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Crisis in Democracy: Renewing Trust in America

February 5, 2019  • Communications and Society Program

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The Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy is a group of 27 diverse citizens organized by the Aspen Institute and supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Through research, listening and deliberation, this nonpartisan Commission has worked to articulate the underlying reasons for growing distrust in American institutions, in particular the media; to re-envision a news and media information ecosystem that is transparent and responsible; and to inspire citizens and leaders to revitalize American civic life.

The Commission champions vibrant and responsible journalism as a critical component of self-government and accountability; believes in a world where new forms of communication and technology enhance, rather than diminish a healthy democracy; and sees digitally- and civically-literate citizens as the fundamental drivers of a vibrant American future.

In the report Crisis in Democracy: Renewing Trust in America, the Commission unanimously recommends cross-sector, guiding actions to restore trust in media and democracy. The Commission calls on all stakeholders—journalists, media distributors, government and business leaders, and, most importantly, each American—to acknowledge their unique responsibilities and work together toward fair and sustainable democratic governance.

Visit the interactive website to further explore the Knight Commission and the report.

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