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

Recommendations for Funders - Media Policy in '09

GFEM conducted a members-only conference call with FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein

Historic FCC Vote Opens "White Spaces" - Likely to Increase Access to Affordable Broadband

[Source: Free Press] Millions of Americans who do not have basic Internet access or are forced to use antiquated and slow dial-up connections will finally get some relief. In a remarkable victory ...

Obama to Pioneer Web Outreach as President

[Source: Associated Press] Transition officials call it Obama 2.0 — an ambitious effort to transform the president-elect's vast Web operation and database of supporters into a modern new tool to ...

Kaiser Family Foundation to Launch Non-Profit Health Policy News Service

Top Journalists from the Wall Street Journal and Congressional Quarterly to Head Kaiser Health News Service Will Provide Free, In-depth Coverage to Readers and News Organizations [Source:] ...

Digital Infrastructure and Public Interest

[Source: Grantmakers in the Arts Reader: Volume 19, No. 3, Fall 2008] ...

The Color of News: How Different Media Have Covered the General Election

[Source:] Wednesday, October 29, 2008 — Where one goes for news about the presidential campaign makes a real difference, according to a study of campaign coverage released today by ...

10/9 Call notes: Universal Broadband, Learnings from Rural and Native America

On Thursday, October 9th, GFEM’s Media Policy Working Group convened the second of two briefing calls on the opportunities for broadband policies in the U.S. that can ensure universality, ...

Films for the 2009 Council on Foundations Film & Video Festival Announced

The Film and Video Festival Committee of the Council on Foundations and GFEM have selected an unprecedented number of films to premiere in May at the 2009 Council on Foundations Annual conference in Atlanta

Broadband Resources for Funders

Guiding Principles for Rural Broadband Obama and McCain on Rural Broadband PolicyUnused TV Channels offer Important Opportunities for Rural Communities

Call Notes, 9/10: Universal Broadband, Prospects for Equity and Economic Development in '09 (Part 1 of 2)

In the 21st century, broadband or high-speed Internet is critical infrastructure for the well-being of our diverse communities.