Public Broadcasting in the News
This Is the Test of the Public Broadcast System
Julie Drizin, executive director of Current, argues public media provides a lot of bang for the buck, given its modest share of the $2 trillion rescue package the Senate passed last night.
The Arizona Republic reports former Arizona lawmaker Chris Herstam apologized after being criticized for saying during an appearance on Arizona PBS that legislators and governor should be shot if they do not allow counties to run elections by mail this year.
For five decades, Americans have been able to turn to Sesame Street for help with life’s most basic challenges, including getting along with each other in difficult times. AV Club calls the show “the nation’s most helpful institution.” Sesame Workshop hosts a new lineup of programming and web resources to “help parents provide comfort and manage anxiety” and stay healthy throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Read its statement here.
Do you live in a ‘news desert’? The University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism looks at the growing gaps in news coverage left by the closures of local newspapers around the country.
Against the growing phenomena of news deserts in the United States – areas where local news outlets have failed or have been gutted by the loss of ad revenue – PBS is being called upon to act. One suggested remedy is overhauling the way the Corporation for Public Broadcasting issues grants for public affairs programming, from a Washington, DC -based metric to spending decided by local news producers. ...