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June 14, 2013

Taxwise Charitable Giving On Auto-Pilot

Do you have annual solicitations from your favorite charities piling up in your in-box? There’s a solution that can help declutter your life and is a boon to the charities: scheduling recurring charitable gifts. This doesn’t mean just breaking up your $120 donation into 12 monthly $10 gifts, but rather authorizing gifts on a recurring basis—until you cancel. It’s like having your electric bill automatically drafted out of your bank account each month.
June 10, 2013

Gains, Losses Spread Unevenly Across Pubcasting Stations

Reductions in tax-based support for pubcasting have shortened the financial gap between public television and radio stations, accelerating public TV’s decade-long financial decline and demonstrating resilience within segments of the public radio system. Taken as a whole, public TV stations lost more than $142 million in revenues from 2011 to 2012, according to CPB’s latest report on the financial health of public stations.
May 13, 2013

12,500 Hours of Reading Emails, Every Month

At our Radboud University Medical Center (RUMC), we send out some 750,000* e-mails every month. Monthly we send these from our approximately 18,000 email addresses. Conversely, a monthly average of 1.2 million* e-mails are being sent to ús.
May 10, 2013

Why Email Newsletters Won't Die

Paul Berry is trying to build the news engine of the future, but, like many online media pioneers, he’s finding he just can’t escape the grubby format first used more than 40 years ago, e-mail.
May 3, 2013

Secret to Success: Feeling Cash-Strapped (Even When You're Really Not)

Want to grow your venture? Why you should make like you're out of funds, even if you're not.
May 2, 2013

NET Selects Leonard to Replace Longtime Station Head Bates

Congrats to PMBA Board member Mark Leonard on becoming the new GM and CEO of NET in Lincoln, Nebraska.
May 2, 2013

Blog by FCC Nominee Suggests Wheeler May Favor Wireless Over Broadcast

 Is Tom Wheeler, President Obama’s nominee to head the FCC, “a wireless guy” who looks down on over-the-air broadcasting? TVNewsCheck perused Wheeler’s blog, titled Mobile Musings, and found some evidence to that effect.
April 29, 2013

Mary Mitchelson Appointed Inspector General for CPB

 The Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announced it has named Mary Mitchelson as the new CPB Inspector General, replacing Kenneth Konz, who retired on May 3. As Inspector General, Mitchelson will be responsible for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness, as well as preventing fraud, waste, and mismanagement in CPB programs and operations, through an independent audit and investigative program that covers CPB’s internal operations and external grantees. Mitchelson will begin as CPB Inspector General on June 3, 2013.
April 24, 2013

CPB Accepts Policy Revamp Proposal from Radio CSG Panel; First Changes since 2005

The CPB Board on April 22 unanimously approved changes to its Radio Community Service Grants program for fiscal 2014, including phased-in hikes in nonfederal financial support (NFFS) requirements for most stations, pubradio’s first transparency requirements, qualification changes for minority-status stations and $9 million in financial incentives over five years for mergers and collaborations.
April 24, 2013

As Its Influence Grows, Twitter Becomes a Hacking Target

In recent weeks, the Associated Press, NPR and the BBC have all had their Twitter accounts hijacked. Hacks of high-profile accounts have real-world consequences, and the security at Twitter is coming under increased scrutiny. As the social media platform has become an essential news and communication platform globally, it has also become a honey pot for hackers. It's so deliciously attractive, they can't seem to resist.