Free Press is working to create policies that expand funding for public media and make it more digital and diverse.
Surveys show that most Americans consider public broadcasting more trustworthy and educational than commercial media. Yet every year public media must face congressional scrutiny and endure budget cuts and threats to end all funding. Instead of being free to focus on delivering relevant news and information, public broadcasters are forced to fight for their survival. It’s time to rethink how Congress funds public media and build a stronger firewall against political meddling.
New technologies are sparking a revolution in media making and present a unique opportunity to reimagine and reinvigorate public media for the digital age. We are working to help create strong partnerships between public broadcasters and the communities they serve. By including more voices and perspectives, public media can heighten its cultural and social relevance and expand its audience base.