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October 3, 2019

LinkedIn introduces assessment tool to test job seekers' skills

By HR Dive LinkedIn has announced a new skills assessment tool that allows job seekers to find out how proficient they are in their area of specialty. LinkedIn Skill Assessments validates job seekers’ proficiency and marks their profile so they’ll stand out to recruiters. 
September 24, 2019

How to experiment with local TV news: It’s really about choosing your own adventure

By NiemanLab Choose Your Own Adventure books were a big hit. But what about choose your news?This isn’t quite personalizing algorithms on a news site’s homepage or platforms surfacing different items in your feed. One local TV station let its followers decide the stories shown on its evening newscast. It used GroundSource to collect story ideas over SMS from viewers two weeks in advance and polling Twitter followers hours before the show began over which topics they wanted to watch. (“An experimental community” beat “oil on Native lands” and “emissions and ride-sharing,” this time.) The unchosen content still was available online for viewers to see.Netflix has done a similar experiment — and was sued by the Choose Your Own Adventure series publisher — with interactive content, allowing viewers to pick the next step in the show, and plans to do much more. For Cronkite News on Arizona PBS, this was one night of several experiments.
August 28, 2019

Employee experience may play role in raising productivity, reducing turnover

By HR Dive Enhancing employee experience — not just engagement — leads to higher productivity and lower turnover, according to research by coaching platform BetterUp. The company's Employee Experience Index of 17,000 workers found employees who scored highly on the index had 28% higher productivity, 37% fewer turnover intentions and 59% higher job satisfaction rises compared to their peers.
August 21, 2019

Media Companies Pay $600,000 in Civil Penalties for EAS Misuse

By Radio World Misuse of the codes associated with the nation’s emergency alert system can lead to hefty fines — just ask Meruelo Radio Holdings, ABC, AMC and Discovery, who agreed to a series of civil consent decrees ranging from $67,000 to $395,000.Last week the commission announced it had reached significant financial settlements with a radio group owner, TV broadcaster and a cable TV network for using actual or simulated EAS tones during a broadcast. FCC rules prohibit broadcasting of EAS tones except during an actual emergency, test or public service announcements, and this includes simulations of those tones.
August 13, 2019

These 9 Creative Interview Questions Evoke Crucial Insights About Any Job Applicant. (Ask Them Before You Make an Offer You'll Regret)

By Inc. Recently, I wrote about some of the best interview questions that has featured over the years. And I asked readers who had other suggestions to let me know about them.Wow, did you ever deliver. Today, we'll begin sharing some of the replies, starting with nine of the more unusual interview questions -- creative ideas that elicit insights, while being offbeat enough that applicants probably won't show up for job interviews with stock answers.  Feel free to use these questions as they are. But perhaps even better, use them as a jumping-off point to come up with your own creative questions. 
August 9, 2019

What Is HR’s Ethical Responsibility in the Digital Transformation Age?

By SHRM Company executives are eager to supercharge their decision-making process with technology that helps them process massive amounts of data. Keeping a strong focus on company values and ethics when gathering, using and disseminating that data can be critical to the organization's success. As companies embrace new tools that drive efficiency, cut costs and improve the delivery of products and services to customers, human resources managers recognize that the growing amount of sensitive data available requires the data to be collected, managed and used in a way that is consistent with company values and adheres to legal and regulatory requirements.  Additionally, software that closely monitors employees' daily activities challenges HR managers who are trying to build a good employee experience. 
August 8, 2019

At a time when local information is needed, FCC vote endangers public-access stations

By Current  The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines Thursday to change long-standing guidelines related to cable franchising fees. The modifications detrimentally affect one of educational media’s great unsung heroes, Public, Educational and Government access television and radio stations nationwide. At issue for many communities are what may be, to the average consumer, little-known regulations from the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984. That legislation limited what cities can bill cable companies for local access to 5% of gross revenues on cable bills. Cities then use that money to support their local PEG stations. 
August 1, 2019

Where Does Burnout Come From?

By SHRM  Burnout is classically seen in three factors: exhaustion, cynicism, and lack of personal effectiveness. Of these three components, which are candidates to cause burnout? In other words, which came first: the proverbial chicken or the egg?Teasing out causality is notoriously hard in research circles. Indicating correlation—that two things tend to occur together—is statistically straightforward. Causation requires the introduction of time as an isolating variable, and, given the constraints of research grants, that can be challenging.However, much like the proofs that we all hated in our geometry class, we can evaluate each of the criteria to evaluate whether it's a reasonable candidate to cause the condition. 
July 31, 2019

FCC Revises Children’s Programming Rules for Broadcasters

By VarietyThe FCC on Wednesday voted to revise some of the obligations that broadcast TV stations have to carry informational and educational programming for children.The changes, adopted on a 3-2 vote, reflect the push by broadcasters to loosen the obligations established under the landmark Children’s Television Act in 1990, which established a detailed set of regulations that broadcasters have to comply with in order to retain their licenses from the FCC. The FCC also issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to study other adjustments — what FCC described as effort to “modernize” — to the rules.
July 30, 2019

New Member Benefit- Job Description Tool

Have you checked out PMBA's newest member benefit--the Job Description Tool? This online tool allows you to find templated descriptions for positions at your station, and you'll be able to sort by station size and job type. Job descriptions that you'll find include Accounting Technician, Annual Fund Director, Business Manager, Chief Content Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Education, General Manager, Grants Director, Media, Sponsorship, and Events Coordinator, News Director, Reporter, Television Program Manager, and many more! If you have a job description template that you would like to contribute to this database, please email us. Note: This is the final week non-members will be able to access this tool. Join PMBA today for access to this and all other member benefits. PMBA is the “go-to” trade association serving the business needs of public media, focused on delivering programs and services that enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and economics of public media. Our services, resources, and partnerships help you advance the business needs of your station.