Media Alert: Commission Calls for Urgent Attention to Nation's Community Information Needs

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Final Report Release Event from Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy
(Vocus) October 1, 2009 -- Final Report Release Event from Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy What: 15 recommendations for sustaining democracy and meeting America’s information needs. Presented by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. The first major national commission of its kind in the digital age. The release event will feature three panels on the three overriding objectives to begin a national dialogue on the Commission’s findings and recommendations. Who: The report will be released to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, Chief Technology Officer of the United States Aneesh Chopra, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce Lawrence E. Strickling, Chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board Ernest J. Wilson III, and other government officials. Chairman Genachowski will offer remarks. Other confirmed participants include: Sherri Hope Culver, President, National Association for Media Literacy Education Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Founder and President, AmericaSpeaks Vivian Schiller, President and CEO, National Public Radio Ben Scott, Policy Director, Free Press Roberta Stevens, President-Elect, American Library Association John Sturm, President and CEO, Newspaper Association of America Commission Members: Theodore B. Olson, Commission Co-Chair, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; former Solicitor General of the United States Marissa Mayer, Commission Co-Chair, Vice President, Search Product & User Experience, Google Alberto Ibargüen, Commission ex-officio member, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Walter Isaacson, Commission ex-officio member, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute danah boyd, Social activist and independent writer on youth and media John S. Carroll, Former editor, Lexington Herald-Leader, Baltimore Sun, and Los Angeles Times Robert W. Decherd, President and CEO, A.H. Belo Corporation Reed E. Hundt, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission Benjamin Todd Jealous, President, NAACP Mary E. Junck, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lee Enterprises Inc. Monica Lozano, Senior Vice President of ImpreMedia, Publisher & CEO of La Opinión
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Lisa MacCallum, Managing Director, Nike Foundation Andrew Mooney, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Donna D. Nicely, Director, Nashville Public Library Michael K. Powell, Chairman, The MK Powell Group and former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission Rey Ramsey, Chief Executive Officer, One Economy Corporation Paul Sagan, President and CEO, Akamai Peter M. Shane, Commission Executive Director, Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law, Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law When: Friday, October 2, 2009 9:30am-1pm EDT Where: Newseum, Knight Broadcast Studio 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001 *** Attendees must RSVP and enter on the 6th Street Entrance*** Broadcast Live Feeds: Fiber optic connections are available on the Switch, AVOC, and VIVX. Webcast: The event will be webcast live at www.knightcomm.org. The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and organized by the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, is the first major national commission to report on news and information in the digital age. It conducted a year-long study to assess the information needs of communities. It comprises 17 respected leaders from the fields of media, public policy and community organization, including co-chairs Theodore B. Olson and Marissa Mayer. Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation president and CEO, and Walter Isaacson, Aspen Institute president and CEO, serve as ex-officio members. Peter M. Shane, the Davis and Davis Chair in Law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, served as the Commission’s executive director. The Commission held seven public forums and meetings in communities across the nation, and heard from more than 100 people, including community organizers, educators, journalists from old and new media, labor leaders, technology engineers and strategists, entrepreneurs, futurists, public officials, policy analysts, economic consultants and community foundation representatives. The Commission, in association with PBS Engage, also invited public input to its work, receiving over 1,100 recommendations which shaped its final report. More information about the Commission and its work is available at www.knightcomm.org. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org. The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and
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acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC, Aspen, CO, and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore and has an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org. ###

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Contact Information Jessica Schwartz Hahn http://www.knightcomm.org 703-478-0658

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