Study on Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy

April 14, 2008

Washington, D.C. – The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute today announced the launch of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. The high-level Knight Commission will look into whether the information needs of 21st century American citizens and communities are being met and make recommendations for public policy and private initiatives that will help better meet community information needs.

"We live in a democratic society built on the premise of an informed electorate – yet the very structure on which that democracy is built – the local election held in a geographically defined community – is more and more an uninformed decision. That concerns us."

Contact: Erin Silliman, Aspen Institute, 202-736-5851 erin [dot] silliman [at] knightcomm [dot] org