New report on saving print journalism recommends government subsidies

October 19, 2009
By David Carr

A Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism report made six recommendations for salvaging newsrooms, among them to require public broadcasting to devote more resources to covering local news. A more controversial idea is to get the government to fund local news with safeguards to keep them from interfering with editorial decisions. The FCC already spend $7 billion a year from telephone bills to among other things underwrite telecommunications services to remote areas. Some of this money could be diverted to supporting local news. -DB