Monday, June 15, 2009
The FCC says it's still receiving calls for help as the nation's tv grid goes digital. The agency's hotline got almost 800,000 calls for assistance as nearly all analog stations finally went to black (or snow) on June 12th. Many confused consumers told FCC employees they didn't know how to pull in the digital stations. Read more here.
The New York Times discusses the dangers that face reporters who work for start-up organizations such as Current TV, the network that employs Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two journalists facing 12 years in prison in North Korea. These problems don't just start with hostile foreign governments, but such problems expose the issues that start-ups face, including a lack of political connections and a lack of financial resources.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The Associated Press has agreed to begin distributing the work of four non-profits: Center for Public Integrity, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and ProPublica. Members of the media who belong to the AP can re-distribute the non-profits' work for free. The agreement is part of an experiment to reach out to more readers and to address the problem of shrinking budgets at newspapers and broadcast outlets. Read more here.