Media Content

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GFEM is an advocate to our grantmaker colleagues, encouraging them to fund innovative media arts and public interest media—through support of content, infrastructure, and policy—as a vital form of cultural expression and essential component of our democracy. Whether providing support for documentary or narrative films, or efforts to close the national or international “digital divide,” or supporting advocacy and educational organizations to keep the Internet unrestricted, or highlighting media advancements being made in developing countries, or the evolving media policies in developed nations-GFEM’s aim is to provide small and large funders alike with information to assist them in making decisions about supporting the interconnected areas of media content, infrastructure and policy.


A television program or film puts a face on an issue. A radio news feature or documentary brings a tangible reality to recited facts. Video streamed on a website underscores issues presented in plain text and can move people to action. Whether the content is targeted to public or commercial media outlets, funders need a working understanding of the entire media landscape in order to be most effective in their grantmaking. View Content articles


A high-speed, unfettered Internet, community-based media arts organizations, PBS, NPR, Public/Educational/Government (PEG) public access stations, or mobile phones are all a part of our media infrastructure—GFEM provides funders with information to help them in supporting media infrastructure, whether local, national, or international. View Infrastructure articles


Restrictive media policies can curtail access to the content we do have through the infrastructure we currently have in place. There are clear roles for funders to play in helping to address media policy issues and GFEM works to keep funders abreast of the constantly shifting media policy environment. View Policy articles

Resource page: Hot Button Media Issues for 2010

Welcome to GFEM's first funder briefing call of the new year. We will be providing an overview of the key media issues to be addressed in D.C. and beyond in 2010 - from the Future of Journalism ...

Twitter Provides a Conduit for News from Quake-Devastated Haiti

[Source: San Jose Mercury News, by Patrick May; January 13, 2010]

Social Media Aids Efforts to Help Victims of Earthquake in Haiti

[Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy, by Caroline Preston, January 13, 2010]
People interested in helping victims of the earthquake that wracked Haiti are being encouraged to text and tweet their donations and publicize their support using the new technologies. At the same ...

"Next Generation Connectivity" and Broadband Policy Lessons for 2010

[Source:, by Bart Preecs; January 5, 2010]

D.C. Starts Year With Media Heat Wave

Comcast-NBC, profanity oral argument, broadband and more on the fiery docket [Source: Broadcasting & Cable, by John Eggerton; January 4, 2010]

Reflecting on Public Media 2.0 in 2009 and Looking Ahead to 2010

[Source: Center for Social Media; December 22, 2009]This year at the Center for Social Media we featured some truly innovative projects in the Public Media 2.0 Showcase.

Journalism’s Main Priorities in 2010 - and 10 Resolutions

[Source: The Media Consortium, by Tracy Van Slyke and Josh Stearns; December 18, 2009]

Video: The Social Media Revolution

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Is social media a fad? Or is it the biggest shift since the Industrial Revolution?

6 Ways Comcast-NBC Deal Could Affect Consumers

[Source: NPR, by Kevin Whitelaw; December 11, 2009]

Broadband Touted As 'Civil Right' at FCC Public Hearing

[Source: CongressDaily, by Sara Jerome; December 14, 2009] Broadband advocates, civil rights activists, and FCC officials described high-speed Internet service as a ...