Listeners responded passionately to NPR’s decision to end diversity-focused program “Tell Me More” due to low numbers of listeners. In light of this decision, NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos reviews NPR’s commitment to diversity, breaking down both staffing and audience metrics by ethnicity and education level.
For Email Newsletters, a Death Greatly Exaggerated
June 29, 2014
Email newsletters are back! “Readers have grown tired of the endless stream of information on the Internet, and having something finite and recognizable show up in your inbox can impose order on all that chaos,” writes David Carr in this New York Times article.
Funded by: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rockefeller Foundation New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, Nathan Cummings Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, National Black Programming Consortium
January 17, 2014 | Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rockefeller Foundation New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, Nathan Cummings Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, National Black Programming Consortium | Produced by Thomas Allen Harris | Race | Documentary Film, Photography
This new documentary film from filmmaker, journalist, and activist Thomas Allen Harris, which is based on Deborah Willis’ book Reflections in Black, focuses on the history of African-American photography, from early vintage daguerreotypes through to the present.
Recent audience research from NPR shows that while new users are more likely to seek out written rather than audio content, listening is more likely to make loyal users return to the site frequently. “Text acquires, audio converts,” writes Michelle Bellettiere.
September 15, 2010 | Funded by Open Society Foundations | Produced by John Willis | Arts and Culture, Race | Photography
Photographer John Willis’ project “Views from the Reservation” focuses on life at the Pine Ridge Reservation, home of the Oglala Sioux people. His photos, mostly in black-and-white, are meant to repair damaging stereotypes of Native American lifestyles which are made by outsiders who do not fully understand or appreciate the culture they capture.
The Media’s Moral Center: How John Oliver Became the Sheriff of Cable News’ Wild West
June 23, 2014
Can TV comedy news have real social and political impact? According to Salon’s Prachi Gupta, signs point to “yes.” When “Last Week Tonight,” a new Daily Show spinoff hosted by John Oliver, aired a segment on net neutrality, the FCC’s website was deluged with viewer comments. Oliver, Gupta writes, is able “to convert his audience’s […]
Media scholar Minna Aslama Horowitz blogs that “the concept of ‘media development’ is a contested one, so finding data involves assessing the different approaches to media development.” Here, she provides a continuously updated list of relevant media development resources.
Commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, this report explores answers to critical questions in five key areas—strategy, capacity, content, platforms, and evaluation—and provides a framework to help organizations and foundations create and evaluate the impact of storytelling initiatives designed to promote social change. The report also provides suggestions for toolkits, resources, and next steps for developing a […]
Collaboration and invention were key concepts for the mid-afternoon sessions at the June 4 Media Impact Forum, which honed in on how cross-platform public media initiatives are filling holes in local news and healthcare coverage and influencing audiences and policymakers.
Effective partnerships between practitioners and researchers are important, point out Christian Seelos and Johanna Mair on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog, but research “is not a substitute for experimentation and entrepreneurship.” Here, Seelos and Mair highlight the survey responses of over 1800 people in social issue organizations who collaborate with researchers to understand and […]