Media agonies mulled by FCC, panel at ASU

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Michael Copps were in Tempe today to discuss the new FCC report titled Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age.”

The three-part report bemoans the sharp decline in newspaper revenues due to the flagging economy, the Internet and advertising dollars being spent more judiciously. Ad revenue dropped nearly 48 percent between 2005 and 2010, and with it the industry’s annual spending on reporting and editing capacity dropped by $1.6 billion, from 2006 to 2009, a reduction of more than 25 percent.

Omitted from the report’s analysis is the unrelenting liberal bent of the media, best exemplified by Arizona’s largest daily newspaper and its decades-long partnership with KPNX-TV 12. Recently the Gannett-owned station blatantly moved into the Gannett-owned newspaper’s building.

The half-day meeting was held at Arizona State University in conjunction with its Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Cronkite School honors a liberal icon,  mistakenly regarded as a kindly, baritoned purveyor of truth by previous generations.

The list of participating panelists — including news execs, media lawyers and academics can be seen here courtesy of the FCC.

In the report, blogs are mysteriously referred to as the “new media” and mocked as “everyone-is-a-publisher.” The ability to link to other sources is decried. But there is also a nod to what they term “an explosion of impressive local news websites in the last few years, some started by laid-off newspaper reporters, some by concerned citizens. Some are for-profit ventures, including ….the Arizona Guardian.’  Unquestionably the “impressive” feature of the Guardian is the fact that it echoes the decidedly liberal bent of its owner, Democrat political strategist, Bob Grossfeld.

Decentralization and universality — these principles insured that the Internet and the web would revolution­ize not only the dissemination of news and information but how it was gathered and packaged and by whom would radically democratize publishing, make “sharing” an essential fuel to the new media, and along the way upend traditional business models that had sustained journalism for years,” according to the report


3 Responses to Media agonies mulled by FCC, panel at ASU

  1. garvan says:

    Lamestream media revenues continuing to plummet proves, among other things, that there is a God. :-)

    • Stanford says:

      Indeed, garvan! The length of the report alone is telling of the media angst. They might as well start contemplating an alternative use for the Cronkite building. Newspapers are dying and what were once considered mainstream networks have begun their fetal curl. There are obviously downsides with the skeletal news sources. Blogs don’t have reporters to fan out around the city and capture events as they occur. But fewer people are getting their information through newspapers, and there will be adaptations to accommodate the void. In truth, I enjoy having a hard copy paper in my hands, and I like the crossword puzzle to jog my mind before heading out the door each morning. But I despise being insulted by being force fed liberal tripe, diversity ad nauseum and open borders spew. I am a thinker, not a vacuous vessel to be filled by lefties. We canceled our Arizona Republic solely for that reason. I know I’m not alone. The newspaper could survive if it curtailed its leftward lurch. The fact that it refuses to simply report the news rather than editorialize off the opinion page is what has hurt it the most.

  2. Ellsworth says:

    It seems odd to me that a subject of this magnitude only rates a half day meeting. It doesn’t seem that the demise of newspapers matters to them as much as they say. These must all be long-tirmers who have one foot out the door of the journalism industry, are ready to retire and the newbies coming out of the Cronkite School be damned. Actually that’s very telling. It’s all about “me!”