Journalists and independent media makers will always be society's most valuable truth tellers. However, the old media system that historically supported them is melting away. Some outlets have succumbed to the old system's big thaw and shut down or drastically cut news operations. Others have made small changes to their journalism and business models that will keep them afloat one more day. The Big Thaw: Charting a New Future for Journalism focuses on how independent media organizations can navigate the currents of change to reach higher ground over the long term.