4 Minute Roundup: Bay Area News Project; FCC and Net Neutrality

    by Mark Glaser
    September 25, 2009

    Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at the new Bay Area News Project, a non-profit startup with $5 million in funding from financier Warren Hellman, in association with KQED and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Plus, the FCC’s new chairman Julius Genachowski makes waves by supporting new rules for Net neutrality, and I ask Just One Question to Daylife CEO Upendra Shardanand.

    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:

    Hellman nonprofit to boost local news coverage at SF Chronicle


    Hellman and partners to launch Bay Area newsroom at SF Bay Guardian

    Dear Warren at Digidave.org

    UC Berkeley Threatens Bay Area Journalism at East Bay Express

    Hellman news play — KQED, UC — and NY Times? at SF Business Times

    With $5 Million Grant in Hand, Bay Area Non-Profit News Site Takes Shape at PaidContent

    FCC Embraces Net Neutrality, Enforces It On ISPs at Fast Company

    Net neutrality victory for consumers at San Jose Mercury News

    Senate Republicans Scrap Anti-Net Neutrality Push at Washington Post

    FCC Takes Sides in Net-Neutrality Debate at Washington Post

    Daylife, Getty Give Aggregation Tools to Publishers at MediaShift

    Here’s a graphical view of last week’s MediaShift survey results. The question was: “What’s the future of business magazines like Fortune and BusinessWeek?”

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    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think about how you deal with technology overload.

    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.

    Tagged: bay area news project daylife fcc net neutrality non-profit propublica

    4 responses to “4 Minute Roundup: Bay Area News Project; FCC and Net Neutrality”

    1. Hi Mark,

      Net Neutrality is so important. If legal traffic is discriminated against it will limit freedom of expressionism, that is what makes the American internet so great.

      Sure, illegal traffic such as spam and malicious websites should be filtered, but sites like mine which offers unique nature photo content could be discriminated against, and thus many may never find my work.

      That is just one example and I am sure there are thousands that this would impact and thus curb expressive freedom.

      This would be very sad because the web is what has driven my passion for taking pictures for several years now. Without a way to compete with large commercial giants I may as well not even post any more pictures.



    2. Dorian says:

      Can you give us a link for the poll on how you deal with technology overload?

    3. Dorian,
      The poll should be on every page of the MediaShift site, including on the home page.

    4. claudia reed says:

      You say Robert Gammon calls the Bay Area News Project a “slave labor” operation because it plans to make use of unpaid interns from UC Berkeley. Did Mr. Gammon ever study journalism at a college or university? If so, he must surely recall that all journalism degree programs require internships – and that most are unpaid. Why not give the UC students a chance put in the required time with a healthy non-profit rather than a moribund “news” paper offering AP leftovers, crime story tidbits and entertainment candy?

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