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Colin Powers reflects on PBS programming for the Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, & Quebec, public broadcasting, and the future of media distribution.

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Bill Moyers returns to public television with some sharp words of warning for pub TV

January 7th, 2012 · No Comments · Educational Programming, Future of public media, Journalism, PBS, Public Media

Bill Moyers in the New York Times today. …Mr. Moyers noted, [that] PBS announced an additional version of “Antiques Roadshow” just a few weeks after the Census Bureau released figures showing the number of people living in poverty had risen to more than 46 million. Moyers also points out the lack of concerted vision and [...]

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Mitt Romney Claims He’ll Cut Off Funding for PBS

January 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Education, Future of public media, News, PBS

“We’re not going to kill Big Bird,” Romney said. “But Big Bird is going to have advertisements. Alright?” via hollywoodreporter.com  

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Buckle up: Traditional TV is in for a heck of a ride

November 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Digital Television, Future of public media

Good overview on where media may be headed. “MSO” refers to multiple system operators, the big cable companies. The first wave of commercialization on the Internet had a tremendous impact on our lives and has disrupted most — if not all — industry value chains. The print industry was in the eye of the storm, [...]

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Lance Weiler is bringing a transmedia education project to Montreal

September 9th, 2011 · No Comments · Educational Programming, Filmmaking, Fun Stuff, Future of public media, Multi-media

Forty children and two teachers on different sides of the continent will work together this fall to produce stories and artwork about a robot. These artifacts will board a commercial rocket and, through an actual space launch, make their way to the International Space Station. The “dean” of transmedia is taking transmedia storytelling in some [...]

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KCET-TV in $50-million deal for new local shows

August 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Educational Programming, Future of public media, Journalism, Local stories, News, PBS, Public Media

Much of the PBS system is watching KCET closely to see how it fares without the PBS “icon” series shows to keep an audience. While cutting deals like this one makes headlines, taking a look at the daily program schedule leaves me really underwhelmed with the offerings. Five hours of cooking shows each weekday? Still, [...]

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“Rules of Engagement,” – a critical change of mindset for pubmedia

August 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Future of public media, Journalism, Local stories, News, PBS, Public Affairs, Public Media

“We had to learn — and we have to keep reminding ourselves — to start by listening to the community and sometimes leave the camera at home,” said Nashville Public Television President Beth Curley about the station’s Next Door Neighbors project. Pictured: scene from Next Door Neighbors program about the city’s Somali refugees. Rules of [...]

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Citizen journalism at its finest

April 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Documentary, Filmmaking, Future of public media, Journalism, Local stories, Multi-media, News, Resources

This short video was created by a first-time producer/shooter/editor who took one of RosenblumTV’s video journalism courses. It’s got story, pacing, music, humor and great cinematography. According to Rosenblum the student had “never touched a camera or an edit before” in her life. A little training, some lightweight equipment and some desire can create great [...]

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PBS needs to settle into “the gig economy,” 2011

February 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Future of public media, PBS, Public Media, Uncategorized

Trina Cutter has outlined an agile business model for PBS stations that needs to be seriously embraced by stations facing budget shortfalls, increased expectations and younger workers with different workplace expectations. Even stations such as ours (Mountain Lake PBS) that still operate with full-time staffers can adopt a “gig economy” mindset. (This article is abridged [...]

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Joe Berlinger’s case yields preliminary “wins” for both sides

July 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Documentary, Future of public media, Journalism, News, Public Affairs, Public Media

Both sides have claimed early victories in the case of documentarian Joe Berlinger vs. Chevron over access to the raw footage he shot for his expose “Crude” on Amazonian oil exploitation. I’ve blogged about the case and the filmmaking community reaction here. On Thursday, the appeals judge ruled that Berlinger must turn over Crude footage [...]

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Appeals Court Hammers the FCC on inconsistent indecency rulings

July 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Future of public media, PBS, Public Affairs, Public Media

Today the States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision that found the the FCC’s 2006 decision to punish broadcasters for Cher and Nicole Richie’s “fleeting expletives” was based on vague and inconsistent standards. It is likely that this decision and possibly the upcoming decision on Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” in the [...]

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