Foundations favor grantees with digital, local news chops

Posted: April 23, 2012

By giving two seminal news-related grants last year, the Pittsburgh Foundation broke from what chief executive Grant Oliphant described as the foundation’s history of “generic support” for public media. Answering the call from the Knight Foundation for matching grants to address gaps in local news coverage … Continue reading

Did Kramer overreach in Oregon?

Posted: April 9, 2012

… Citing a conflict of interest between Kramer’s role as station chief and his oversight of the separate nonprofit Jefferson Public Radio Foundation, license holder Southern Oregon University terminated his annual contract as JPR executive director…. Continue reading

With FCC’s eye on Daystar, WMFE-TV sale nixed

Posted: March 26, 2012

The FCC has delayed decisions on two transactions involving sales of public TV stations to Daystar Television Network to examine whether the religious broadcaster meets its criteria for localism and educational programming by noncommercial broadcasters. The scrutiny scuttled a deal … Continue reading

Reporters go extra mile with funds from iCrowd

Posted: March 26, 2012

… There’s a lot of hype about crowdfunding — raising production money through a website. So far, the technique hasn’t been able to support full-time journalists, much less a beat, a substantial weekly program or a newsroom. But independent journalists, public media stations, newspapers and web startups all have had successes… Continue reading