Sports: a real community that some stations join

Posted: December 12, 2011

There’s a new game in town — relatively new to public television, anyway. Blessed with digital multicast channels and eager to attract new viewers, PBS stations are finding success with high-school football and other sports as varied as NASCAR and … Continue reading

Pipeline 2012

Posted: December 12, 2011

This year’s Pipeline survey found projects planned, begun or completed about Francis Scott Key and Phil Ochs … religious pilgrims and itinerant carnies … Shakespeare and NASCAR … Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee … Col. George Armstrong Custer and Joe Paterno … Johann Bach and Freddie Fender … aging brains and young multitaskers. Mark (Survivor) Burnett does a “reality” show for PBS about prime ministers’ chefs, and David (Farmer’s Wife) Sutherland gives us verite of an aspiring Sioux social worker. Ken Burns follows up on the Central Park jogger case and Ric Burns looks at the blood spilled by the Civil War and the bad blood that still remains. Continue reading

Closing of news bureau leaves regrets, questions

Posted: December 12, 2011

There was no shortage of ideas for keeping Capitol News Connection afloat. CNC’s stock in trade was chasing down politicians for local legislators’ take on the day’s developments in Congress. Before it was shuttered in September, public radio’s little nonprofit … Continue reading

APM acquires Knight-nurtured Spot.us crowdfunding site

Posted: December 12, 2011

Minnesota-based American Public Media announced Nov. 29 the future cohabitation of two new-media tools for use by public media newsrooms. APM’s Public Insight Network (PIN), which helps journalists find story topics and sources in their communities, has acquired Spot.Us, a … Continue reading

Ancient human remains found under Alaska station

Posted: December 12, 2011

KCAW/Raven Radio in Sitka, Alaska, may not have a skeleton in its closet, but it has one in its basement. Contractors working beneath the studio in October uncovered human remains that may predate the 103-year-old building. KCAW General Manager Ken … Continue reading

PBS to produce sessions on TV fundraising at PMDMC

Posted: December 12, 2011

Next year’s Public Media Development and Marketing Conference, the annual event organized by pubradio’s Development Exchange Inc., will include a new track for pubTV professionals, produced by PBS. The conference runs July 12-14 in Seattle. The track will focus on … Continue reading

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