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Antiques or Independents? Why it Matters Where PBS Puts Independent Lens and POV

ITVSPBS, the biggest of the programming services for public TV, has reschedPOVuled two programs that showcase independent producers’ work from across the nationIndependent Lens and POV. The results could put the future of those programs at risk, because of declining viewership. Read more...

Public Media Puts Civic Mission in Center Stage

What standards do public broadcasters hold themselves to, in the era of foreclosure news beats, the Arab spring, and #DowntonAbbey? Or, to ask the question another way, what is public broadcasting's mission? Read more...

Localore Picks Feature Crowdsourced Docs, Collaborative Reporting, and Gaming for Good

Today, the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) announced the winners of the Localore competition, a $2 million initiative designed to expand public radio and TV stations' capacity to innovate and reach new publics.Read more...

From Global to Localore: Digital Public Media News

Mapping Digital MediaDigital Media and Democracy Worldwide: Public Media 2.0

What are the implications for democracy in the digital media transformation worldwide? What policies can protect diversity of expression, and what kind of funding is possible? How does the situation differ in different regions? Read more...

Public Funding and Documentaries at IDFA

IDFA logoFunds from public broadcasting and other taxpayer funds to promote culture continue to be essential to production of social-issue documentaries, if this year’s crop of docs at The International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) is any guide.Read more...