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Itís Always About The Money - April 9, 2012
Local media is often held as essential to strong community dynamics, a multitude of voices preferable to a few outlets offered by either the State or big private owners. The dilemma, less figured, is pure economics. Local media is expensive and a lot of local media is unsustainable, forcing difficult, often ugly decisions on media workers and owners. A solution, like the money, is hard to find.

Turnarounds Are More Than A Tip-toe Through The Tulips - October 3, 2011
Systemic change offers opportunities for new thinking about a nationís media. Wholesale upheavals, from ďflowerĒ and "color" revolutions to ďspringtimeĒ protests and, even, wars, would seem to create the right conditions. And, too, the digital revolution should open the media space. Reality, though, is a laggard.

Prickly President Trashes Media, Worries Neighbors - June 20, 2011
National leaders can be rather prickly when it comes to relations with media organizations and journalists. Some just donít take criticism very well. Others seem bent on upsetting everybody.

Media Outlook: No Pressure, No Progress - May 16, 2011
Blights on the media landscape are oft noted, particularly at the fringes. The media is too powerful, except where it isnít. Itís too rich, except where it isnít. It has the best of values, except when it doesnít. On this everybody seems to agree, except when they canít.

Some Television Networks Just Have That Edge - April 1, 2011
Media development in post-conflict zones isnít for the faint of heart. Each region has their own challenges and no single strategy guarantees success. Strong, persistent actors have an edge.

Bosnia bill due and payable - February 19, 2010
After nearly two decades of international supervision, the countries spun-off from what was once known as Yugoslavia have made remarkable progress in sustainable media development. Pressures remain and the resulting tensions create more pressures. The investment has been considerable and now the bills are due.


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