Public media must do more for its employees’ professional development, writes Deanna Martin Mackey in Current. Mackey is president and executive director of Public Television Major Market Group, a consortium of the nation’s 40 of the nation’s largest public TV stations by market size.
"Beecham House, a lavish costume drama set in India, will lead a new Masterpiece strategy to convert drama fans into members through PBS Passport, the streaming service for station donors," reports Current.
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. ...