Nov 30, 2009

"Ascent of Money" wins International Emmy

Harvard University history prof Niall C. Ferguson has won an International Emmy Award for his documentary series, The Ascent of Money, which aired on PBS in July 2009, reports the Harvard Crimson. The series examined the history of money, credit and banking, going back as far as ancient Babylon. It was based on his course, "International Financial History, 1700 to Present," which he last taught at the college in 2007.

NewsHour and GlobalPost team up to bolster international coverage

PBS and the NewsHour today announced a partnership with Boston-based GlobalPost to make use of its international correspondents for "timely on-the-ground information about breaking news developments" for both broadcast and online audiences, according to a statement posted on Jim Romenesko's media blog on the Poynter Institute's website. The effort will supplement the NewsHour's current international reporting, the statement noted. GlobalPost correspondents and videographers will produce weekly video segments for NewsHour and the show's web site; GlobalPost and NewsHour staffs will collaborate on story selection and production. GlobalPost has some 70 reporters in more than 50 countries, and already is partnered with WorldFocus as well as many print publications. As Broadcasting & Cable notes, the syndication deals are "significant" to supporting its work. NPR's David Folkenflik explored the concept of GlobalPost on a recent Morning Edition. The NewsHour's Dec. 7 launch of its latest incarnation, removing anchor Jim Lehrer's name from the title and bridging online and broadcast news, is attracting attention: The New York Times had a story yesterday, and the Washington Post today. PBS's MediaShift blog offers the first in a series of posts by Anna Shoup, the NewsHour's local/national editor, who provides an insider's look at the changes.

Gourmet adventures indeed

Ruth Reichl, host of PBS's Gourmet's Adventures With Ruth, opens her refrigerator and pantry to for a peek at what one of America's most respected foodies noshes on. A few goodies: Arkansas black and Knobbed Russet apples, three kinds of butter, frozen banana leaves, strawberry elderflower jam, lacinato kale and "gallons of turkey stock." You know, the usual.