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PBS Creates One-Stop Election Website

In addition to offering in-depth reporting by PBS NEWSHOUR, WASHINGTON WEEK and FRONTLINE, as well as several special programs, PBS created a one-stop website, where viewers can access all election-related programming and information, including the transition plan of President-Elect Joe Biden. A special shout-out to our colleagues in GA Programming, Digital & Marketing and across the organization for their extraordinary contributions.

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Rhode Island PBS Adds News Show

As the footprint of legacy news outlets shrinks, the latest example of public media stepping in with news and public affairs programming is Rhode Island PBS. The new show, “Rhode Island PBS Weekly,” will fill the 7 p.m. slot, The Boston Globe reports.

PBS Public Editor’s Take:

While the Northeast Corridor may not look like a news desert (see ‘News Deserts’ below) the evolution of public media into the news space is a welcome overall trend.

Yamiche Alcindor Awarded NABJ ‘Journalist of the Year’

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) awarded PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, its 2020 “Journalist of the Year” honor, reports Essence.

PBS Names Chief Programming Exec for General Audiences

PBS has elevated Sylvia Bugg to chief programming executive and GM, general audience programming. She will oversee all non-children’s content and lead PBS’s programming strategy across its broadcast and digital platforms, reports RealScreen.

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.

...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. ...