Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s special edition, I look at the report that came out today from the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. The Commission called for strengthening public media, bringing broadcast access to all Americans, and having at least one strong online info hub for each community. Plus, NPR announced it received a $3 million grant to start a local online news venture with 12 stations, covering community issues in-depth and working with the PBS embeddable video player. I asked Just One Question to Knight Commission executive director Peter Shane, too.

Check it out:


Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Knight Commission’s Complete List of Recommendations

Blue Ribbon Commission Calls for Urgent Attention to the Information Needs of America’s Communities at Knight Foundation

The Internet’s next frontier? News for your neighborhood at Ars Technica

Knight Foundation Report Urges More Information Access at E&P

Universal Broadband Key to Saving Media at InternetNews

Why community still matters in the digital age at San Jose Mercury News

NPR Gets $3 Million Grant For Hyper-Local News Initiative at TechCrunch

NPR Announced New Investigative Project – Legitimizes Bloggers in the Process”: at FishbowlLA

NPR Launching New Online Local Pilot With $3 Million From CPB, Knight at PaidContent

Building the Ideal Community Information Hub at MediaShift

Added Bonus: Here’s the entire interview with Peter Shane, if you’d like to hear more from him about the Commission’s report:

Here’s a graphical view of last week’s MediaShift survey results. The question was: “How do you deal with technology overload?”

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Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think about the Bay Area News Project non-profit venture.

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.