Lewis Friedland


College of Letters & Science l School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Lewis Friedland is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, where he also founded and directs the Center for Communication and Democracy. Friedland is also the Leon Epstein Faculty Fellow. He founded and directs the Madison Commons, an experiment in reporting and delivering community news on the web. He is author of multiple books and articles, including Civic Innovation in America, with Carmen Sirianni.


  • The Changing News Ecology: What Will We Do Without Newspapers?
  • Can Democracy Exist Without Journalism?
  • Building New Models of News