I received the following yesterday:
Kerry to Chair Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on Future of Journalism
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, will hold a hearing on Wednesday entitled, “The Future of Journalism.” The subcommittee will examine issues threatening the news media, explore how the industry arrived at this point and discuss potential models for news delivery in the future.
“It’s a critical time to examine the future of journalism in the digital Information Age and what it means to our country and our democracy,” said Kerry. “American history is inextricably linked to the narrative of our free and independent press, and today, America’s newspapers, which have been the bedrock of the free press, are struggling just to stay afloat as new means of delivering information are multiplying by the day. Whatever the model for the future, we must do all we can to ensure a diverse and independent news media endures.”
This is the subcommittee’s first hearing since Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) appointed Kerry to lead the panel.
WHO: Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.)
Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
WHAT: “The Future of Journalism”
Commerce Subcommittee Hearing
WHEN: Wednesday, May 6, 2009
WHERE: Commerce Committee Hearing Room
253 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Senator Ben Cardin
United States Senate
The Knight Foundation
The Baltimore Sun
Former Managing Editor of the Washington Post
Chief Executive Officer
The Dallas Morning News
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief
The Huffington Post
Please dear Lord, please don't let the federal government get involved in "helping" journalism. The problems we face lie in greedy corporations and the over-all economy as well as antiquated economic models.
The only "help" I could see is restricting the number of media outlets any one company could own and I doubt that would get much support. It's so "anti-business."
I wonder when was the last time any of the witnesses actually faced the industry at the level most of us face it?