In 2018, the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy gathered ideas and considered possible solutions. Next up: proposals for action.
What is the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy?
The Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy was established by the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and the Knight Foundation to examine the decline in Americans’ trust of democratic institutions, particularly the media, over the last 40 years. Made up of 27 individuals including current and former members of government, media, business, nonprofits, academia, and the arts, the commission met throughout 2018. The Commission will release a report and recommendations in February 2019.
The Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy - The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation…
Members of the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy - The Aspen Institute
Co-Chairs Tony Marx President The New York Public Library Jamie Woodson President and Chief Executive Officer State…
Research informed discussion
The Knight Commission began the year with evidence of widespread, deep, distrust in the media as well as of extreme polarization in the American people.
10 reasons why Americans don’t trust the media
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The Commission gathered more evidence–and thought-provoking nuance–throughout the year with research sponsored by the Knight Foundation and thoughtful commentary from the field. At meetings across the country, commissioners listened to expert testimony and discussed thorny problems. On Medium, the Knight Commission published research and expert commentary and solicited comments from the public.
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Thinking about solutions
The Knight Commission asked journalists, technologists, scholars, and more to give us ideas on how we can rebuild trust. For many, the key is a focus on strengthening sources of trustworthy local news.
What I wish everyone who cared about local news knew about local news
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Local News is a Building Block to Rebuild Trust
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Raney Aronson is a member of the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy.
Can public funding for local news increase trust in media?
Experiments aim to increase public oversight and community participation in local news
From the Field: Colorado’s Local News Ecosystem is at a Crossroads
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Others proposed ways to help to promote healthy conversation online and thought about ways social media contributes to the problem and can also be part of solutions.
Let’s gather around the “digital hearth
How Cortico and MIT are using technology to foster community conversations in an age of polarization
How to hold platforms accountable without heavy regulation
Or, what is an “information fiduciary,” and how can it build trust?
For online media literacy that works, speed and ease matters
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The Knight commissioners began the hard work of developing drafts of their report. They asked the public to comment.
DRAFT Chapter 1: The Necessity for Trust
For comment, draft first chapter of “Renewing Trust in America,” from the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and…
DRAFT Chapter 2: What Happened to Trust?
For comment, draft second chapter of “Renewing Trust in America,” from the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and…
Trust, Media and Democracy
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They asked for ideas for recommendations, while continuing their discussions.
Taking steps to restoring the public’s trust in media
Knight commissioners, experts discuss ideas for needed change
What would you recommend?
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Six things about trust, media and democracy you’ve told us — so far
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The Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy will release its report and recommendations in February 2019.
What can we expect? At their best, commissions can explain past failures with an eye on influencing the future. Alberto Ibargüen, president of the Knight Foundation, often describes this as providing a “compass, not a roadmap.” A commission can explore problems and point to a future direction, but it’s up to citizens and leaders to figure out the details and forge the path forward.
Commissions provide compass for change
Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy represents long tradition of high profile commissions concerned with…