The FCC’s eighteen-months-in-the-making Future of Media report—now called “The Information Needs of Communities”—is now out and available below for your perusal.

Steve Waldman, the lead author of the report is currently presenting the report at an FCC Open Commission Meeting. The live stream of that presentation is here.

If you’re looking for a yard stick to measure the report’s recommendations against, check out Steve Coll’s open letter to Waldman outlining his own recommendations here. The piece ran on the cover of CJR’s Nov/Dec 2010 issue.

FCC Report: THE INFORMATION NEEDS OF COMMUNITIES

If you were listening to Waldman’s presentation earlier and noticed he mentioned CJR’s “Hamster Wheel” story, you can read that feature, by Dean Starkman, here.

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Joel Meares is a former CJR assistant editor.