The recession has compounded the financial turmoil faced by institutions of the press. Newspapers have closed, media ownership has consolidated, and few companies have been able to build sufficient revenue through online distribution. Moreover, as the recently issued Knight Report, Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in a Digital Age, stated: "The digital age is creating an information and communications renaissance. But it is not serving all Americans and their local communities equally." All of which begs the question: What, if anything, can policymakers do to broaden and improve the new media ecosystem?
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