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Appendices

APPENDIX I Taking Stock: Are You a Healthy Information Community? No one has developed a system for scientifically measuring the quality of a local community’s information environment. But communities can begin to take stock of their information environments by considering the following eight features that the Knight Commission report stresses as elements of a healthy information community: 1. A majority of government information and services online, accessible through a central and easy to use portal

- Driver license and vehicle registration information

- Tax information

- Social services

- Contact information for government officials

2. A local government with a committed policy on transparency

- Are documents publicly available and understandable?

-A  re they easy to obtain and promptly released under appropriate freedom of information laws?

- Is government operating in the sunshine?

3. Quality journalism through local newspapers, local television and radio stations, and online sources

-A  re they economically healthy and robust, providing high quality civic information as well as life-supporting information?

- Is there a diversity of viewpoints and competitive choice?

Informing Communities  

The Report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy

Informing Communities  

The Report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy

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