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9 Trends That Will Shape Work in 2021 and Beyond

It’s fair to say that 2020 rocked many organizations and business models, upending priorities and plans as business leaders scrambled to navigate a rapidly changing environment. For many organizations this included responding to the social justice movements, shifting to a full-time remote staff, determining how best to support employees’ wellbeing, managing a hybrid workforce, and now addressing legal concerns around the Covid-19 vaccine.

It would be nice to believe that 2021 will be about stability and getting back to normal; however, this year is likely to be another full of major transitions. While there has been a lot of focus on the increase in the number of employees working remotely at least part of the time going forward, there are nine additional forces that may shape business in 2021. READ MORE AT HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW...

Public Media Mergers Playbook Launched

The new Public Media Mergers Playbooks offers newsrooms insight into collaborations between public radio stations and digital news outlets.

“In turbulent financial times for digital news and in the midst of increasing pressure to deliver high-quality local journalism, the marriage of public stations and digital newsrooms can boost the sustainability of both entities by growing the audience and the service. READ MORE AT SHORENSTEIN CENTER...

PLUS: READ THE PLAYBOOK

Opening Up the Tributaries at Cascade Public Media

Celebrating the 5-year anniversary of Cascade Public Media, which was created through the merger of Seattle’s 60-year-old PBS station and the much newer digital news outlet Crosscut. The 32-person nonprofit newsroom is dedicated to in-depth reporting and analysis on the region’s most pressing issues, particularly those affecting marginalized communities. READ MORE AT MEDIUM...

CES 2021: Stage Set for NextGen TV Inflection Point

According to CTA data gathered for its biannual industry forecast published in January and July, NextGen TV shipments in the U.S. will approach 25 million units by the end of 2024, Koenig said, adding that an aggressive rollout of ATSC 3.0 by broadcasters could encourage TV manufacturers to hasten their launch plans for NextGen TV models. READ MORE AT TV TECHNOLOGY...

Statewide Collaboration COLab’s "On Edge" Series

No one is a stranger to the stress of the past year — but how are these stressors affecting public health on the macro level? COLab’s On Edge series is a statewide collaboration on how 2020’s confluence of crises has tested Coloradans’ mental health. READ MORE COLAB...

Southern California Public Radio Receives $500,000 CPB Grant for Podcast Studio

CPB has awarded Southern California Public Radio a two-year grant of $500,000 to help the organization grow LAist Studios, its podcast division.

“Southern California Public Radio has a proven record of producing engaging, on-demand programming,” said Kathy Merritt, CPB SVP for radio, journalism and CSG services, in a news release. “CPB is pleased to support their efforts to build on that record to reflect the rich cultural landscape of Los Angeles and engage with audiences seeking connection, information, and entertainment.” READ MORE AT CURRENT...

Public Media Owners Agree To Sell Pocket Casts Podcast Platform

The public broadcasters who own Pocket Casts are selling the podcast platform, less than a year after it was declared public media’s “answer to Spotify.”

A board made up of representatives of Pocket Casts’ owners — NPR, New York Public Radio, Chicago Public Media and BBC Studios Americas — agreed in December to sell the platform, according to NPR’s latest audited financial report. READ MORE AT CURRENT...

PLUS: APPLE PLANS PODCASTING SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE IN THREAT TO SPOTIFY

NPR’s Story Lab Workshop Application Deadline Extended

NPR’s Story Lab Workshop is open for another round of applications. Over the last five years, Story Lab has supported dozens of teams from across the country with direct mentorship, targeted training and partnership opportunities. This year, Story Lab is accepting applications from NPR Member stations, independent producers and NPR staff. They're looking for ambitious podcasts, special series, and other long-form audio projects that exhibit high-impact journalism and creative storytelling. The deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. READ MORE AT NPR...