Media leaders spill their revenue secrets at ONA

The 2015 Online News Association Conference just wrapped up in Los Angeles. Several examples of successful strategies for sustainable public media are presented - and guess what? There is no new magic formula - just doing it the old fashioned way - and doing it well.

From advertising to major donors to individual memberships and live events, it's clearly still possible to support alternative media by remaining committed to best practices - especially in leadership and management.

Pacifica: are you listening?

NAB Joins Incubator 1776

The National Association of Broadcasters announced today that its technology division, NAB Labs, has entered into a corporate partnership with 1776, a Washington, D.C.-based startup hub providing resources and networking connections for startups within regulated industries.

"Startups today are keenly sensitive to the evolution of the broadcasting industry, and they are eager to know how they can prepare themselves," said 1776 Managing Director David Zipper.""By partnering with NAB, 1776 will be able to provide our members with a unique lens to recognize broadcasting technology needs and opportunities that would otherwise go unrecognized."

Founded in 2013, 1776 offers startup companies with high growth potential the means to build and expand their operations. Among its services, 1776 provides working space for startup members, full-time entrepreneurial educational programs, and access to an investor network and the 1776 Seed Fund.

Europe’s “Roma Decade” Didn’t Lead to Inclusion

The Decade of Roma Inclusion has ended. This unprecedented collaboration was initiated between 12 European countries in 2005 in Sofia, Bulgaria. At that time, the prime ministers of these countries made a promise to “close the gaps between Roma and the rest of society,” and committed their domestic public institutions to fulfill this promise by 2015.

Did governments deliver on the promise? In short, no. According to an article by the Open Society Institute, the daily life of Roma remains a struggle no other ethnic group in Europe faces.

The Roma Youth Radio project from RadioExpert offers the first steps in a professional career for young Roma broadcasters-in-training. We challenge the Open Society Institute and others to support our efforts to improve the opportunities for Roma in Europe.

Public Radio survey provides expected answers, and also new questions

What's the state of public radio? Are listening patterns continuing to reflect the growth of digital technologies?

Jacobs Media has released their 2015 survey of listeners to public radio in the USA. Not surprisingly, the trend to digital continues - answering the question most everyone expected. So what's new? Podcasting!

"Understanding Media" project seeks to promote media literacy in Europe

The media are a powerful force in today’s world. They profoundly influence the social, political, cultural and ecomomic directions of societies across the globe. Media literacy is the understanding of media – the “who” of ownership and power, the “why” of varying agendas,  and the “how” media affects our daily lives. RadioExpert recognizes the importance of media literacy, and continually participates in projects to promote the understanding of media by citizens. The “Understanding Media” project is funded by the European Union and seeks to examine the concept of Media Literacy in Europe.

We ask: how has media literacy been defined at European institutionals, academia and communities, and how it can be embedded in the content of the training curriculum being delivered by community media. We seek to promote better understanding of how to ‘read’ the media, and also how to ‘write’ more informative and balance content as to promote equality, pluralism and diversity, and to increase active citizenship actions through media. Phase II of the project is well underway, with the goal of building an online toolbox for any user anywhere to access media literacy tools.

To learn more about this and other projects at RadioExpert, just drop us a line. We welcome your interest!

A Community Service-Based Model for Saving Local Journalism

In the USA, the local, ad-based media business model does not generate enough revenue to pay reporters to do enough reporting. As a result, communities are not being well served by journalistic institutions. Steven Waldman writes in the Columbia Journalism Review: "It’s time for a dramatic new approach grounded in community service." That new approach leverages the idea of Peace Corps-style volunteers assigned to local news jobs supported by a mixture of funding sources. Can it work? And is there a role for local community broadcasters?

The Media Is Failing Women, Except at Public Broadcasting Service in the USA

The underrepresentation of women is a problem that has long existed in media -- in print, television, radio and online. But PBS has managed to find effective solutions by making gender equality a priority.

"PBS has done a remarkable job of finding great women, promoting great women and making sure that women are not just on the air but also behind the scenes, making decisions," says TV anchorwoman Judy Woodruff.

The full story from the Huffington Post.

Sally Kane Envigorates NFCB

Several years ago, beset with past poor leadership, debts and burned bridges, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) almost closed up shop. Sally Kane changed all that.

Since Sally became NFCB’s CEO in early 2014, NFCB has shown new vitality. It seems be playing a larger role in the public media conversation.  This is a good thing because community-based radio has the potential to become a bigger factor in American society. Now NFCB appears to be back on track as a vital and effective supporter of community broadcasting in the United States. For more info, go here.

Ford Foundation's New Direction

The Ford Foundation announced a major change to it's core philosophy, doubling the amount it gives for operation expenses of community organizations.

Now Ford will place a high priority on alleviating what it sees as the key causes of inequality, including broken political systems, discrimination, dwindling support for schools and other public institutions, and a belief that the free market alone can cure social ills. "We’re going to move away from bending our grantees to fit into our boxes and do a better job of listening and learning," stated Ford Foundation president Darren Walker.

For more information, go here.

Expanding the Radio Dial in Your Car?

Listening in the car is nothing new, but new platforms and technologies are sprouting up every day. A new service of news and information hopes to capture a place in your dashboard.