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The changing media landscape has brought many benefits but one major problem — a contraction of accountability reporting, especially at the local level. Unless we address this, communities will suffer. We will have less accountable institutions, more corruption and less reliable information for citizens to make important life decisions.

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What You Can Do

For several years, media practitioners have debated the best ways to protect, sustain, and nourish healthy journalism. Advice aplenty has been offered to policymakers, entrepreneurs, journalism schools, technology companies, and media moguls. But rarely have we considered what the ordinary... More

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Sources for the information in Support Reporting video

Click the following links to explore the sources behind the information presented in the Support Reporting video. Note: The FCC... More

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The Information Needs of Communities

In 2011, the FCC released a report titled "The Information Needs of Communities," examining the future of public-interest reporting in the digital age. The report's lead author was Steven Waldman. More

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United States Project

New rules on political ads: how to mine them

Finding gold may require a group effort

A gold mine of data will soon be available to help make our political system more transparent, thanks to the... More

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News Organizations That Lobby Against Their Own Reporters’ Interests

Media companies are fighting political transparency while their reporters demand it

The battle playing out over a new government transparency proposal has taken a turn that should concern journalists. Many of... More

Behind the News

Local TV Stations Rally to Oppose Media Transparency

What exactly are their “public interest obligations”?

Local television stations have now rallied against the key elements of the Federal Communications Commission’s media transparency proposal, which would... More

Behind the News

This News Story Is Brought to You By…

Shouldn’t TV news outlets be clearer about offering pay-for-play?

One of the most disturbing trends in local TV news is the persistence of “pay for play”—when local TV newscasts... More

United States Project

Local TV News, Meet the Internet

Why are broadcasters trying to block political campaign transparency?

The FCC has proposed an important rule change that could make the political system more transparent. Amazingly, the trade associations... More

The News Frontier

Will the IRS Derail Nonprofit Journalism?

At a crucial moment, the taxman drags his feet on granting tax-exempt status

In an era of newspaper closings and reporter layoffs, there has been one significant bright spot: an explosion of local,... More

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.