James T. Hamilton: “What’s the Incentive to Save Journalism?” , in the forthcoming (2011) book Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights: The Collapse of Journalism and What Can be Done to Fix It, edited by Robert McChesney and Victor Pickard (New York: New Press), pp. 277-288.
James T. Hamilton: “Measuring Spillovers in Markets for Local Public Affairs Coverage,” forthcoming in Kate Kenski and Kathleen Hall Jamieson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication, (New York: Oxford University Press).
FCC Working Group on the Information Needs of Communities
During the 2010-11 academic year, James T. Hamilton served as a consultant to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Working Group on the Information Needs of Communities. In June, 2011, the FCC released a report based on the group’s research, which included interviews with over 600 journalists, scholars and industry leaders. The 475-page report, entitled, “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age,” can be downloaded from the FCC website.
Related article: Closing the Gap in Public Interest Journalism, by Karen Kemp, published in the Fall 2011 edition of Sanford Insights, page 16.
2009 Duke Nonprofit Media Conference
A small group of leaders from nonprofit and commercial media, foundations and academia gathered May 4-5, 2009 at Duke University’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy for a series of working sessions to explore new models for nonprofit ownership of media. The conference moved beyond current calls for increased nonprofit media support to the next stage: examining barriers to greater nonprofit and foundation ownership of media outlets, as well as barriers to nonprofit-sector subsidies for the creation of information.
“We realize that greater nonprofit involvement in the media will be only one of the many avenues explored in the search for additional revenue to support reporting,” said James T. Hamilton, director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. “This conference focused on the particular legal, economic and journalistic hurdles that may arise as nonprofits and foundations become more engaged with producing or supporting journalism.”
The conference and workshops were sponsored by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, the Duke Center for Strategic Philanthropy, and the Duke Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism, three research centers at the Sanford Institute.
The conference report, which summarizes the working group discussions and contains the six background papers prepared for the sessions, can be found here: The Road Ahead for Media Hybrids: Report of the Duke Nonprofit Media Conference.
The background papers are also available separately:
Bad Public Relations or Is This a Real Crisis? YES by Lauren Rich Fine
Financing the American Newspaper in the Twenty-first Century by Richard Schmalbeck
A Nonprofit Model for The New York Times? by Penelope Muse Abernathy
A Donor Collaborative to Support Not-for-Profit Public Affairs Journalism by Joel Kramer and Jon Sawyer
The New Yorker: A Nonprofit Times?
(Raleigh, N.C.) News and Observer: Papers Look for Patrons
Andrew Haeg’s Blog: The Future of Journalism: Shoots and Ashes
Related Links about Nonprofit Media
Report by Leonard Downie, Jr. and Michael Schudson, The Reconstruction of American Journalism
Working Paper by Marion R. Fremont-Smith, Can Nonprofits Save Journalism? Legal Constraints and Opportunities
JLab Report by Jan Schaffer, New Media Makers: A Toolkit for Innovators in Community Media and Grant Making
2008 Breaux Symposium Report: New Models for News
United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet hearing, May 6, 2009: The Future of Journalism
New America Foundation Meeting, May 13, 2009: Who Pays for the News? Media Business Models and the Role of Philanthropy
Free Press Summit Report and Conference Transcripts, May 14, 2009: Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age