Media Content

Media Issues

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

ICT Policy and Technology Innovation in Africa

Eric Osiakwan presented this talk as part of the December 10, 2008, funder briefing in New York City by the African Grantmakers Affinity Group and GFEM. Eric is the Executive Secretary both of the ...

Open MIC Investor Coalition Files Shareholder Resolutions

Investor Coalition Seeks Reports from Internet Service Providers Regarding Impact of Network Practices on Freedom of Expression and Privacy

Coalition Presents Obama-Biden Transition Team with Priorities for Broadband in Stimulus Package

Local and National Groups urge the Obama-Biden Administration and Congress to focus on Accountability, Local Approaches, Access and Adoption, Internet Freedom and a Coherent National Broadband Policy

Broad Alliance Urges Obama: Put Public Interest First in Picks for FCC, CTO

Center for American Progress, SEIU, NOW, Free Press, ACLU, Members of Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Hundreds More Call for Leaders that Support Media Reform and Net Neutrality

Broadband Stimulus: A Down Payment on our Digital Future

[Source: The Guardian (UK), By Craig Aaron, Free Press]

Gates Foundation Announces $6.9M to Expand Broadband Speed and Public Access

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a $6.9 million pilot grant to public libraries in seven states to improve the speed of Internet connections. The foundation is splitting the ...

FCC "White Spaces" Vote Will Increase Wireless Broadband Access

While tens of millions of Americans were waiting in line to vote on November 4, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission was making its own historic decision. In a unanimous vote, the FCC ...

Event Reportback: "A Call To Action For A National Broadband Strategy" (12/2/08)

Today, December 2, 2008, a broad range of groups from the public and private sector held a press conference to mark their signing of a joint Call to Action for a National Broadband Strategy. 

Free Press Releases "2009 Media & Tech Priorities: A Public Interest Agenda"

Free Press, a national nonpartisan organization working to reform the media, released 2009 Media & Tech Priorities: A Public Interest Agenda, a comprehensive look at the key media and ...