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NPR & Member Stations Turn 'Consider This' Into First Localized News Podcast

Recently, the IAB Upfront, NPR and a group of 12 public radio stations across the country announced that they have launched the first localized daily news podcast, one that blends national stories and local reporting.

Listeners in or near ten regions — Boston (WBUR and GBH), New York (WNYC), Philadelphia (WHYY), Washington, D.C. (WAMU), Chicago (WBEZ), Minneapolis/St. Paul (MPR), Dallas (KERA), Los Angeles (KPCC and KCRW), San Francisco (KQED), and Portland, OR (OPB) — will hear a version of Consider This with reporting on their community from their community, alongside a national view from NPR to help listeners make sense of the day. READ MORE AT NPR...

Public TV Fights Datacasting Fees at FCC

Should public TV stations that use a portion of their spectrum to provide noncommercial data services have to pay fees for that service? That question is before the FCC in a rulemaking proceeding, with groups including PBS, America’s Public Television Stations and the Public Media Venture Group arguing that the fees are hindering development of ATSC 3.0 “broadcast internet” datacasting.

As the FCC works to update its rules to reflect changes the ATSC 3.0 transition is bringing to the television landscape, the latest proceeding is focusing on a provision that requires stations to pay the FCC 5% of any revenue they take in from providing “ancillary or supplementary services.” READ MORE AT CURRENT...

In a K-Shaped Recovery, Nonprofits Should Lean on Major Donors

When nonprofits are under-resourced, their natural response is to turn to their donors. But is it realistic to expect a healthy stream of charitable contributions in the midst of the worst economic situation since the Great Depression?

Absolutely — if you approach the right people. Because even as unemployment soars, as tens of thousands of businesses close, and as default and eviction rates rise, a small but significant portion of the population is doing just fine, thank you. READ MORE AT HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW...

NPR Budget for New Fiscal Year Aims to Avoid Layoffs Despite Deficit

NPR plans to continue implementing cost-saving measures next fiscal year to offset a projected $29 million budget deficit, CFO and Treasurer Deborah Cowan said during a board committee meeting last week.

Cowan presented a breakdown of the FY21 budget that showed anticipated revenues of $250.6 million, down from $253.4 million in FY20 and $258.7 million in FY19. READ MORE AT CURRENT...

Americans Agree the News Media Is Under Attack; They Diverge on Whether It’s Justified

Americans widely agree that the news media is under attack politically, with four in five Americans (80%) supporting this statement, according to the Gallup/Knight Foundation study, American Views 2020: Trust Media and Democracy. They disagree by party, however, on whether those attacks are justified.

The survey of more than 20,000 Americans — the latest in the Gallup/Knight research series — finds solid majorities of people of all political leanings say the news media is under attack, including 86% of Democrats, 74% of Republicans and 77% of independents. READ MORE AT KNIGHT FOUNDATION...

The Journalists and Colleagues We’ve Lost To the Coronavirus

Worldwide, more than 530,000 people have died, according to The New York Times, with more than 130,000 deaths in the U.S. Poynter is regularly updating a collection of obituaries on the media professionals who lost their lives to the coronavirus pandemic, gathering the stories alongside the numbers. READ MORE AT POYNTER...