PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Last May, the FCC proposed an initiative to bring the federal government in to media newsrooms across the country. The agency plans to send researchers to ask questions of reporters, editors and station managers.
The focus of the Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs, or CIN, is to determine how news is gathered and reported on in certain markets. They aim to understand how stories are selected and then rated on a scale of importance. But above all, they aim to determine the perceived station bias and the perceived responsiveness to the under-served community.
In a recent opinion editorial in the Wall Street Journal, Commissioner Ajit Pai expresses his concern with this study and the cost of breaking people’s First Amendment rights. He wrote this piece to “simply raise public awareness.”