Thursday roundup: Sweaters for public media, This American Life in the U.K.

By Andrew Lapin

Rogers and his famous cardigan.

• May 1 is the 45th anniversary of Fred Rogers’ famous testimony before Congress in defense of public broadcasting, and the member-station advocacy group Protect My Public Media aims to build a movement around the day. The group is asking pubmedia supporters to wear Mister Rogers–style cardigan sweaters today and share photos of themselves on social media with the hashtag #Sweaters4Pubmedia, as well as upload personal stories about public media to the Protect My Public Media website.

• Beginning May 4, BBC’s radio division will air selections from the archives of This American Life, the first time the program will be heard on British radio. The Radio 4 Extra channel is programming 13 episodes over the next few months.

• Nieman Journalism Lab takes a deep dive into NPR’s digital analytics team and looks at the network’s internal audience analytics dashboard, which NPR unveiled this week. Melody Kramer, a digital strategist at NPR, and her user-experience team talked with representatives from other news outlets including the New York Times and Buzzfeed as they developed the product.

• The Knight Foundation’s recent $250,000 grant to the producers of PBS’s POV is evidence of a growing philanthropic interest in digital storytelling, says Inside Philanthropy. “This is most certainly a sign that more and more foundations are paying attention to the power of digital storytelling and actually getting behind it with real funding,” Kristopher Monroe, the publication’s arts editor, wrote April 29.

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