Information Needs of Communities - Arizona Field Event

12:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

On October 3, 2011, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski attended a field event at Arizona State University on the recommendations of the recently released staff-level report on the current state of the media landscape. The report, titled Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age was delivered to the FCC in June 2011.

The report describes tremendous innovation in the media landscape but also identifies critical gaps, including a shortage of local news reporting. The report also offers recommendations for government, nonprofit players and entrepreneurs. At this event, Chairman Genachowski and Commissioner Copps heard from journalists, academics, businesses, and the public about innovating and strengthening news and information-gathering and reporting to meet citizen needs. To read the report, visit FCC.gov/InfoNeedsReport.


  • Julius Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Michael J. Copps, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • Steven Waldman, Chair, FCC Working Group on the Information Needs of Communities
  • William Lake, Chief of FCC Media Bureau


  • Jonathan Blake, Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling, LLC, on behalf of Barrington, Belo, Dispatch, Gannett, Hearst, Post-Newsweek, and Raycom
  • Susan Crawford, Professor, Cardozo Law School
  • Kevin Davis, CEO and Executive Director, Investigative News Network
  • Greg Dawson, Vice President of News, NBC7 San Diego
  • Leonard Downie, Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University
  • Paul Giguere, President and CEO, National Association of Public Affairs Networks
  • Retha Hill, Executive Director of the New Media Innovation Lab, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University
  • Jason Klein, President and CEO, Newspaper National Network
  • Craig Parshall, SVP and General Counsel, National Religious Broadcasters
  • Nicol Turner Lee, Vice President and Director, Media and Technology Institute for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Laura Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio (WNYC)
  • Coriell Wright, Policy Counsel, Free Press

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