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Spectrum Auctions Threaten Public Television

towerHigh payment projections for the upcoming spectrum auctions are tempting public television stations to sell off channels – but for whose benefit?

The FCC’s October 1st report predicting payoffs of up to $570 million for stations giving up channels in coveted areas has spurred debate over the roles and responsibilities of public television stations in the auctions. Read more...

Public TV Docs Feature More Diverse Creators and Characters than Cable

Independent LensMore cable series than ever before feature social-issue documentaries, but public TV still stands out for diversity in both creators and characters, according to Center research that will be announced at the International Documentary Association’s 2014 Getting Real Documentary Film Conference. Read more...

Rebecca MacKinnon to Speak at American University

Consent of the NetworkedOn Monday, October 6, author and activist Rebecca MacKinnon is coming to American University to lead a conversation on Internet governance, privacy, free speech, and journalism in the digital age. 

MacKinnon is the director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America Foundation. After establishing her journalism career at CNN, she co-founded the citizen media network Global Voices with Ethan Zuckerman in 2005. More recently, she released her book "Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom."  Read more...

What Does It Mean to be a Member of a Public Media Station? And What Could It Mean?

How could alternative membership models change, enhance and strengthen both our relationship with public media and public media itself?

This is a speech Melody Kramer gave at Weapons of Mass Creation in Cleveland, OH on August 16, 2014. Kramer orignally shared it on Medium.com on August 17, 2014.

Today, I’m going to talk about what it means to be a member of something….and what could it mean…which actually grew out of me learning how to code. Read more...

New AIR Webinar Highlights the “Crowd” in “Crowdfunding”

AIR Presents: A Media Maker's Guide to KickstarterCrowdfunding has enabled countless independent media projects that may otherwise have been shelved, but it doesn't guarantee success. Like any fundraising initiative, a successful crowdfunding campaign requires careful thought and planning. "AIR Presents: A Media Maker's Guide to Kickstarter” is a new 45-minute webinar that helps media makers through the process. Read more...