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May 19, 2021

Congress Proposes Panel To Study State Of Local News

The state of local news continues to have the attention of Congress where a bill has been introduced that would create a 13-member commission to examine and report on the factors contributing to the “demise” of local journalism and what policies and proposals could be embraced to “reinvigorate” local news.
May 17, 2021

Report Finds Shift in Giving Trends, Definition of Philanthropy

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated certain trends in giving, including increased use of digital giving tools and a shift in the causes donors see as important, a study from Fidelity Charitable finds.
May 10, 2021

How to Stop Perpetuating ‘Ghosting’ Culture

The practice of "ghosting"—severing all communication with someone without any explanation or warning—has become common during job interviews. It happens on both ends of the relationship; sometimes the prospective employer ghosts the job candidate, while other times the candidate pulls a disappearing act. While it's typically done to avoid confrontation, it can lead to bigger problems.
May 6, 2021

New FCC Rules Spare Pubcasters from Foreign Sponsorship Disclosures

Public broadcasters are welcoming the FCC’s decision to rein in new rules governing foreign sponsorship of radio and TV broadcasts, which system leaders feared could be too burdensome for producers and stations. In a Report and Order released April 22, the FCC specified that its requirements for identifying program sponsorship by foreign governments will apply only to broadcasters that lease airtime to governmental entities. That largely excludes public broadcasters.
April 28, 2021

Restructuring Your Organization Post-Pandemic? Maintain DE&I Commitments

As organizations prepare for a post-pandemic world, restructuring and reorganization to account for lost revenue in 2020 likely will be on the radar for many in 2021. Employers should be careful, though, not to backtrack on progress made last year toward diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I).
April 27, 2021

SBE Issues Guidance About RWT Failure

The Society of Broadcast Engineers has issued helpful guidance to stations about what to do in light of the failure of an IPAWS Required Weekly Test on Monday.
April 26, 2021

To Create Space for Great Ideas to Blossom, Set Aside 10% of Your Work Week

To build a culture that enables your staff to embrace a 21st-century vision for public radio, one of the most important things you can do is block off 10% of your weekly schedule to do “nothing.” As a station leader, or even a mid-level manager, you can take that 10% time a number of ways: one afternoon a week, two blocks of two hours, or an hour a day four days—whatever. But it’s critical that this time be sacred. It can’t be canceled, scheduled over, or blown off. 
April 16, 2021

Post-COVID Workplace Realities—and What HR Can Do Now

Employees have changed. Management has changed. Work has changed. Now it’s time to adapt to the post-COVID workplace realities. How, where and why we work are different than before the coronavirus. Here’s what researchers and experts found – and how HR can proactively manage the new workplace realities.
April 14, 2021

Sources: FEMA Plans To Bring Back National EAS Test This Summer

One year after the pandemic sidelined the now-annual national test of the Emergency Alert System, the Federal Emergency Management Agency expects to return to form this summer. Sources say FEMA is tentatively planning to conduct the national EAS test on Wednesday, Aug. 11 with a backup date of Wednesday, Aug. 25 to be used if any unforeseen circumstances – such as a hurricane – requires a two-week delay.
April 8, 2021

CPB Funds COVID-19 PSAs for Tribal and HBCU Public Radio Stations

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded more than $300,000 to Native Public Media and to KTSU-FM, a public radio station licensed to a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), to coordinate COVID-19 public outreach campaigns to 51 public radio stations serving Native and Black communities. The campaigns, airing on 36 tribal stations and 15 stations licensed to HBCUs, will provide trusted, life-saving information to populations that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.