Mar 26, 2012

Silicon Valley offices of KQED move to downtown San Jose

KQED has moved its Silicon Valley offices to downtown San Jose, within walking distance of City Hall. The new site includes office space, multiplatform production facilities and the TV studio for KQED Plus, the new identity of KTEH after the Monterey pubstation merged with KQED six years ago (Current, May 15, 2006).  KQED Plus is led by Executive Director Becca King Reed, producer of This is Us, the weekly magazine show profiling individuals from South Bay. KQED's main headquarters remains in San Francisco.

An inside look at Andy Carvin's one-man newsroom

Now online at A year after Andy Carvin's groundbreaking coverage of the Arab Spring uprising via social media networks, Carvin remains a rare breed. While more journalists are using Twitter to find stories and connect with sources, Carvin, NPR's senior strategist on its social media desk, says few use it as he does. He sometimes writes for NPR’s website, but his Twitter activity rarely yields full articles. Instead, the nonstop chatter among his networked community serves as both process and product. “It’s not that I’m just using Twitter and integrating other forms of journalism,” he says. “It’s that I see Twitter as the newsroom where I spend my time.”

Licensee fires Jefferson Public Radio head Ron Kramer, effective June 30

Southern Oregon University has fired longtime Jefferson Public Radio Executive Director Ron Kramer, the Mail Tribune in Medford, Ore., is reporting. Kramer held both positions since 1974. University President Mary Cullinan presented Kramer with the termination letter on Friday (March 23). The move does not affect Kramer's position as head of the JPR Foundation, the station's fundraising organization. A recent university audit had advised against Kramer holding both those positions, citing a potential conflict of interest. Kramer's termination is effective June 30.