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August 19, 2015

Pubmedia Women in Leadership Webinar

Register today for the Pubmedia Women in Leadership's Webinar on Finances for Leaders, featuring PMBA Board Members Esperanza Flury, WXPN, and Vince Petronzio, KPBS. These money-savvy speakers will provide a high-level view of what you need to know (and what you don’t) about the financials of a public media organization, and where to find information when you need it.
July 22, 2015

Tech Is Changing the Way We Get Our News and It's Not Stopping

Because of advances in technology, people now expect to receive their news in real time.
July 22, 2015

Survey finds slight decline in diversity of TV and radio workforces

An annual survey by the Radio Television Digital News Association found level growth in the number of people of color working in television and a slight decline in radio station newsrooms.
July 15, 2015

Conflict Happens: When to Shake the Dust Off and When to Address the Problem

One of the hardest decisions you will face in business is knowing how to handle conflict with another employee. There are times when you should just ignore a grievance...and times when it's much better to deal with the problem head on and seek resolution.
July 13, 2015

New models for public media membership: Melody Kramer’s Nieman report

Last summer, public media consultant Mark Fuerst interviewed 40 front-line development professionals at public media stations. Fuerst noted that the people he interviewed expressed concerns about the continued effectiveness of their ability to raise money over time. Two-thirds of the membership directors at radio-only licensees reported that both incoming pledge drive calls and online pledge had declined. Six of the 15 radio-only licensees reported a decline of over 10 percent.
July 8, 2015

Reorganization at KPBS

KPBS in San Diego is undergoing a reorganization of its executive ranks in anticipation of the departure of its chief operating officer. Now, four associate general managers, including PBMA Board member Vince Petronzio, assume expanded responsibilities.
June 25, 2015

House Appropriations Committee approves $445M for CPB

The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved Wednesday $445 million in funding for CPB, but the bill lacks earmarked funding for PBS’s Ready to Learn project, as well as a proposed $40 million for the network’s planned V6 Interconnection project.
June 24, 2015

Metric of the Month: Accounts Payable Process Cost

Benchmarking surveys help CFOs to understand how their various finance processes compare to other organizations in terms of cost-efficiency, labor productivity, activity speed, and error rates. A look at the results of APQC’s survey on accounts payable (AP) process productivity suggests that there is a strong case to be made for investing in electronic invoice presentment, processing, and payment (EIPP) technologies.
June 18, 2015

How to Be the Kind of Influential Leader That You Would Like to Follow

Leadership is not about titles. Leadership doesn't necessarily imply having a position at the highest executive level within a company, or being the boss. There are any many types of leadership, and they can occur at any level in your organization. However, the essence of leadership is influence. Thus, you can lead from where you are, which requires doing more than your regular job.
June 17, 2015

FCC to provide spectrum bids to stations by September, CPB Board hears

Television stations should receive final opening bids for their spectrum from the FCC in early September, the CPB Board heard at its meeting. Stations have 60 days from receiving the bid to declare whether they will participate in the auction, set for mid-2016. Howard Symons, vice chair of the FCC’s incentive auction task force, conducted a meeting on spectrum issues for broadcasters June 8 in Chicago.