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Barbara Cochran (far left) of the Missouri School of Journalism moderates a panel titled

Barbara Cochran (far left) of the Missouri School of Journalism moderates a panel titled "Survive or Thrive: The Future of Journalism" at a Communications Forum luncheon in Washington on July 15. Panelists included (from left) Sharyl Attkisson, Paul Farhi, Tom Rosenstiel, and Jack Shafer.
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Todd Mayman Joins Institute Board

Todd A. Mayman of TEGNA Inc. (formerly Gannett Co., Inc.) has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Media Institute.  Mr. Mayman is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Administrative Officer for TEGNA.  He also serves as a director of the TEGNA Foundation. » Read More

'Net Vitality Index In Detail' Provides Added
Data on Top Tier of Global Internet Leaders

The Media Institute has released The Net Vitality Index In Detail, a companion collection of detailed data used to develop the analysis released in the April 2015 report, Net Vitality: Identifying the Top-Tier Global Broadband Internet Ecosystem Leaders, by Professor Stuart N. Brotman. » Read More

Sen. Gordon Smith of NAB To Chair
Free Speech Week Advisory Council

Senator Gordon H. Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will serve as Chairman of the 2015 Advisory Council for Free Speech Week, the nation’s premier celebration of free speech.  This year’s event will take place Oct. 19-25. » Read More

Peggy Noonan, Meredith Attwell Baker
To Receive Institute Awards in October

The Media Institute will honor author and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan and Meredith Attwell Baker, president and CEO of CTIA–The Wireless Association, at its annual Friends &Benefactors Awards Banquet Oct. 21 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington,D.C.  Rep. Bob Goodlatte will deliver keynote remarks. » Read More

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Issue Watch

FCC Order Allows Online Rules for On-Air Contests
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The Coddling of the American Mind » Read More

CPJ Decries Charges Against Ferguson Reporters
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Oral Argument Set in Net Neutrality Challenge
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Media & Communications Policy Blog

News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson:
Telling It Like It Is

by Patrick Maines

It’s not every day that a speech given by a publishing executive is truly noteworthy, but remarks given earlier this month by Robert Thomson, CEO of News Corp., are the exception to the rule. Speaking on August 13 at Australia’s Lowy Institute for International Policy, Thomson delivered a powerful speech in which he decried, among other things, the business practices of “distribution” companies like Google, the commentariat’s disdain for markets, the theft of intellectual property, and the politically correct mindset of Silicon Valley. » Read More

Trump and the Media
by Patrick Maines

Far too many people, GOP presidential candidates included, earnestly describe Donald Trump as vulgar, narcissistic, uninformed, or juvenile.  What they don’t realize is that Trump and the media see attributes like these as his good qualities.
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Intellectual Property Issues

Making Art and Making a Living
by Prof. Jane C. Ginsburg,
Columbia University School of Law

Yesterday’s New York Times Magazine cover story featured a remarkably sanguine article about the prospects for creators and creativity in the online environment.  See “The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t.”  Good news in the creative arena being hard to find, the author’s perception of bright prospects for the creative trades should be heartening. » Read More

Google as Copyright Iconoclast
by Prof. James Gibson,
University of Richmond School of Law

Google’s role as a copyright defendant has provided fodder for many an essay in this series, particularly with regard to the Google Books litigation.  (Incidentally, that litigation celebrates its tenth anniversary next month – and it’s still going strong.)  A more recent Google case, however, is probably just as important, and it provides another interesting lesson in the Internet behemoth’s copyright litigation strategy. » Read More

Updating Machlup: The (Still Uncertain)
Case for Patents

by Prof. Robert P. Merges,
University of California at Berkeley School of Law

Fritz Machlup famously said that if we did not have a patent system, there is not enough evidence to show we should create one.  But he also said that because we do have one, there is not enough evidence to get rid of it. » Read More

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