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Public Broadcasting in the News

Ex-Grad School Dean Wonders if Journalism Community Went Easy on Brooks

Berkeley Journalism scholar Edward Wasserman weighs in on New York Times columnist and PBS NewsHour commentator David Brooks’ relationship with the Aspen Institute during a time when he was writing about one of its initiatives. 

NewsHour to Expand Reporting Capacity In Marginalized Cities

PBS flagship nightly news program The PBS NewsHour will hire six journalists to be based in U.S. cities that traditionally have been ignored or marginalized by news media. The new hires will be done through the launch of The Communities Initiative, a project to expand the scope and reach of news, reports TV Newser

Downing Promoted to President of PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, has promoted Andrea Downing to president, MediaPlay News reports. Downing was previously co-president.  


News Deserts

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.

When Texas Border Town Lost Its Only Paper, Local Start-up Filled Void

When the Southwestern border town of Del Rio, Texas, lost its only newspaper, a local man stepped in with an investment in print, turning his event-oriented website into a news outlet with a print edition. He’s helping fight back against the encroaching edges of a news desert.

...more on 'News Deserts' and what PBS can do about them (older coverage)

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. ...