Feb 7, 2011

Mozilla gets $2.5 million from Knight for news technology fellows

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is providing open-source software pioneer Mozilla a $2.5 million grant to place technologists in newsrooms. The 15 Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership Fellows will provide open-source solutions that news organizations can use for free to "demonstrate the value of open-web technologies and spur their adoption across the news industry," the two said in a statement today (Feb. 7).

“Digital technology evolves daily, changing how people access and interact with the news," said Alberto Ibarg├╝en, Knight Foundation president. "Technology has changed what we demand from news and is even affecting journalistic values. Really successful technology companies are built to handle that. Most newsrooms aren’t. This program will help bridge the gap.”

Sirius XM's P.O.T.U.S. channel will now carry PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour will be heard on Sirius XM Radio's P.O.T.U.S weeknights at 6 p.m. Eastern starting today (Feb. 7). P.O.T.U.S. is nonpartisan, 24-hour news channel dedicated to American politics.

Executive director stepping down from Latino Public Broadcasting

Patricia Boero has resigned as executive director of Latino Public Broadcasting, the organization announced today (Feb. 7), to spend more time in Uruguay with an ailing family member. Her departure is effective March 8. Boero (shown with LPB Chairman Edward James Olmos) said in her letter of resignation: “I am sad to be leaving the board and my team, but trust that the organization will see this transition as another opportunity for renewal and growth.” Luis Ortiz, managing director, will step in as interim. Boreo has been in the position since August 2007. In September 2010 she won the Latina Leaders Award from Imagen Foundation and Dolores Huerta Foundation.