Jan 31, 2009

Pubmedia inauguration project attracts 35,000 users

Inauguration Report '09, organized by NPR, American University’s School of Communication and CBS, brought in more than 35,000 user contributions via Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, iPhone, Google Phones and text messaging. One of its creators, David Johnson, a professor at American University’s School of Communication, reviews the project, and its implications for the future of public media.

Grants make for 'best year in a long time' at WGBH

Here's a bit of positive news during this ominous economic time. A huge increase in grant support enabled WGBH to have a very strong '08. Grant commitments grew year-to-year a hefty 70 percent to $121.8 million, from $71.7 million, as of Aug. 31, 2008. Many were PBS grants; its commitments to WGBH jumped to $83.8 million in 2008, from $28.3 million in '07. “We had our best year in a long time last year,” Ben Godley, WGBH executive v.p., told The Boston Business Journal.