July 13th, 2011

On close inspection, some aspects of the modern media landscape may seem surprising:

> An abundance of media outlets does not translate into an abundance of reporting. In many
communities, there are now more outlets, but less local accountability reporting.

> While digital technology has empowered people in many ways, the concurrent decline in
local reporting has, in other cases, shifted power away from citizens to government and other
powerful institutions, which can more often set the news agenda.

> Far from being nearly-extinct dinosaurs, the traditional media players—TV stations and
newspapers—have emerged as the largest providers of local news online.

> The nonprofit media sector has become far more varied, and important, than ever before.
It now includes state public affairs networks, wikis, local news websites, organizations
producing investigative reporting, and journalism schools as well as low-power FM stations,
traditional public radio and TV, educational shows on satellite TV, and public access channels.
Most of the players neither receive, nor seek, government funds.

> Rather than seeing themselves only as competitors, commercial and nonprofit media are
now finding it increasingly useful to collaborate.

From the FCC’s "Information Needs of Communities" report, Executive Summary
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