The Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University recently was host to a special day-long discussion of the information landscape in Washington with a particular emphasis on the information needs of the rural population.
The landscape is, in many ways, an enigma. A state that is an acknowledged world leader in digital technologies has some areas where there is virtually no digital access. The big cities—clustered in four areas—have ample electronic and print news coverage. But vast areas of rural Washington have very little.
The day-long roundtable in Pullman brought together experts from all sides of the information equation. Northwest Public Radio has pulled together the comments, analyses and critiques from that roundtable and presents them in this forum. We’ve broken the proceedings into six parts. The links above are for parts 1-3. (Listen to parts 4-6)
For a fuller look at the day—and a list of participants you’ll hear in the posted audio—we invite you to take a look at the actual report growing out of the roundtable—and research carried out by The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication—and presented recently at a special symposium at Harvard. It’s titled Murrow FCC Rural Information Initiative.