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November 7, 2019

FCC Reveals 60-Day Grace Period for IPAWS Update

By Radio World EAS participants who are not able to update to the IPAWS certificate that was released on Oct. 28 by the deadline of Nov. 8 will not turn into the proverbial pumpkin when the clock strikes midnight, according to a Public Notice from the FCC.In the notice from the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the FCC, it was revealed that there are specific guidelines regarding equipment readiness that will allow EAS participants to continue to operate without the impacted, required equipment for a period of 60 days after the Nov. 8 deadline.
October 18, 2019

Texas Public Radio Stations and NPR Launch Collaborative Statewide Newsroom

By KUT 90.5 Public radio stations across Texas are teaming with NPR to increase coverage of statewide issues and boost reporting from underserved regions, including the border with Mexico. Reporters and editors from the state’s four largest public radio stations — KUT in Austin, KERA in Dallas, Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, and Houston Public Media — will plan statewide coverage together, share resources, and dig deeper into the most important stories in Texas.
October 7, 2019

Public Media Company Names Erin Moran President

By Public Media Company Erin Moran has a long history at Public Media Company, joining the nonprofit strategic advisory firm in 2002 as the principal advisor on financial matters. She has served as interim President since April 2019, when Public Media Company announced that co-Founder and CEO, Marc Hand, was leaving to run the Public Media Venture Group, a separate nonprofit focused on opportunities inherent in Next Gen TV.
October 3, 2019

LinkedIn introduces assessment tool to test job seekers' skills

By HR Dive LinkedIn has announced a new skills assessment tool that allows job seekers to find out how proficient they are in their area of specialty. LinkedIn Skill Assessments validates job seekers’ proficiency and marks their profile so they’ll stand out to recruiters. 
September 24, 2019

How to experiment with local TV news: It’s really about choosing your own adventure

By NiemanLab Choose Your Own Adventure books were a big hit. But what about choose your news?This isn’t quite personalizing algorithms on a news site’s homepage or platforms surfacing different items in your feed. One local TV station let its followers decide the stories shown on its evening newscast. It used GroundSource to collect story ideas over SMS from viewers two weeks in advance and polling Twitter followers hours before the show began over which topics they wanted to watch. (“An experimental community” beat “oil on Native lands” and “emissions and ride-sharing,” this time.) The unchosen content still was available online for viewers to see.Netflix has done a similar experiment — and was sued by the Choose Your Own Adventure series publisher — with interactive content, allowing viewers to pick the next step in the show, and plans to do much more. For Cronkite News on Arizona PBS, this was one night of several experiments.
August 28, 2019

Employee experience may play role in raising productivity, reducing turnover

By HR Dive Enhancing employee experience — not just engagement — leads to higher productivity and lower turnover, according to research by coaching platform BetterUp. The company's Employee Experience Index of 17,000 workers found employees who scored highly on the index had 28% higher productivity, 37% fewer turnover intentions and 59% higher job satisfaction rises compared to their peers.
August 21, 2019

Media Companies Pay $600,000 in Civil Penalties for EAS Misuse

By Radio World Misuse of the codes associated with the nation’s emergency alert system can lead to hefty fines — just ask Meruelo Radio Holdings, ABC, AMC and Discovery, who agreed to a series of civil consent decrees ranging from $67,000 to $395,000.Last week the commission announced it had reached significant financial settlements with a radio group owner, TV broadcaster and a cable TV network for using actual or simulated EAS tones during a broadcast. FCC rules prohibit broadcasting of EAS tones except during an actual emergency, test or public service announcements, and this includes simulations of those tones.
August 13, 2019

These 9 Creative Interview Questions Evoke Crucial Insights About Any Job Applicant. (Ask Them Before You Make an Offer You'll Regret)

By Inc. Recently, I wrote about some of the best interview questions that Inc.com has featured over the years. And I asked readers who had other suggestions to let me know about them.Wow, did you ever deliver. Today, we'll begin sharing some of the replies, starting with nine of the more unusual interview questions -- creative ideas that elicit insights, while being offbeat enough that applicants probably won't show up for job interviews with stock answers.  Feel free to use these questions as they are. But perhaps even better, use them as a jumping-off point to come up with your own creative questions. 
August 9, 2019

What Is HR’s Ethical Responsibility in the Digital Transformation Age?

By SHRM Company executives are eager to supercharge their decision-making process with technology that helps them process massive amounts of data. Keeping a strong focus on company values and ethics when gathering, using and disseminating that data can be critical to the organization's success. As companies embrace new tools that drive efficiency, cut costs and improve the delivery of products and services to customers, human resources managers recognize that the growing amount of sensitive data available requires the data to be collected, managed and used in a way that is consistent with company values and adheres to legal and regulatory requirements.  Additionally, software that closely monitors employees' daily activities challenges HR managers who are trying to build a good employee experience. 
August 8, 2019

At a time when local information is needed, FCC vote endangers public-access stations

By Current  The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines Thursday to change long-standing guidelines related to cable franchising fees. The modifications detrimentally affect one of educational media’s great unsung heroes, Public, Educational and Government access television and radio stations nationwide. At issue for many communities are what may be, to the average consumer, little-known regulations from the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984. That legislation limited what cities can bill cable companies for local access to 5% of gross revenues on cable bills. Cities then use that money to support their local PEG stations. 

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