AWM Foundation announces 2012 Gracie Award winners
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is pleased to announce the 2012 winners of the 37th Annual Gracie Awards. The national awards will be presented at a black-tie Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 22. This black-tie event will be hosted by Angela Kinsey of the award-winning TV show "The Office." In preparation for the awards gala, Gracie Award statues are being engraved for such talented women as Christina Applegate, Giada de Laurentiis, Delilah, Angie Harmon and Rachel Maddow, and in recognition of such dynamic programming as ABC's "Revenge," CBS News' "60 Minutes" and OWN's "Oprah's Master Class." Local, online, public and student winners will be honored at the Gracies Luncheon on Wednesday, May 23 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. For a complete list of winners, click here.
Death of Sunday Times' Marie Colvin gets people talking about ... paywalls?
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The death of American journalist Marie Colvin in Syria has sparked an unlikely conversation — about paywalls. It did so because Colvin wanted it that way. Colvin "wanted her words from Syria to reach as wide an audience as possible and was frustrated at the paywall that prevented her article for the Sunday Times being widely available on the Internet." Colvin wrote, "Getting the story out from here is what we got into journalism for. If anyone can figure out how (to get over the paywall) you have my permission to post it, as in I will take the firing squad in the morning." More
Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC gives new face to cable news
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"We want this network to be the most vibrant, interesting, thoughtful, provocative and colorful channel out there," said MSNBC President Phil Griffin of Melissa Harris-Perry. "Others are welcome to judge what this all means." They have. "It's huge," says Latoya Peterson, the editor of the Racialicious. "Not many African-American women are given the chance to anchor their own shows or carve out a space to have really intelligent racial and gender conversations based on the strength of their intellect and opinion. It's almost a transformational opportunity — it's hers to mold and shape." More
Who said women aren't funny?
In a ludicrous — and roundly derided — 2007 Vanity Fair column, the late polemicist Christopher Hitchens argued that humor cannot be found in the absence of a Y chromosome. American television audiences might beg to differ. Of the 44 comedy pilots ordered by the networks in anticipation of the 2012-2013 season, 18 were conceived and/or written by women. NBC and ABC are leading the trend, accounting for 14 of the season's female-driven comedies, or exactly half their combined sitcom orders. More
Emma L. Bowen Foundation promotes Sandra D. Rice to senior vice president, eastern region
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The Emma L. Bowen Foundation, a media diversity initiative, announced that it has promoted Sandra D. Rice to senior vice president, eastern region and national recruitment. Rice previously served as vice president, eastern region. In her new role, Rice will continue to manage the foundation's eastern region activities and New York office, but will also assume responsibility for strategic planning and oversight of recruitment across the United States. More
Murano signs on at Schoen Marketing
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Schoen Marketing said Mary Murano, most recently executive vice president of TV Networks Distribution at NBCUniversal, has joined the firm as head of business development. The year-old firm said it is expanding its regional Los Angeles and West Coast practice across New York-based programmers, distributors and other media clients. More
Margaret Low Smith to head NPR News
Margaret Low Smith is assuming the role of senior vice president for NPR News on a permanent basis. She had been acting senior vice president for the past year. Smith began her career with NPR in 1982. More
'A Platform for Good' encourages kids to connect, share and do good
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The Family Online Safety Institute, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to online safety, announced an initiative to create an interactive online program called "A Platform for Good," empowering parents, teachers, teens and kids to connect and share knowledge and experiences around online safety while learning to become responsible digital citizens. The initiative will present a brand new approach to digital citizenship built on ideas, research and resources. By leveraging existing social media platforms that young people and their parents already use, "A Platform for Good" will have widespread appeal for a number of age groups. The project is supported by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, AT&T, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, Sprint, Verizon and Yahoo. More
Obama signs spectrum auction authority bill
TV spectrum can officially go on the auction block. President Barack Obama has signed the bill authorizing the Federal Communications Commission to hold incentive auctions to coax broadcasters to give up their piece of the airwaves. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 empowers the FCC to "encourage a licensee to relinquish voluntarily some or all of its licensed spectrum usage rights" to make way for wireless broadband. Broadcasters who do so will get a to-be-determined portion of the auction proceeds. More
Study shows women are smarter than men about social media
When it comes to managing their social media profiles, women, on average, behave more like mature, responsible adults while men act like impulsive adolescents. That's the takeaway from a new study on from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The study found women are behaving more cautiously than men on social media, and men are feeling the negative consequences of not protecting their privacy. More
Public Media Business Association 2012 Annual Conference to be held in Las Vegas
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Public Media Business Association's 2012 Annual Conference is the sole public broadcasting conference that serves the business side of both radio and television licensees with a broad spectrum of instructive tracks. Join industry professionals for educational programming that supports your professional development and benefits your station. Join PMBA and attend top-notch education programs focusing on key strategic, operational and financial issues confronting public media. The conference is scheduled for May 30-June 1 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Session tracks include Business Operations and Compliance, Executive Strategy, and People and Performance. More
AWMF symposium on defining diversity — register today
The latest AWMF symposium, Diversity: Defining Different in a Changing Society, will take place on Thursday, March 29 in the Washington, D.C., metro area (Discovery Headquarters, Silver Spring, Md.). The symposium will explore lessons in wisdom from top-ranking women in media, advice on making the most of career transitions in a diverse media market and instructions on how to better diversify your professional brand in media. Registration is free, but space is limited. To register and see a list of current speakers, please visit AWM's website.
AWM launches new Career Center
The Alliance for Women in Media is pleased to announce the launch of the brand new AWM Career Center. Both members and nonmembers can use the AWM Career Center to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting that provides job activity statistics. For job seekers, AWM Career Center is a free service that provides access to employers and jobs in the media industry. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse and view available jobs based on their criteria and save those jobs for later review if they choose. Job seekers can also create a search agent to provide email notifications of jobs that match their criteria. More