Jan 23, 2011

Burns calls pubcasting "a dividend we can't do without"

In an interview with John Diaz, editorial page editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, PBS documentarian Ken Burns says: "I think we ought to just take pause and reflect on what this extra-marketplace programming means to us." He also points out that the relatively small investment in public broadcasting produces "a dividend we can't do without, especially in this commercial era." Diaz agrees, noting in the column today (Jan. 23) that "Americans who want a depth of programming that doesn't necessarily produce celebrity hosts or big ratings or high profits will now have to fight to keep Congress from cutting off funds to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting."

The Hub seeks university-linked news orgs

The Nonprofit Journalism Hub, a recent project of the Voice of San Diego, is looking for nonprof university-sponsored news organizations for its growing list. It's aiming to "bring together myriad resources to help communities create their own successful nonprofit news organizations." Interested? Submit your organization for inclusion here.