Proposal floated to extend federal funding “beyond broadcast”

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It no longer makes sense for the federal government to fund a corporation for public broadcasting, writes David Sasaki, outreach director of the global citizen media project Rising Voices and contributor to the MediaShift Idea Lab blog on He proposes that President-elect Barack Obama create a National Journalism Foundation, modeled on the National Science Foundation and funded with some sort of tax on internet service providers or the giant telecom companies, to replace CPB. The foundation would fund PBS and NPR in addition to web-only journalism projects such as EveryBlock and “We need a federal body in charge of supporting the nation’s journalism, communication, and information needs,” Sasaki writes. “That is, in charge of supporting quality online content and mash-ups.”