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Voice of America CEO Michael Pack Resigns at Biden’s Request

Trump appointee Michael Pack, head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media and CEO of Voice of America for a turbulent seven months, has resigned at the request of President Joseph Biden, NPR reports.

Happy New Year: The Things Public Media Should Rethink in 2021

Andrew Ramsammy writes in Current about the 10 things public media should “forget and reconsider” in the coming year.

Jonathan Capehart to Join David Brooks on PBS NewsHour

MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart will join New York Times columnist David Brooks on PBS NewsHour, succeeding Mark Shields as the new contributor for the Friday discussion segment Brooks and Shields, reports TVNewser. Shields announced in December he would step down after 30 years on the show.

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. ...