Image by Knight Foundation via FlickrWe have less than a day left to share our information needs with a group developing quantitative research on community needs: The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.
The Commission launched in June 2008 with an aggressive agenda to assess the information needs of citizens from a variety of different types of communities in order to make concrete recommendations to public policy makers about improving local information flow and filling the information voids. The free flow of news and information in communities is essential to effective democracy. With the digital age transforming media worldwide, reducing traditional journalism in a number of communities, the Commission is focused on how Americans will get the news and information they need to make informed decisions.
What are your information needs?
The Knight Foundation along with PBS Engage have created a public input tool to answer basic questions about community information needs:
- Where do you find your information? Newspapers? Online? Television? Radio?
- In your local community, what kinds of information do you need to inform the decisions you make and improve your understanding of the community in which you live?
- How can local governments improve public access to the information communities need?
- Do you think everyone in your community has access to the networks they need (online or in-person) to find important information?
- How would you improve the quality of information available to the general public?
The public input period will end 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 8, 2009.