Jul 27, 2009

PBS and NPR plan barcamp in D.C.; CPB seeks logistics help

CPB has issued a request for proposals for vendors to help with training of participants and logistical work for a planned pubmedia barcamp Oct. 17 and 18 in Washington, organized by PBS and NPR. CPB will help 10 stations send two staffers each. Check out the RFP requirements here.

Staking a claim for as a "news destination"

“We are a news content organization, not just a radio organization,” says NPR President Vivian Schiller, in this New York Times piece on the redesign of that launched over the weekend. Improved navigation and readability--especially for news audiences--are hallmarks of the revamped website, a demonstration of NPR's push to create content that makes a "news destination in its own right,” she said, rather than an online companion to its radio programming. Web users who designate a favorite NPR station get a co-branded homepage that's one click away from a menu of local content. Schiller acknowledges that the site does not resolve the the long-festering "bypass issue." In a Q&A with Newsweek, Schiller says NPR has plans to help stations strengthen their web services.

Roadshow combs through unclaimed jewelry in Denver

Antiques Roadshow embarked on a first-ever effort for the show in Denver last Saturday: Appraisers examined pieces of government-held unclaimed jewelry. The Colorado State Treasurer's unclaimed property division contains some $450 million of objects or cash. There's even a Great Colorado Payback website for residents to search. As with all of the tour stops, the action was taped for consideration as part of Antiques Roadshow’s 2010 season. At one recent appraisal session, Roadshow scored its first million-dollar appraisal.

Bernanke candid at NewsHour town hall meeting

Ben Bernanke is in the news with remarks made during a NewsHour town meeting. During the discussion in Kansas City, Mo., the fed chair said government bailouts by the Central Bank and other moves were necessary to avoid "a second Depression." Anchor Jim Lehrer moderated the event, set to run in several installments on the show this week. Here's the transcript.