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How Finding and Supporting Real News Is Like Voting

We are not powerless against misinformation or the manipulation of our news choices. As consumers, we have the ultimate defense: credible news. We can find real news, follow it and support it.

The good options are growing. We’re entering a golden age of grassroots, public service journalism. More than 300 nonprofit, nonpartisan news sites cover the U.S., beholden to no one but the people they report for, responsible for public service rather than profit. READ MORE AT INN...

Text to Speech Is the Audio Opportunity No One's Talking About

Audio articles are making quite a noise in publishing. Podcasting may be hogging the headlines. But creating features and news that your audience can listen to is an audio opportunity that should not be ignored.

While offering articles in an audible format is nothing new, this type of content is currently enjoying a massive boom, as time-strapped audiences look for convenient ways to consume online media. READ MORE...

Pipeline 2021: Current's Annual Survey of Shows Coming to Public TV

Programs coming to public TV next year include "Stateless," "Down a Dark Stairwell," "London's New Year's Day Celebration 2021," "A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem," "Los Hermanos/The Brothers."

The list includes limited series and specials from PBS signature series, independent filmmakers and distributors, minority consortia and public TV stations. READ MORE AT CURRENT...

How Newsmatch Makes a Difference for Nonprofit Newsrooms Around the Country

While business models for newspapers deteriorate and many local news outlets continue to struggle to cover their communities, the rise of nonprofit news has been astonishing. These outlets have picked up the slack with growing numbers of local reporters covering hard-hitting topics, especially during the pandemic and unprecedented racial protests and unrest.

As these upstarts grow, they have also become less dependent on foundations for revenues, instead raising more money directly from their audiences. The latest INN Index from the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) found that for the first time a majority of INN members received less than half their revenues from foundations. “Nonprofits are continuing to diversify their revenue sources, particularly by tapping into individual giving,” the report found. READ MORE AT KNIGHT FOUNDATION...

‘Code Switch,’ ‘Throughline’ Podcasts Will Join NPR’s Radio Portfolio

NPR will begin offering stations radio versions of its podcasts Code Switch and Throughline beginning next year.

“As NPR continues to prioritize our efforts to reflect and serve all communities, we believe both shows will tell some of our nation’s most important stories and provide programming for your audiences that is relevant and engaging,” NPR’s Andrew Haden, senior manager for business partners, told station programmers. READ MORE AT CURRENT...

One Fifth of U.S Homes Have Subscription Streaming but No Pay TV

U.S. TV consumption has crossed an important threshold, with households more likely to rely on only streaming than exclusively use pay TV.

According to the latest Leichtman Research Group’s report, 20% of U.S. homes pay for at least one subscription VOD streaming service but not a pay TV platform. Conversely, only 14% of U.S. homes pay for a cable, satellite or telco channel bundle, but don’t have an SVOD service. READ MORE AT NEXT TV...

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