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Highlights from the Knight Commission's report

Oct. 2, 2009, 10:50 a.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

Recommendation 1: Direct media policy toward innovation,
competition, and support for business models that provide
marketplace incentives for quality journalism.
Recommendation 2: Increase support for public service
media aimed at meeting community information needs.
Recommendation 3: Increase the role of higher education,
community and nonproft institutions as hubs of journalistic
activity and other information-sharing for local communities.
Recommendation 4: Require government at all levels to operate
transparently, facilitate easy and low-cost access to public
records, and make civic and social data available in standardized
formats that support the productive public use of such data.
Recommendation 5: Develop systematic quality
measures of community information ecologies,
and study how they afect social outcomes.

Here are the 15 recommendations of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. You can download a short summary of the report here, or download the full report here (both PDFs).

Recommendation 1: Direct media policy toward innovation, competition, and support for business models that provide marketplace incentives for quality journalism.

Recommendation 2: Increase support for public service'media aimed at meeting community information needs.

Recommendation 3: Increase the role of higher education, community and nonproft institutions as hubs of journalistic activity and other information-sharing for local communities.

Recommendation 4: Require government at all levels to operate transparently, facilitate easy and low-cost access to public'records, and make civic and social data available in standardized'formats that support the productive public use of such data.

Recommendation 5: Develop systematic quality measures of community information ecologies, and study how they afect social outcomes.

Recommendation 6: Integrate digital and media literacy as critical elements for education at all levels through collaboration'among federal, state, and local education ofcials.

Recommendation 7: Fund and support public libraries and other community institutions as centers of digital'and media training, especially for adults.

Recommendation 8: Set ambitious standards for nationwide broadband availability and adopt public policies'encouraging consumer demand for broadband services.

Recommendation 9: Maintain the national commitment to open networks as a core objective of Internet policy.

Recommendation 10: Support the activities of information'providers to reach local audiences with quality content through'all appropriate media, such as mobile phones, radio, public access'cable, and new platforms.

Recommendation 11: Expand local media initiatives to'refect the full reality of the communities they represent.

Recommendation 12: Engage young people in developing the digital information and communication capacities of local communities.

Recommendation 13: Empower all citizens to participate actively in community self-governance, including local community summits to address community afairs and pursue common goals.

Recommendation 14: Emphasize community information flow in'the design and enhancement of a local community's public spaces.

Recommendation 15: Ensure that every local community'has at least one high-quality online hub.