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March 26, 2014

PMBA Early Bird Deadline is Monday, March 31

Save $50 off your registration. The 2014 PMBA Annual Conference will take place in Portland, Ore., May 28-30, 2014. Public media's business professionals — including general managers, CFOs, financial and business executives and human resources professionals — attend the PMBA Annual Conference to focus on strengthening the operational and financial health of public radio and television stations. With outstanding opportunities for education, networking, and professional growth, the 2014 PMBA Annual Conference will be tailored to optimize your time and money, provide maximum continuing education credits, and provide constructive value. The PMBA Annual Conference offers Pre-Conference Workshops by CPB, keynotes, concurrent sessions, networking events, and much more. Register today and save $50 — Early bird registration ends March 31! 
March 25, 2014

State of the news media 2014

The State of the News Media 2014 is the eleventh edition of an annual report by the Pew Research Center's Journalism Project examining the landscape of American journalism. This year's study includes special reports about the revenue picture for news, the growth in digital reporting, the role of acquisitions and content sharing in local news and developments around digital video. In addition, it provides the latest audience, economic, news investment and ownership trends for key sectors of news media, including a new, searchable Media & News Indicators database. 
March 21, 2014

'This American Life' parting ways with distributor PRI

Chicago Public Media's signature program, "This American Life," is parting ways with its national distributor after 17 years, but the show will go on, according to its producers. The weekly show has been marketed since 1997 by Public Radio International, a nonprofit which distributes the program to 587 stations across the U.S. That relationship will end as of July 1.
March 20, 2014

How to Use an iPad for Business

An iPad isn't just fun to use. With the right apps and accessories, Apple's tablet can become a work machine. When linked with a Bluetooth keyboard, an iPad can become almost as productive as a laptop computer. And the broad selection of iPad apps can help you view and edit documents, take notes, plan your workday and manage your business's bottom line — all on a device that's much thinner and more portable than a laptop. 
March 17, 2014

Attend the PMBA Conference on the Sid Brown Scholarship

PMBA is accepting applications for the Sid Brown Scholarship. Since 1996, PMBA has offered the Sid Brown Scholarship, awarding the winner each year travel expenses (hotel and airfare not to exceed $1,000) to the Annual Conference as well as a complimentary registration. The scholarship honors the late Sid Brown, NPR's Vice President for Finance and Administration, who died in 1994. For information on how to apply, click here. 
March 12, 2014

Inside the Texas Tribune model of sustainable journalism

One of the best little newspapers in Texas made a big announcement recently. Austin-based Texas Tribune tapped former New York Times exec Tim Griggs to be its new publisher and chief operating officer. The four-year-old digital-only daily is a nonprofit media organization, devoted to increasing both an understanding of and participation in state government and public policy. With a newsroom of 50, the Tribune's reportorial staff makes up more than half of the Texas state capital news corps. 
March 11, 2014

Upworthy partners with ProPublica and advocacy media groups on original content

When Upworthy raised an additional $8 million in September of last year, they wrote a blog post thanking their readers and making them a promise. The new funds, they wrote, will "help us branch out into new editorial areas. There are a ton of very, very Upworthy issue areas that we can't wait to dig into much more deeply." In addition, they said they would "build out our business so that we can keep growing and get to the scale where we can really make a lasting impact." Recently, they announced some first steps toward achieving those goals.
March 6, 2014

Could going all in on the cloud help you save money?

That's what a recent study suggests. A new Computer Economics report states that organizations that moved to software-as-a-service platforms ended up being more efficient when spending on IT-related expenses — and that led to more money for new projects. 
March 3, 2014

Register for PMBA's 2014 Annual Conference in Portland, OR

The 2014 PMBA Annual Conference will take place in Portland, OR, May 28-30, 2014. Public media's business professionals — including general managers, CFOs, financial and business executives, and human resources professionals — attend the PMBA Annual Conference to focus on strengthening the operational and financial health of public radio and television stations. With outstanding opportunities for education, networking, and professional growth, the 2014 PMBA Annual Conference will be tailored to optimize your time and money, provide maximum continuing education credits and provide constructive value. The PMBA Annual Conference offers pre-conference workshops by CPB, keynotes, concurrent sessions, networking events and much more. Register today!
February 28, 2014

On recent Capitol Hill Day, pubmedia 'not in the crosshairs'

Pubcasters meeting with Capitol Hill lawmakers recently could start those conversations this time around with a confidence they might have lacked in years prior. As they prepared their talking points, they heard from members of Congress who emphasized the rosier outlook for federal funding that pubcasting faces. Lawmakers voted in January to restore pubcasting's CPB funding through fiscal year 2016 to $445 million, bringing appropriations back to their level prior to the automatic federal budget cuts enacted last year.

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