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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.
February 25, 2014

Public TV stations earn new revenues as 'problem-solver' for educators

When Tom Axtell took over as the general manager of Vegas PBS in 1994, about half of the station’s $3 million budget came from the Clark County School District, to which the station is licensed. The day after he was hired, Axtell learned that the superintendent's staff believed the district was receiving little value from its seven-figure annual subsidy of the station. The superintendent told him he had two years to change that, or the school funds would be zeroed out. From that startling introduction, Axtell developed for Vegas PBS a "strategy of survival" that has since become an innovative education-based model for public television sustainability.
February 20, 2014

2014 tech trends that will impact foundations

WebbMedia Group Founder and digital media futurist Amy Webb looks at prototypes, patents and societal trends to forecast the near future in technology. But how will the emerging tech trends affect the work of community and place-based foundations? At a Media Learning Seminar, Webb outlined four big ideas.
February 11, 2014

How To Improve Productivity With Electronic Document Management

Effective data management is one of the biggest challenges accounting firms face. Implementing an Electronic Document Management system allows companies to reduce costs, improve service, increase productivity and meet regulatory requirements. Accounting firms who stay with a paper record and filing system are creating a logistical nightmare for themselves, especially during the busy tax season.
February 5, 2014

What can make audio go viral? NPR experiments with building earworms for social media

By now you've likely come across Digg's terrific piece on viral audio. And if you haven't ventured beyond the headline, it's worth a read. The piece picks apart this question: How come audio never goes viral? That's a question we've been exploring over the past year here at NPR Digital Services.
February 3, 2014

New fund to give $1 million in to innovative nonprofit news, public media projects

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced it will invest $1 million in a fund to encourage innovation and experimentation in nonprofit news and public media organizations. The INNovation Fund is a partnership between Knight Foundation and the Investigative News Network, a nonprofit collaborative organization made up of more than 90 nonprofit investigative journalism outlets. The Investigative News Network will select the recipients and manage the program.
January 27, 2014

The Four Secrets to Employee Engagement

Direct supervisors who set their teams up for success, observe them in action, ask for feedback, identify the root causes of employee concerns, and then follow through with meaningful improvements have happier, more engaged employees. Why, then, do senior executives who tout the value of employee engagement so often delegate it to the HR department? HR serves an important function, but not even the best HR staff is in a position to take the actions required to affect the attitudes of individual employees or teams.
January 23, 2014

Infographic: Top Social Sharing Trends in 2013

For media companies and publishers looking to garner more clicks online, research on who shares content, and through which platform, is essential. This year, you might be surprised to see that fewer people are sharing content over email, and Pinterest is leading the charts with the fastest growth rate, according to the latest numbers from ShareThis, which released its Consumer Sharing Trends Report. The infographic, created by ShareThis, offers more interesting findings about trends in content sharing through social media in 2013.
January 8, 2014

Apply to PMBA's Compliance Inspection Program - Deadline January 31, 2014

The Public Media Business Association (PMBA) is accepting applications from public radio and television stations interested in participating in the new PMBA Compliance Inspection Program. Development of this program will be funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) under the Collaborative Operations and Services Grant Program. The application deadline is January 31, 2014.
December 5, 2013

PMBA to Launch Compliance Inspection Program

he Public Media Business Association (PMBA) is pleased to announce that it will launch the Compliance Inspection Program in January 2014. Development of this program will be funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) under the Collaborative Operations and Services Grant Program. The Compliance Inspection Program is a cost-effective method for stations to obtain specialized compliance assistance in order to have their compliance procedures in order – so they are prepared for an audit by the Inspector General (IG), and so they know they are good stewards of their public funds.