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July 16, 2020

Look at Giving Trends Before the Pandemic to Guide Your Fundraising Strategies

We can use learnings from the last recession to guide our decisions as we navigate the changing fundraising landscape. What we know is that during times of economic strife, giving contracts, naturally. People don’t necessarily become less generous, but they have less to give. This will most greatly impact areas of “expansion” giving: new donor acquisition and donor upgrading. 
July 15, 2020

New Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Special, Created in Response to COVID-19, Premieres August 17 on PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS announced a new special and episodes of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood beginning Monday, August 17. Preschoolers and their families from neighborhoods across the country can hop on Trolley and “ride along” with Daniel Tiger, his family, and friends for a brand-new season of exploring big feelings, learning, and having fun. The top-rated, Emmy-winning series from Fred Rogers Productions will premiere on PBS stations nationwide, the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, and PBS KIDS digital platforms. The new season of the hit show kicks off with “Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Won’t You Sing Along with Me?,” a timely, music-filled special that helps address some of the challenges and disappointments “little tigers” and their families may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 8, 2020

Remote Employee Expenses: Staying Compliant With State, Federal Regs

Reimbursing remote employees for business expenses is complicated, considering that some states have passed laws requiring employers to pay for certain expenses. “It’s tricky, but it largely depends on the state you live in,” says Michelman & Robinson Labor Attorney Lara Shotz. Several states, including California, Minnesota, and South Dakota, have laws that require work-related expense reimbursements.
July 7, 2020

Newsrooms ramp up audience engagement tactics for coronavirus coverage

Newsrooms that leaned into audience engagement strategies during the fast-evolving coronavirus health crisis have found new ways to connect with audiences and ensure that their coverage is addressing community needs.
July 2, 2020

PMBA Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

June 30, 2020

And Now, A Public Media Bond Program

Public Media Company is rolling out a Public Media Bond Program for public media organizations to leverage their assets for capital projects. The new national bond program provides public broadcasting entities with access to taxable and tax-exempt bonds to finance their capital improvement projects through the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority (CECFA). 
June 23, 2020

Pandemic forces pubmedia’s interns to adjust to remote work, unsettled job market

Early-career journalists are facing hurdles in gaining valuable experience in public media amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as employers suspend internships, juggle beats and shift to working from home. 
June 23, 2020

How to Make the Right Hiring Decision

Having an open position to fill can be equal parts exciting and stressful for managers. Hiring a new employee can be an opportunity to bring new energy to the team, but it can also bring turmoil if the wrong person is hired, said Mary Olson-Menzel, president and founder of MVP Executive Search and Development in New York City. Nearly 3 in 4 employers (74 percent) said they've hired the wrong person for a position, according to a CareerBuilder survey. 
June 22, 2020

Jacquie Gales Webb Named CPB Vice President, Radio

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has named Jacquie Gales Webb as Vice President, Radio, effective immediately. She is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to strengthen the ability of public radio stations to create high-quality, multiplatform content and to grow their audiences.  
June 10, 2020

Public Radio Stations Receive Google Grants

Current confirmed that WJFF and at least four other stations received grants from Google’s Journalism Emergency Relief Fund for small and medium-sized newsrooms. Google opened the fund in April to assist local newsrooms that produce original local news and employ between two and 100 full-time journalists.