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Community Information Needs Explored

TKnight_logo he Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy is a group of 17-member media, policy and community leaders. Its purpose is to assess the information needs of communities, and recommend measures to help Americans better meet those needs.

The Knight Commission sees new thinking about news and information as a necessary step to sustaining democracy in the digital age. It thus follows in the footsteps of the 1940s Hutchins Commission and the Kerner and Carnegie Commissions of the 1960s.

But in the digital age, the stakes are even higher. Technological, economic and behavioral changes are dramatically altering how Americans communicate. Communications systems no longer run along the lines of local communities, and the gap in access to digital tools and skills is wide and troubling.

The Commission seeks to start a national discussion - leading to real action. Its aims are to maximize the availability and flow of credible local information; to enhance access and capacity to use the new tools of knowledge and exchange; and to encourage people to engage with information and each other within their geographic communities. 

You can review some video exploring this topic on uVu. 

You can see the commission report here

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The folks at Independent Lens recently launched a video widget that can be placed just about anywhere. This gadget is great for fans to stay up to date on all the great films Independent Lens is premiering this season. Grab the code by clicking the options button below the widget.

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Welcome to the Gusman Center

Gusmancenter Our friends at the Gusman Center have launched a new blog and we are thrilled to see that one of our segments on the history of that theatre is a featured entry.

Working with the center over the last few years, I've had a chance to explore some of the hidden corners of the building, I even had a chance to shoot an event from the private balcony on the second floor.  Alone in that space, you can feel the history of this remarkable building.  I hope you'll take a look at the story which now lives on our uVu site.

The theatre is worth a visit, even without a performance, but with a live event going on, it is spectacular.