NPR has joined a lobbying organization that appears to be fighting a proposed increase in royalties to musicians. For singer-songwriter and artist advocate David Lowery (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven), it’s dismaying to see NPR run with that particular crowd. On The Pub, Lowery makes the case that public radio should get on what he sees as the right side of a matter of social justice.
Also on the show this week:
- Doug Mitchell, founder and director of NPR’s Next Generation Radio training project, says public radio needs more talent developers and scouts, like him.
- Host Adam Ragusea proposes a procedure to ensure honesty in editing.
It’s time for most, perhaps even all, public media journalists to abandon both the practice and the pretense of conventional impartiality. On this week's episode of The Pub, we revisit several of our recent commentaries and interviews on this subject.
Back in 2012, Jennifer Brandel had the best new idea in local news that anyone has had in a long time. Rather than report the same old stories, ask the audience: What have you always been curious about? Use democratic online tools to pick the best questions, then go out and answer them as best you can.
That was Curious City, a Localore project based at WBEZ in Chicago. It has since been imitated and replicated dozens of times over.
In January, Brandel started Curious Nation, a spin-off company designed to help franchise the Curious City model to other cities. Last week, Curious Nation became Hearken, and with the new name comes a new and broader mission: to help journalists do work that better reflects the information needs and desires of their audience.
Also this week:
- We conclude last week’s investigation into why some national program producers are opting to self-distribute their shows
- WHYY Vice President for News and Civic Dialogue Chris Satullo argues that stations shouldn’t just do journalism — they should support good community journalism, whoever is doing it
On this week’s episode of The Pub, Raney Aronson, the new executive producer of public TV's "Frontline," goes deep on the show's production process, her vision for its future, and even some of the stumbles she’s had with new initiatives, such as the transition from hourlong documentary films to 2-minute web videos.
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