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America’s Critical Community Information Needs


This chapter provides an overview of the volume’s core proposition: that Americans need information to govern themselves, to participate effectively in society, and to be safe. These needs fall along eight dimensions, including emergencies and risks, health and welfare, education, transportation, economic opportunities, the environment, civic information, and political information. Yet, despite these growing needs, the American information landscape is at a precarious moment as “news deserts” increase in the face of a contracting news media economy. New public policies at the federal level are necessary in order to help local communities meet the information needs of the American public.


  • Federal Communication Commission
  • Charter School
  • Community Information
  • Healthcare Information
  • Democratic Life

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Friedland, L.A. (2016). America’s Critical Community Information Needs. In: Lloyd, M., Friedland, L. (eds) The Communication Crisis in America, And How to Fix It. Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

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