Media Re:public is a research project that examines the current and potential impact of participatory news media. Funded by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Media Re:public is collaborating with the citizen and professional journalism communities as well the Berkman network to help the many researchers and practitioners working in this field take an analytical but constructive look at the way new voices, sources and formats are changing the information landscape. The goal of the project is to bring the best ideas together to inform the effective creation and dissemination of news and information that is meaningful in people’s lives.
Media Re:public studies how people who are not professional journalists are changing the information landscape and consequently, civic life. The project also looks at how traditional media outlets are using new sources and interactive tools to engage their readers, listeners, and viewers. Through a collaborative research process, Media Re:public is surveying the changes in the media landscape, examining possible scenarios for the future, and putting forward an agenda for research.