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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.
December 2, 2013

Revised CPB policy could lead to ‘significant’ penalties for noncompliance

As more local pubcasters fall out of compliance with CPB’s rules for transparency and open meetings, they put themselves at risk of new financial penalties from the corporation’s Inspector General.Under a policy that took effect early this year, the IG has more flexibility to recommend fines for station grantees that don’t meet CPB’s standards for releasing financial records, for example, or for providing adequate notice of board meetings.- See more at: http://www.current.org/2013/11/revised-cpb-policy-could-lead-to-signific...As more local pubcasters fall out of compliance with CPB’s rules for transparency and open meetings, they put themselves at risk of new financial penalties from the corporation’s Inspector General.Under a policy that took effect early this year, the IG has more flexibility to recommend fines for station grantees that don’t meet CPB’s standards for releasing financial records, for example, or for providing adequate notice of board meetings.- See more at: http://www.current.org/2013/11/revised-cpb-policy-could-lead-to-signific...As more local pubcasters fall out of compliance with CPB’s rules for transparency and open meetings, they put themselves at risk of new financial penalties from the corporation’s Inspector General.Under a policy that took effect early this year, the IG has more flexibility to recommend fines for station grantees that don’t meet CPB’s standards for releasing financial records, for example, or for providing adequate notice of board meetings.- See more at: http://www.current.org/2013/11/revised-cpb-policy-could-lead-to-signific...As more local pubcasters fall out of compliance with CPB’s rules for transparency and open meetings, they put themselves at risk of new financial penalties from the corporation’s Inspector General.Under a policy that took effect early this year, the IG has more flexibility to recommend fines for station grantees that don’t meet CPB’s standards for releasing financial records, for example, or for providing adequate notice of board meetings.- See more at: http://www.current.org/2013/11/revised-cpb-policy-could-lead-to-signific...As more local pubcasters fall out of compliance with CPB's rules for transparency and open meetings, they put themselves at risk of new financial penalties from the corporation's Inspector General. Under a policy that took effect early this year, the IG has more flexibility to recommend fines for station grantees that don't meet CPB’s standards for releasing financial records, for example, or for providing adequate notice of board meetings.
November 19, 2013

Traditional media revs to remain steady, newspapers digital revs will rise

Local media is expected to grow at a faster rate than previously estimated over the next five years — but overall still at low single-digit percentage increases. BIA/Kelsey sees local media climbing 2.8 percent to $151.5 billion by 2017. It projects 2013 levels to be at $132.9 billion. Traditional media — TV, newspapers, outdoor — will remain essentially flat for the next five years, getting to $107 billion in 2017 from $106.4 billion in 2013 — just a 0.1 percent growth rate over that time span.
November 19, 2013

Translating between finance and benefits: Becoming an employer of choice

CFOs are generally known for their ability to understand their company's strategic vision and marry that vision with its long-term financial plan. However, as it relates to health care, as soon as the word "benefits" enters the conversation, many CFOs shift decision making over to HR. Meanwhile, their HR colleagues often focus on the short-term, aiming to execute on plans built for the next one to two years.
November 18, 2013

New features in ADP Procure-to-Pay help streamline payables

Payroll and human resources provider ADP has added new features to the electronic invoicing functions in its its ADP Procure-to-Pay Solutions platform, which are geared toward boosting productivity for midsized and large businesses. The enhancements include the extension of existing invoice collaboration tools, improved visibility and access to accounts payable data, more advanced coding capabilities and a mobile application. 

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