Assessing the Health of Local Journalism Ecosystems


The Media + the Public Interest Initiative at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information is focused on engaged scholarship dedicated to how media systems can better serve the informational, political, and cultural needs and interests of all sectors of the population.

The Initiative pursues these objectives via a range of activities, including research, commentary, and advocacy; engagement with alternative and community media makers, government agencies, and civil society organizations; and collaborations with the journalistic community.

Journalism and Media Studies Professor Phil Napoli participates in a September roundtable discussion with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.


Journalism and Media Studies Assistant Professor Todd Wolfson addresses FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler during a September roundtable discussion.

The Media + the Public Interest Initiative is excited about the publication of two new books exploring contemporary media activism from Rutgers Journalism & Media Studies faculty members Todd Wolfson and Christina Dunbar Hester

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