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June 16, 2015

Joint election coverage from NPR and PBS

At the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board of Directors meeting today, NPR and PBS NewsHour announced an agreement to work together during the 2016 elections. NPR News and PBS NewsHour will cover the 2016 political conventions together: one team of journalists and one broadcast, designed to work for radio and television as well as digital audiences. This joint coverage will seek to leverage the work of journalists in more than 200 public radio newsrooms and PBS stations across the country.
June 10, 2015

Endowments seeking alternatives, ditching fixed income

Financial managers of endowments and foundations have moved away from fixed asset investing to the more lucrative but volatile areas of venture capital and alternatives such as hedge funds, real estate and private equity. The largest danger afoot is being a passive investor, according to Monica Issar, global head, J.P. Morgan Endowments & Foundations Group, and Anthony Werley, the organization's chief investment officer. They highlighted three trends they see developing during an hour-long webinar called "Generating Opportunities in a Volatile Market: Trends in Endowments & Foundations."
June 4, 2015

CPB finds majority of grantees out of compliance with Communications Act requirements

Two-thirds of CPB’s Community Service Grant recipients are noncompliant with at least some provisions of the Communications Act, according to the corporation’s Office of the Inspector General. Since 1999, CPB has audited 83 public radio and TV stations. At the annual Public Media Business Association meeting in Washington, D.C., last week, CPB Deputy Inspector General Bill Richardson said that 56 of the audited stations were noncompliant with at least one of five Communications Act requirements, a rate Richardson said was “pretty high.”
June 2, 2015

Going on Vacation Doesn’t Have to Stress You Out at Work

Vacations are the things that dreams and cruise commercials are made of. Ideally, you come back refreshed, recharged and ready to go. But sometimes, the exact opposite is true. Who among us hasn’t said at some point, usually the day before we leave, “Trying to take this vacation is so stressful, it would have been better not to go at all!” Sometimes vacation stress is unavoidable, but most times it’s manageable if we’re simply more strategic.
June 1, 2015

CPB analysis shows bright spots for public television

Presented at the 2015 PMBA Annual Conference, a CPB “state of the system” analysis of public broadcasting data from 2014 showed some improvements and turnarounds for public television and leveling off in public radio’s recent growth.
May 14, 2015

Forget Time Management; Focus on Stress Management

Time management is for the birds and other lower life-forms. Figure out how to manage your stress instead.
May 11, 2015

Public TV groups seek FCC help for DBS carriage

Two groups representing public and state-run television stations have told the Federal Communications Commission that the agency may have to step in to push satellite-TV providers to provide noncommercial TV networks to more of their subscribers. That came in comments to the FCC, which Congress directed in satellite reauthorization legislation (the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014) to report on the current DMA system of determining access to programming and how it could better foster localism.
April 15, 2015

Does Email Marketing Still Work? 10 Ways to Make It Work for You

Every digital marketer needs the right skills and tools to be successful. So, what can make email marketing more effective? Email marketing only works if you know how to work it. Here are 10 ways to make it work for you.
April 15, 2015

CPB finds room for media innovation in 1967 Public Broadcasting Act

CPB executives say their new legal analysis of the Public Broadcasting Act shows that the statute allows the corporation flexibility to fund media beyond television and radio. At a CPB Board meeting Monday, General Counsel Westwood Smithers Jr. told directors that his reading of the Act shows that CPB “has a lot of flexibility” in allocating discretionary funds, “and the stations have a lot of discretion in the use of their CSG, which is intended primarily for programming.”
April 9, 2015

The Most Common Mistake People Make in Calculating ROI

Your company is ready to make a big purchase — a fleet of cars, a piece of manufacturing equipment, a new computer system. But before anyone writes a check, you need to calculate the return on investment (ROI) by comparing the expected benefits with the costs. Analyzing ROI isn’t always as simple as it sounds and there’s one mistake that many managers make: confusing cash and profit.