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.

Content

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

Infrastructure

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

Policy

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

FISA, Telecom Favors and Net Neutrality

On July 9, 2008, Congress approved final passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which included controversial "telecom immunity" protections for the telephone ...

New Online Forum: Making Communications Research Matter

This new initiative is a strong step forward in advancing a dialogue about the relationship between communications research and policymaking. The project by the Social Science Research Council ...

NKDPS Announces Grants Totaling $210,000 for Seven Media and Communications Projects

The Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere program (NKDPS) of the Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the seven recipients of $30,000 grants for collaborative media ...

Orphaned Works: What & Why Funders Need to Know

There has been a lot of discourse in the media arts field over new legislation concerning copyright. Introduced on April 24, 2008 in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, the ...

New Toolkit on Messaging for Media Policy Change

Whose Media? Our Media! is an excellent new workbook for advocates and community members that provides the tools of strategic communications – planning, framing, messaging, storytelling ...

Top Tech Issues of the Presidential Race

"When the dust settles in November, the next president will have his hands full with the usual issues. But the tech industry will also be watching with great interest to see if a McCain or ...

New Copyright Legislation Update, Op-Ed

Americans for the Arts is doing an outstanding job tracking new Congressional legislation concerning copyright on so-called "orphan works" - copyrighted works in which a copyright holder ...

Will Community Foundations Fund Local Journalism?

Leonard Witt of Public Journalism Network (PJNet.org) spoke with Knight Foundation Journalism Program VP Eric Newton and asked him about the role community foundations could play ...

Rural Success: Affordable WiFi, Laptops Boost Students' Test Scores and Local Economy

A county in eastern North Carolina invested in a community wireless internet system five years ago and already has lots to show for it: higher graduation rates and new businesses. With new ...

"Next president should launch the Digital New Deal" by Helen De Michiel, NAMAC

"Our next president can help reconstruct America's fragmented and relatively weak public communications infrastructure by using the most effective tool our youth wield - the power and depth ...