Wednesday roundup: lessons from Pension Peril; honey badgers on Nature

By Andrew Lapin

• David Sirota’s investigation for PandoDaily of WNET’s Pension Peril series led to the station returning a $3.5 million foundation grant last week. Sirota now suggests five lessons to draw from the incident.

• MediaShift, the PBS initiative focused on media and technology, has launched a project devoted to journalism education. EdShift, supported by a Knight Foundation grant, will aid educators with chats, training opportunities and more. The site aims to become “the central hub for journalism educators, students and professionals to find resources, tools and support for transforming their work,” Education Curator Kathleen Bartzen Culver wrote in an introductory post.

• Vermont Public Radio is making staffing changes in its classical division, creating a managing producer position and dismissing afternoon host Joe Goetz. The station is replacing Goetz’s daily program with Minnesota Public Radio’s Classical 24. “We want to thank Joe for his energy and enthusiasm for classical music, and for his many contributions to VPR Classical,” the post read. Goetz joined the station in 2007. (h/t Scanning the Dial)

• Cathy Wurzer and Eric Eskola, co-hosts of Twin Cities Public Television’s weekly public-affairs program Almanac, announced on Facebook Tuesday that they will end their marriage but will continue to co-host the long-running show, reports the Pioneer Press. They both married and became co-hosts in 1994.

• Nature viewers will discover tonight whether honey badgers do, in fact, care. A trailer for the episode “Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem” references a popular YouTube video that combines footage of the animals with a comedian’s snarky narration.

(Warning, some NSFW language in this next one.)

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