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Archive: 2017-2014

A Farewell to Viewers, and Readers, Like You

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Bye-Bye

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Will PBS Be a Victim of ‘Dying to be a Martyr’?

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An old teaching plan revives an even older controversy.

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Some (Almost) Closing Thoughts

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Some thoughts about an old “great war” and a new not-so-great one.

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The Mailbag: When Interview Subjects Can Be Seen as Stereotypes

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Viewers call attention to how interview choices can be interpreted in different ways.

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The Mailbag: When to Quiet Down and When Not to

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A brawl on the NewsHour? What is the world coming to?

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A Trivial But Disturbing (To Me) Technique

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When older segments reappear, "encore report" and "second look" don’t do it for me.

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‘The Press’ Is Doing Its Job

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An old bumper sticker may still tell us something.

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The Mailbag: Viewers Like You and Guests Like Him

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Another Trump official riles up NewsHour viewers

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The Mailbag: Good Ideas, But…

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Two timely NewsHour segments get some mixed reviews.

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The Mailbag: Smiley and Guest Draw Strong Criticism

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A critical view of Israeli history and policy by a guest brings criticism of the guest and Tavis Smiley.

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Public Broadcasting in the News

 

Jim Lehrer Dies

The Washington Post looks at the life of PBS NewsHour’s legendary co-founder and longtime anchor. Lehrer was dubbed the ‘dean of moderators’ for presiding over 12 presidential debates.  

Cloud Fix

Programmers are working to fix problems that surfaced during the rollout of PBS’ sIX interconnection system, which is supposed to let stations pluck programs from the cloud. The cloud-based system automatically locked some episodes that were supposed to be made available, reports Current.

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. ...