Knight Foundation Reports Explore Evolving Role of Public Media

Knight Foundation Reports Explore Evolving Role of Public Media

A series of reports commissioned by the explores whether a public media system is still needed and how it might be dismantled, disrupted, or reimagined to inform community in the digital age.

Commissioned to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act, which created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the reports explore the evolving role of public media and how it could or should be reimagined to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century. Written by journalists, consultants, and experts at think tanks and in academia, the reports explore opportunities for the public media system to embrace new technologies and engage audiences in new ways.

The reports offer insights in six broad areas: (Tim Carney, visiting fellow, ); (Sue Gardner, consultant); (Mike Gonzalez, senior fellow, ); (Melody Kramer, and Betsy O'Donovan, ); (Blair Levin, ); and  (Adam Ragusea, ).

"At a time when trust in news is at an all-time low, it is more important than ever that we learn from and build on public media's longtime commitment to journalism excellence and efforts to serve local communities," said Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism. "This body of work provides fresh perspectives at a time of rapid disruption and change in the media and information space."

"The Future of U.S. Public Media in the Digital Age the Focus of New Report Series." John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Release 12/07/2017.