The free flow of information “is as vital to the healthy functioning of communities as clean air, safe streets, good schools and public health.” That’s what the Knight Commission on Information Needs of a Democracy concluded in their report on Sustaining Democracy in a Digital Age. The 145 page report urges the nation to making sure all Americans have broadband access just as the emphasized ground transportation in building an interstate highway system a half-century ago.
The commission also examined issued the media is facing recommending:
- Direct media policy toward innovation, competition, and support for business models that provide marketplace incentives for quality journalism.
- Increase the role of higher education,community and nonprofit institutions as hubs of journalistic activity and other information-sharing for local communities.