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March 13, 2013

Most Important Task You're Ignoring

 Answering emails, putting out fires – those are important.  But one founder suggests something else should take up at least 25% of your day.
March 13, 2013

NPR's Generation Listen Launched at SXSW

 There’s a movement underfoot to gather, connect and bring the younger, intellectually curious types into the NPR community.
March 12, 2013

NPR Wants to Click With Those Who Tweet

 NPR kicks off Generation Listen, a campaign to make public radio cool in the minds and ears of young people. The goal was to convince 20-something listeners that NPR is something that they can belong to — and may be even worth their donations.
March 7, 2013

Paula Kerger, Gary Knell, Patricia Harrison to Open 2013 PMBA Annual Conference

 The 2013 PMBA Annual Conference will kick off with an inspiring opening keynote panel featuring public media’s top leaders:  Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and CEO, CPB; Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO, PBS; and Gary Knell, President and CEO, NPR.  They will discuss the vital impact public media has on all of our lives and outline how CPB, NPR, and PBS are developing innovative methods for public media to thrive in the changing media landscape.
March 5, 2013

CPB Details How Automatic Budget Cuts Will Work, Corporation-Wide

 CPB on Monday sent a memo to public broadcasting stations detailing the 5 percent sequester of its $445 million 2013 appropriation.
February 25, 2013

Patrick Butler's Presidential Address at The 2013 Public Media Summit

February 12, 2013

The Public Publisher: Solving our Media Emergency

The public sector – as it has in Europe and Japan – may be needed to help support competitive, independent public journalism.  Advertising and paid subscriptions aren't enough anymore, and our founding fathers did envision a critical role for the press. Is a new, relatively modest public revenue stream needed to sustain a quality news marketplace? 
February 12, 2013

Self-Insured Health Plans: Good for Small Companies?

More employers are self-funding their health benefits programs, even some with fewer than 100 employees.  Why? Factors include ever-increasing health-care premiums and differing health-coverage mandates from state to state. But perhaps an even bigger reason is general frustration with the fact that insurers generally don’t provide small corporate clients with full claims data on plan participants when presenting pricing for a new plan year. That leaves a company with little negotiating leverage. 
February 11, 2013

Your Job Ads Are Driving Away Talent

If we want to hire sharp people in our organizations, we need to market to them. We can't assume they'll happily crawl over whatever piles of broken glass we put in front of them (online honesty tests, writing tests, three-week Radio Silence zones, terse auto-responders, and the like) in order to work for us. We have to be willing to woo as well as vet them. And we have to put a human voice into our horribly bureaucratic, robotic job listings. 
February 11, 2013

Public Broadcasting Stations are Feeling Funding Pinch

Across the country, public broadcasters find statehouses reluctant to help with the bills for two reasons: There’s simply less money to spare, and Republican-dominated legislatures see the radio and TV stations as too liberal.  “The real question is: Is it a dinosaur that’s dying?” asked state Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican and chairman of the General Government Budget Committee.