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Public Media Journalists Association Receives Additional CPB Funding to Continue Editor Corps

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has announced an additional $61,000 grant funding the continuation of the Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) Editor Corps, which provides crucial editing assistance to public media newsrooms, including small and rural newsrooms.

“2020 has proved to be a news year like no other, and the PMJA Editor Corps quickly became a lifeline for public media newsrooms, helping them provide high-quality coverage of breaking news,” said Kathy Merritt, CPB senior vice president, journalism and radio. “CPB is pleased to provide the funding to continue this program supporting public media journalism at this important time.” READ MORE AT CPB...

Americans Spending $1B a Month More on Streaming Amid Pandemic

Amid the pandemic, video streaming services have reached 72% penetration into American homes, up 13% since January. Pay TV currently has 56% penetration. Sixty-five percent of U.S. video customers aged between 50-64, and 50% of those 65+ years, now pay for online streaming. READ MORE AT NEXT  TV...

Radio Listening Has Plummeted. NPR Is Reaching a Bigger Audience Than Ever. What Gives?

People who listened to NPR shows on the radio at home before the pandemic by and large still do,” NPR’s own media correspondent, David Folkenflik, reported on July 15. “But many of those who listened on their commute have not re-joined from home. And that threatens to alter the terrain for NPR for years to come.” READ MORE AT NIEMAN LAB...

With Classes Resuming, Stations Build on Spring Efforts for ‘Phase Two’ of Remote Learning Initiatives

“It’s almost like a phase two of the work, in line more with where schools are at this point in time going into the fall,” said Robin Mencher, executive director of education at KQED in San Francisco. “We have had some time to reflect, to listen and to refine so that we can be right there, hand in hand with our education partners and our families.” READ MORE AT CURRENT...

First-Of-Its-Kind News Giving Roadmap Attracts 10 Newsrooms in First Week

The Institute for Nonprofit News has debuted the News Giving Roadmap — a unique, comprehensive program designed to expand the capacity of nonprofit newsrooms to build sustainable revenue from individual donors. Starting with a unique online assessment and continuing on through high-level strategies like developing a planned giving program, the News Giving Roadmap meets organizations where they are and provides them with the tools, customized consulting and shared resources (like donor profiles) to significantly grow their fundraising efforts. READ MORE AT INN...