As I noted previously, I have been asked to serve on a panel for the upcoming FCC public hearing in Tampa. While I am the only blogger that has been asked to serve on either panel, it’s really little more than what the general public can do.
I will be given five minutes (as opposed to two minutes for the public) to share my thoughts on the issue, as one of eleven media members. There is no “Q&A” and it’s not really a panel. We are just specially selected (“highlighted”) members of the public asked to speak on the issue.
I am serving on the 4:30pm Panel: Market Overview / Tampa, Florida Case Study. Other members of the panel include:
- Dad Bradley, Vice President for Broadcast at Media General;
- Bill Carey, General Manager WFTS-TV;
- Pat Roberts, President, Florida Association of Broadcasters;
- Art Rowbotham, President, Hall Communications;
- Carlos Guzman, President, The Flyer Publishing Company of Florida;
- Ronald Gordon, President & CEO, ZGS Broadcast Holdings;
- Patrick Manteiga, Publisher, La Gaceta Newspaper;
- Eric Klinenberg, Associate Professor, New York University; author of Fighting For Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media;
Now, I am doing some research on the issue before my presentation. I want to be informed and arrive at an educated decision. I have found a couple of websites – such as Common Cause and Stop Big Media. I am planning to attend the Free Press and Tampa Educational Cable Consortium workshop this week.
Additional information I am reading will include things like the State of the News Media report. I’ve also compiled a good list of blog posts and news articles about different aspects of news media.
While I have a bias, my mind remains open.
I’ve already given a bit of my initial bias on this issue: I believe technology is advancing and will continue to advance at such a rapid pace, large media conglomerates will have difficulty catching up. Michael Hussey at Pushing Rope disagreed, as he often does :
No one reads blogs besides other bloggers. People need to get fresh sources of information. very few bloggers are actually reporters. The media is unperfect [sic], but still a vital source of information.
I will post my comments for the FCC here on Monday, shortly before I address the them. If anyone has a suggestion about where I can get more information — preferably ‘reputable,’ third-party sites – feel free to share. I’m still learning about the issue.