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The FCC vote on transparency in political advertising

Investigative reporter Stuart Watson of WCNC in Charlotte, N.C. did something unusual last week: He reported on his own station’s advertising. Watson reports on politics and on public records, among other things. So he naturally took an interest in a proposal to require that public disclosure files once relegated to filing cabinets be put online [...]

Future of Online Journalism Symposium

Peter Shane invited me to Ohio State University last month to participate in this symposium. I presented my research on unmet local information needs in a small community in North Carolina. That presentation will form the basis of a journal article in I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. This is [...]

SXSWi 2012: A Penny Press for the Digital Age

I’ve just landed in Austin for SXSW Interactive, and I’m putting the finishing touches on my portion of tomorrow’s presentation, A Penny Press for the Digital Age. I’ve created this Storify story about the panel, with lots of background links. If you care about the digital divide and digital inclusion and how journalism can better [...]

Reaction to my Triangle media ecology case study

Last September, the New America Foundation published my case study of media and information in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. Here’s the PDF of version 1.2. An updated version 2.0 is coming soon available here.   The study is a broad overview of the ways in which people who live in the Triangle [...]

Information needs and the future of journalism

When I left my position as a full-time staff writer for the Independent Weekly last summer to enter the Master of Public Policy program at Duke University’s Sanford School, I did so in the hope of better understanding how to address the question of how we will pay for journalism and what journalism will look [...]

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