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Thursday, August 9, 2012

The battle over public broadcasting

Sesame Street or Sponsorship Street? Public Broadcasting System Chief Executive Paula Kerger is worried that PBS could lose its funding in a Republican administration. Speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour here in Los Angeles on Sunday, Kerger warned that if the 15% of funds PBS gets from the government were to be removed, many of its stations would have to go off the air. All public broadcasting, TV and radio, could lose important coverage area in smaller cities towns and rural America if federal funds are reduced further. The services provide programming that is not available from the networks, often of a higher intellectual, cultural and educational level. Opponents of funding say that with cable and satellite TV (which many cannot afford or is not available), there are ample opportunities for higher level educational, cultural and intellectual program sources on the commercial market.  More fromVariety.

Performer Track series on "Why Did You Make This Film?

EXCLUSIVE: Meet PerformerTrack Member Actress/Writer/Director/Producer Nicole Kian Sadighi of 'I Am Neda' (the film that has been Banned in Iran) who answers "WHY DID YOU MAKE THIS FILM?"

This 8-Part Exclusive Interview Series was Directed and Produced by Holdon Log's Brian Vermeire & Kristina Hughes.


A Formula For Latino News

Francisco Cortes started at Fox as an apprentice, then rose through the ranks to become Fox News Latino's first director.
Courtesy of FOX News Latino Francisco Cortes started at Fox as an apprentice, then rose through the ranks to become Fox News Latino's first director.

In a glass-walled conference room at Fox News in New York, reporter Bryan Llenas and two of his colleagues discuss the nature and success of their news site, Fox News Latino, largely aimed at English-speaking Hispanics.

Maybe a dozen feet away, two pundits can be seen heatedly arguing in a Fox News TV studio.
"Fox News Latino is different than Fox News," Llenas says with a smile. "You know what? That's the purpose — to add value."

As Hispanics make up an increasing — and increasingly important — part of the U.S. population, major media companies are courting them with a newfound intensity. Latinos make up one-sixth of the nation's population, but accounted for more than half of the country's population growth from 2000 to 2010, according to the latest census.

The Univision and Telemundo television networks have sewn up much of the nation's Spanish-dominant viewers; in fact, Univision is one of the nation's highest-rated broadcast networks in any language. But news organizations see major opportunities in targeting Hispanics who predominantly speak English, and Fox News Latino has been enjoying a strong head start by tweaking the formula that defines the cable network that gave it life. The site drew 3.3 million unique visitors in June, according to estimates from Omni Site Catalyst provided by Fox, and that's considered a strong showing for a niche site.

"They're very good," says Angelo Falcon, a political scientist, activist and president of the National Institute for Latino Policy. "They cover a lot of issues that are important to the Latino community ... They cover things that the mainstream media really doesn't pay much attention to."

Speaking To The Latino Community
Fox News Latino doesn't treat American Hispanics as a monolithic cultural, economic or political force. And that can be credited with some of its early fortune.

The site started up in late 2010, with a push from Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes. Fox News Latino Director Francisco Cortes was rising through the ranks — from an apprenticeship named for Ailes to a senior producer for Fox's news programming — when he was summoned by his bosses.
"Mr. Ailes himself ... wanted to see how to strategize on how to speak to the Latino community," Cortes recalls. "They wanted to know ... how do we go about talking to one of the most influential groups in the U.S."

With colleagues, Cortes devised a website that features staff-written pieces and aggregates news coverage from other sources, particularly abroad. The site's articles are largely in English.

"Our target audience is second- and third-generation U.S. Hispanics," Cortes says, "but we also don't want to ignore first-generation Hispanics who have deep ties to their homeland."

The site has paid particular attention to such stories as the recent presidential elections in Mexico, the triumphs and troubles of Hispanic politicians, and congressional clashes over immigration policy.

Lighter pieces include a look at a Mexican-style rodeo held in the Bronx.

A Divide Between Fox News And Fox News Latino
Yet some Hispanic activists and critics on the left say there is a pronounced divide between their treatment on the Fox News Latino website and on Fox News itself, especially on the cable channel's highly rated opinion shows.

"You have someone like Bill O'Reilly who's always out looking to take potshots at Latino advocacy groups and Latino issues. [He's] very anti-immigrant," says political scientist and activist Falcon.

O'Reilly would undoubtedly disagree with that assessment. But during one recent exchange, he invited a Latina campaigning against use of the word "illegals" onto his top-rated Fox News show, The O'Reilly Factor, only to ask her four times whether she was an illegal alien. (The activist, Monica Novoa, said she was not, all four times.)

But the website also has the potential to inform and influence the news channel's coverage.

In March, for example, Fox News Latino's Llenas appeared on Fox News to describe the results of a poll commissioned by the website. Llenas noted that Hispanic voters care more about the economy than immigration, but said that the latter issue defines their moral compass.

"Eighty-five percent support undocumented workers working in this country," he said on the air. "If you ask them whether they prefer the word 'illegal' versus 'undocumented,' a majority of them believe that the word 'illegal,' the term 'illegal immigrant,' is offensive."

In May, Fox News' Geraldo Rivera wrote a column for the site denouncing pundits — including those on the Fox News channel itself — for using the term.
Competition Is Catching Up
Now, however, the site is facing new competition in their pursuit of English-speaking Hispanics.
A year ago, The Huffington Post created HuffPost LatinoVoices, and a few weeks ago, NBC News unveiled its version.
NBC News' top digital executive, Vivian Schiller, says news officials all over are seeking to tap into the same growing and previously underserved market.

"Advertisers are interested in reaching Latino audiences. And so this is a commercial venture in the sense that we sell advertising, and we think it is a good business," Schiller, a former NPR CEO, said during a public question-and-answer session at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York. "But it is also a critically important project for us, and I feel a tremendous responsibility to serve diverse audiences."

Fox executives say they are driven by the same impulses: to find future sources of profit and to serve the public better.

A One-Stop Shop For News
Elizabeth Llorente, senior reporter at Fox News Latino, grew up in Union City, N.J., with a blend of American tastes and those of her family's native Cuba. She's a fan of Celia Cruz and the Rolling Stones. Before joining Fox's new website, Llorente won awards for her coverage of immigration issues at the Bergen County Record in New Jersey.

For intellectual nourishment that touched on her interests, she says she used to concoct her own stew from a variety of news sources: "I'd go to The New York Times; I'd go to Univision; I'd go to the ethnic newspaper serving the community."

"Here at Fox News Latino, it's all there for you," she says, "so you don't have to be making your own stew."

Digital Life

YouTube Network Plays Well With Latino Audiences

What Happens in a “Right to Work” State?

            The term "Right to Work" refers to those states where laws have been passed that prohibit the enforcement of "union security" provisions in union contracts.  This term is misleading because these laws have nothing to do with ensuring or promoting any "right" to "work."  

            "Right-to-work for less" laws allow employers to hire without cause or giving any reason for termination. It exempts them from many lawsuits, but not all, over discrimination and wrongful termination.

             Right to Work States include states with a wide range of laws limiting labor organizing and setting up one sided protection for employers. The only effect of these so-called "right to work" laws is that in these states, union security provisions are not enforceable.  Accordingly, in these states, while union contracts are still binding on employers and union membership is still legal, unions are prohibited from compelling individuals to pay any dues or initiation fees, even though such individuals are working under and benefiting from a union contract. 

               Also, in so-called right to work states, unions are still legally required to represent all individuals who are employed under a union contract, even if an individual refuses to pay dues and initiation fees to the union. This puts a drain on union resources and negatively impacts the benefits and security of dues paying union membership.

Human Morality, Values and Facts

The monitary value of a human life

I really enjoyed the article you posted a while back that touched on the statistical value of human life:

I thought you might be interested in an infographic we just published, it's titled The Monetary Value of a Human Life:

If you like it, feel free to publish it on your site.

Thanks a lot,

Matthew PelletierDirector of Public RelationsC&S Safety Training Videos

Technical Difficulties

Technical Difficulties

Posting has slowed down over recent days, and will continue to do so for several reasons. 

First off my other blog disappeared and it too many hours to restore it. 

Second I have started teaching at Carrington College (so far that and CSN, but I am promised a later this fall section at Phoenix as well) with all the prep time and learning curve of a new employer and preparing a class for the first time. Third, CSN is changing its text book and prep materials, which means a learning curve in that area as well. I still teach at Casting Call on Friday nights and announce at KNPR on Sundays. 

Third, we are in the "dog days of summer" and news is slow. If you know of any industry news please pass it my way.

Most of all, a bug (worm) froze my Mac...and has caused problems ever since. The hard drive is now "full" so work has crawled on a normally very fast machine to a crawl. Any advice is appreciated.

-Art Lynch

Grant Specialist Position at CSN

DWED Grants Financial Specialist (Local Search*)

The purpose of this position is to provide high level financial management and coordination for DWED grant-funded budgets, including but not limited to creating, revising, traking and monitoring grant program expenditures and revenue. 

1) Assist in the development of, maintain and submit revisions of all DWED grant budgets; comply with federal, state and CSN policies, procedures and regulations; compile budget documents for initial, revisions and final submission; consult with managers to ensure that budget adjustments are made in accordance with program changes; provide advice and technical assistance with fiscal allocation and budget preparation. 

2) Check figures, postings and documents for correct entry, mathematical accuracy and proper codes; record and store financial information in program spreadsheets and databases; reconcile records of budget transactions; reconile or note and report discrepancies found in records; maintain electronic and paper records of all financial transactions by grant programs; analyze monthly department budgeting and accounting reports to maintain expenditure controls. 

3) Create, submit and track contractor/vendor agreements, RX's, LPO's, PV's, IV/IX's and Office Max orders; code documents according to CSN, State and Federal guidelines; access financial information to answer general questions as well as those related to specific accounts; calculate costs of materials and other expenses, based on estimates, quotations and price lists; match order forms with invoices and record the necessary information. 

4) Develop, monitor and track contracts for all grant LOA's and Wages personnel payroll; work with AAI to develop a system for LOA payroll submission and tracking, including but not limited to, supersedes, professional development payment and substitute pay; serve as the point of contact for any questions or concerns related to grant LOA and Wages contracts; serve as a back-up for revenue personnel contracts.  
Required QualificationsBachelor's Degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or related field from a regionally accredited college or university or Associates Degree with 1-2 years related experience.

Ability to generate, understand and explain financial reports and/or spreadsheets.

Excellent computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically, Excel and Word.

Ability to work evenings and/or weekends based on workload demands.  
Required documents (Cover Letter, Resume, and Transcripts) must be attached directly to the ON-LINE application. If you are unable to attach the required documents to your ON-LINE application, you may send them to Human Resources via email or fax to 702.651.5778
SPECIAL NOTE: Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications. The search committee will use this information during the initial review of application materials.  
Preferred Qualifications1-2 years demonostrated budget developing and monitoring experience.

Knowledge of college financial services, purchasing and contracts processess and procedures.

Demonstrated experience in using financial and/or accounting systems.

Experience generating fiscal reports and databases for budget management.  

Tony Bennett!

Saturday, September 1, 7:30 p.m. at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Nevada Public Radio has a very limited number of rear orchestra seats for a special performance with one of America's best singers, Tony Bennett, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Few pop singers can claim a popularity as enduring as Tony Bennett's. His warm tenor is famous for its simplicity and emotional directness, as evidenced in his renditions of such hits as "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," "Rags to Riches" and "What a Good Life." Bennett began his career performing in various New York clubs before being discovered in 1949 by Bob Hope. During the '50s, he recorded such songs as "Because of You,"

"Rags to Riches" and "Cold, Cold Heart." In 1962, Bennett recorded his best known song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," and won the first of 17 Grammys.

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