET-Phoenix studios in the Cronkite building at 555 N. Central Ave. on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.
Media experts providing testimony include:
The full report can be accessed at: www.fcc.gov/infoneedsreport.
What: A national public hearing on the June 2011 FCC report “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age.”
Where: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.
When: 9 to 11:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 3
Parking: Parking is available in the lot just north of the Cronkite School. Access the lot from Fillmore Street.
Public access: The event is open to the public.