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Journalists Face Volatile Media Landscape

The pandemic has been a nightmare for thousands of journalists out of work — and for additional thousands trying to navigate jobs amid fear and uncertainty.

Recent departures, deals, layoffs and restructurings amid the pandemic have journalists questioning whether there's stability anywhere within the industry. READ MORE AT AXIOS...

How Public Media Can Ensure Its Push for Diversity Includes People With Disabilities

Public Media for All Day on Nov. 10 was a day for public media to advance our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals. We celebrated our good work while acknowledging the progress yet to be made. It reminded us that we are privileged to be a part of this national public media team dedicated to ensuring that all voices are heard.

So you can imagine the pain of being marginalized by such a woke group of folks. Nov. 10 left me wondering how people with disabilities remain underrepresented in our leadership, content creation, strategic goals and budgets. READ MORE AT CURRENT... 

PLUS: The Moral Argument for Diversity in Newsrooms Is Also a Business Argument

BTS Fans Are Donating to Public Radio Stations

The day after the K-pop group performed a Tiny Desk concert, its fans are sharing screenshots of their donations.

BTS’s Tiny Desk concert for NPR set a record for online viewership Monday. Later that day, Gabe Rosenberg, the digital news editor for Columbus, Ohio, NPR affiliate WOSU, encouraged the K-pop band’s fans to donate to public radio stations to say thanks. READ MORE AT THE WASHINGTONIAN...

Streaming Becomes Lifeline for Struggling Entertainment Giants

Almost all of the major entertainment giants reorganized their TV and film divisions last quarter around streaming. Those efforts marked the biggest acknowledgment from legacy entertainment behemoths that streaming is the future. READ MORE AT AXIOS...

For Decades, "The State of Things" Has Anchored North Carolina Public Radio. What Does Its Sudden End Signal for WUNC?

The State of Things, an idiosyncratic talk show devoted to the “issues, personalities, and places of North Carolina,” has been on the air since 1996; this month, just shy of its quarter-of-a-century birthday, WUNC announced that the show will air no more. READ MORE AT INDY WEEK...

The Atlantic and WNYC Studios Announce New Podcast

As a polarized country faces a chaotic transition of presidential power and yet another surge in the pandemic, The Atlantic and WNYC Studios are announcing a partnership on a new podcast that will launch in early 2021. The Experiment, hosted by Julia Longoria, will examine the myths and ideas at the heart of the American experiment and the way powerful forces of history collide with our everyday lives. READ MORE THE ATLANTIC...

PLUS: Public Media Company Names Moran CEO

“Public Media Company’s services are in demand during this crucial time for local media,” said Board Chair Teresa Bazemore. “Erin’s leadership in the past year as President has been exemplary – we are excited to have her at the helm of Public Media Company and commend the entire Public Media Company team for their dedication and service.” READ MORE AT PUBLIC MEDIA COMPANY...