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August 1, 2019

Where Does Burnout Come From?

By SHRM  Burnout is classically seen in three factors: exhaustion, cynicism, and lack of personal effectiveness. Of these three components, which are candidates to cause burnout? In other words, which came first: the proverbial chicken or the egg?Teasing out causality is notoriously hard in research circles. Indicating correlation—that two things tend to occur together—is statistically straightforward. Causation requires the introduction of time as an isolating variable, and, given the constraints of research grants, that can be challenging.However, much like the proofs that we all hated in our geometry class, we can evaluate each of the criteria to evaluate whether it's a reasonable candidate to cause the condition. 
July 31, 2019

FCC Revises Children’s Programming Rules for Broadcasters

By VarietyThe FCC on Wednesday voted to revise some of the obligations that broadcast TV stations have to carry informational and educational programming for children.The changes, adopted on a 3-2 vote, reflect the push by broadcasters to loosen the obligations established under the landmark Children’s Television Act in 1990, which established a detailed set of regulations that broadcasters have to comply with in order to retain their licenses from the FCC. The FCC also issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to study other adjustments — what FCC described as effort to “modernize” — to the rules.
July 30, 2019

New Member Benefit- Job Description Tool

Have you checked out PMBA's newest member benefit--the Job Description Tool? This online tool allows you to find templated descriptions for positions at your station, and you'll be able to sort by station size and job type. Job descriptions that you'll find include Accounting Technician, Annual Fund Director, Business Manager, Chief Content Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Education, General Manager, Grants Director, Media, Sponsorship, and Events Coordinator, News Director, Reporter, Television Program Manager, and many more! If you have a job description template that you would like to contribute to this database, please email us. Note: This is the final week non-members will be able to access this tool. Join PMBA today for access to this and all other member benefits. PMBA is the “go-to” trade association serving the business needs of public media, focused on delivering programs and services that enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and economics of public media. Our services, resources, and partnerships help you advance the business needs of your station.
July 29, 2019

Digital Alert Systems Releases Guide for National EAS Test

By Radio WorldThere is less than a month before the mandatory, nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, and Digital Alert Systems is aiming to help its customers with a free online preparation document.
July 25, 2019

The HR Balancing Act: Tech Insights Versus Human Intuition

By ForbesHow’s your relationship with Siri and Alexa? Have you ever had a misunderstanding followed by wanting to break up? I have. As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to integrate into everyday life and business, there needs to be a serious conversation around the human factor, fundamentals and a real-time understanding of how your workforce is doing. HR has become increasingly data-driven over the past decade and it’s important we ask where the tipping point is. Human resources as a function must still pay attention to, well, humans.
July 25, 2019

Does Diversity Training Work the Way It’s Supposed To?

By SHRM Virtually all Fortune 500 companies offer diversity training to their employees, yet surprisingly few of them have measured its impact. That's unfortunate, considering that evidence has shown that diversity training can backfire, eliciting defensiveness from the very people who might benefit most. And even when the training is beneficial, the effects may not last after the program ends.This made us curious: What would happen if we created a training program and rigorously tested its effects? If we used the most relevant scientific findings on behavior change to design an intervention for increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace, could we change employee attitudes? Could we prompt more inclusive behavior? If so, would those changes stick? */
June 12, 2019

PMBA Annual Conference Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Each year, this event has continued to expand, bringing the best in finance and HR education to the public media system. The event began on Tuesday, with the pre-conference workshops sponsored by CPB, followed by the Newcomer’s Reception, where first-timers and veteran attendees were able to connect. This year we welcomed almost two dozen new attendees to the conference!
April 16, 2019

Photo-Trolls Still Target Broadcasters

By Garvey Schubert Barer, P.C. Broadcasters are still being targeted by "photo-trolls" for copyright infringement claims arising from use of photographs on stations' websites. For those unfamiliar with the playbook, photographers engage law firms and technology vendors with sophisticated algorithms to scrape the web for uses of images in their portfolios. The station is then met with the attorney's demand for money under a threat of litigation, typically inflated beyond what the plaintiff could reasonably expect to recover in court, followed by a "cookie cutter" lawsuit in federal court when the demand is refused. A handful of lawyers solicit such clients and are responsible for filing hundreds of nearly identical cases. Some courts have expressed displeasure at the borderline extortionate tactics of these firms. For now, the vast majority of these cases settle out of court with the broadcaster paying to make the claim go away.Read the full article.
April 16, 2019

Bipartisan Co-chairs to Lead House Public Broadcasting Caucus

By Current Four House lawmakers, two Democrats and two Republicans, will co-chair the Congressional Public Broadcasting Caucus this session. “The bipartisan nature of this leadership team reflects the bipartisan nature of public support for federal funding of public broadcasting,” said Pat Butler, president of America’s Public Television Stations.
April 16, 2019

PMBA Webinar April 23--FCC Repack: A Financial Perspective

April Webinar--Free to PMBA Members FCC Repack: A Financial PerspectiveApril 23, 2019, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm ET From the towers into the trenches, this webinar will feature actual station experiences from folks on the front lines. Get practical advice about implementation and reimbursement, hear hard-learned lessons, and take away key tips to make your transition a little easier. Join our next PMBA webinar and learn from those who have gone before. This webinar is free to employees at PMBA member stations.   

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