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Ford Foundation Grantees Changing the Face of Public Media

As the year comes to a close, the grantees of the Ford Foundation Future of Public Media initiative, an alliance of leading nonprofits, continue to redefine the role of public media by forging new models and practices for the future. Here are some of their latest initiatives: Read more...

Online Political Forums – MySpace, or Theirs?

As the nation awaits tonight’s online CNN/YouTube Republican debate, Center Research Director 6 reflects on the changing nature of electoral engagement in a digital age. Her cover piece for In These Times explores the implications, both good and bad, of the online offerings of digital participatory platforms like YouTube and MySpace that are used to interact with voters and help candidates to vie for public approval. Read more...

Participant-Observation and the Future of Public Media

Social Networks, Web 2.0, the "semantic web"--these are all unexplored territories for media scholars more accustomed to the terrain of broadcast, print, and even regular old hypertext. But a new generation of researchers are donning their virtual pith helmets to report back from parts unknown, providing accounts of platforms, spaces and practices that might support future public media. Here's a short list of notable projects:Read more...

A Tale of the Twin Cities

MinnPost is a new online news project that provides professional-quality journalism focused specifically on the Minneapolis area. Launched just a week ago, the project differs from the broader, more general reporting of larger newspapers by providing its readership with important stories from its own community, as well as original reporting on national and global news. The site is representative of an upsurge in digital media projects tied to a particular community or region.
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The Audience as Shareholder

By Pat Aufderheide
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