Miller-McCune magazine profiled Rodney Benson and Matthew Powers' recent report on "Public Media and Political Independence." The report, sponsored by grants from Free Press and the Foundation to Promote Open Society, was released at a NYU public event on February 15, 2011. The report investigates 14 democratic nations and the policies they use to support journalism and protect journalists from political and commercial influence.
Rodney Benson is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Matthew Powers is a PhD candidate in the department. His academic interests include the sociology of news, comparative media and the public sphere. At present, his dissertation research considers the changing character of foreign news production, focusing on the information production practices of NGOs.