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July 31, 2020

NPR, Advocacy Group Call on Congress to Give University Stations Access to PPP

NPR and the University Station Alliance are leading an effort to convince Congress to extend the Paycheck Protection Program to public media stations licensed to universities.
July 30, 2020

New COVID-19 Screening Rules: What’s Allowed, Who’s Paying

As employers grapple with how to screen employees for the coronavirus upon returning to the workplace, several federal agencies have issued new testing rules and guidance. 
July 21, 2020

Labor Department Issues More Coronavirus-Related Workplace Guidance

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued more guidance for workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities under federal leave and wage and hour laws.
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.