Committee developing plans for editorial integrity study
Public TV and radio leaders are collaborating on a re-examination of editorial integrity issues, including independence from political interference.
“It is time for a vigorous review of our editorial standards, affirming enduring principles and addressing circumstances scarcely imagined a generation ago,” says a funding proposal for the Editorial Integrity Project put forth by public TV’s Affinity Group Coalition.
Changed circumstances include user-generated content contributed to station websites, production partnerships with community nonprofits and the use of pubcasting brands in new media, as well as growing public expectations of openness in public-sector institutions.
The TV group invited public radio leaders to join the project, which aims to revisit territory covered by pubcasting’s Wingspread Conference in 1984.
Byron Knight, retired chief of Wisconsin Public Broadcasting, and Tom Thomas, co-chief executive of public radio’s Station Resource Group, are the project directors, according to the chair of the project’s Steering Committee, Ted Krichels, g.m. of Penn State Public Broadcasting.
Steering Committee members, besides Krichels, include Rod Bates of Nebraska ETV; Dean Capello of WNYC in New York; Malcolm Brett of Wisconsin Public Broadcasting; Dave Edwards of WUWM in Milwaukee; Sally Eisele of WBEZ in Chicago; Ted Eldredge of WLRN-FM in Miami; Tim Emmons of Northern Public Radio in DeKalb, Ill.; Sam Fleming of WBUR-FM in Boston; and DeAnne Hamilton of WKAR-TV/FM/AM in East Lansing, Mich.
Also: Bill Hanley of Twin Cities Public Television, Morgan Holm of Oregon Public Broadcasting, Bill Kobin of public TV’s Major Market Group, Kathleen Pavelko of WITF in Harrisburg, Pa.; Raul Ramirez of KQED in San Francisco, Marita Rivero of WGBH-TV/FM in Boston; Wick Rowland of KBDI in Denver; John Van Hoesen of Vermont Public Radio; Jerry Wareham of ideastream in Cleveland; and Allen Weatherly of Arkansas Educational Television Network.
Web page posted July 29, 2010
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