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Michael V Marcotte
Albuquerque, NM
Veteran public media news executive now teaching and consulting
Interests: Reading, networking and blogging. Discovering great journalism on all platforms. Enjoying music, theater and outdoor stuff like running, biking and hiking. A fan of yoga. I'm the proud owner of two Bajaj scooters and for some reason I'm certified in transcranial magnetic stimulation.
Recent Activity
LOCAL NEWS IS IN DIRE STRAITS. In a quest for profit, publishers have gutted newsrooms and hollowed out coverage of local communities. As the industry struggles to build the business model of the future, it’s missing an opportunity to embrace a funding mechanism that can enshrine journalism as a public... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at MVM Consulting
Now that some guarded optimism has replaced all the hand-wringing triggered by the WSJ analysis, one of the dangers facing public radio is complacency. Larger stations aren’t as vulnerable to this. They are driving system growth, and their competitive challenges and opportunities for service expansion are too powerful. For example:... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 6, 2017 at MVM Consulting
It was a warm Wednesday night in early May and clusters of people, most of them under 30, were standing on a theater terrace overlooking Brussels, Belgium. Munching on appetizers and sipping drinks while also shooting photos for Snapchat and Instagram, they were there to hear a series of talks... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 6, 2017 at MVM Consulting
For the second time in as many months, I find myself writing about the firing of a public media journalist over matters related to journalistic integrity. Last month, it was Marketplace reporter Lewis Wallace. This time it’s Jacqui Helbert, fired from WUTC in Chattanooga after state lawmakers complained to the... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 29, 2017 at MVM Consulting
At a time when news organizations find themselves under attack, the Democracy Fund along with our partners at First Look Media are announcing today the largest grants either organization has made to date in support of journalism. For years, the media industry has struggled against major economic threats that have... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 27, 2017 at MVM Consulting
Last September, NPR’s All Things Considered aired a story about how outside interests lurked behind a glut of ballot measures nationwide. To cover the story, NPR turned to reporters from member stations in Colorado and Maine to compare and contrast what was happening in each state, while also sharing lessons... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 20, 2017 at MVM Consulting
As a candidate, Donald Trump demonized the press, used social media to bypass it, hired a media propagandist to run his campaign, and established a pattern of proffering false statements and then denying doing so when caught. Afterward, the Oxford English Dictionary named the adjective “Post-truth” the word of the... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 21, 2016 at MVM Consulting
Some big news on the fake news front. As you know, we beefed up our coverage of fake news to help readers better sort out fact from fiction on their social media feeds. Now, we’re teaming up with Facebook to continue and hopefully grow that mission. Facebook today announced a... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 16, 2016 at MVM Consulting
If you are hungry for news you can trust, journalism that helps you make decisions about your community, reporting that holds power to account, then this is for you. This is my personal advice for people who want to support journalism that matters. It is just a starting point, it... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 29, 2016 at MVM Consulting
Criminal justice reform is a hot topic these days. Here in New Mexico, the city of Albuquerque is under a federal consent decree to improve its police department, having been found overly reliant on excessive use of force. (In fact, we just completed a trial of two former Albuquerque cops... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at MVM Consulting
Public Radio News Directors Inc. recognized Public Radio Exchange’s John Barth with its Leo C. Lee Award in June during its annual conference in St. Louis. Barth, now chief content officer at PRX, began his career as a public radio journalist at Philadelphia’s WHYY under Bill Siemering, another visionary public... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 29, 2016 at MVM Consulting
Kudos to my colleague Kate Nash Cunningham for writing up this article, re-published below, for MediaShift, capturing the top takeaways from our year-long reporting project, Creative New Mexico -- the latest body of work produced through our 3-year old student-powered reporting lab, New Mexico News Port. It's been a blast... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at MVM Consulting
CPB reports that minorities represent about 17.6 percent of full-time officials and managers in public TV, a figure that has increased from 16.9 percent in 2011. When the 10 minority-operated stations, like WYCC, are excluded, minority representation declines to 13.7 percent. As categorized in CPB’s annual surveys, officials and managers... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 12, 2016 at MVM Consulting
Original reporting, informed dialogue, and sharp debate all contribute to a healthy democracy in local communities. But local news outlets are dwindling as audiences and advertisers shift to digital and mobile platforms, often with a smaller footprint — leaving media deserts in locations where coverage once flourished. At the same... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 24, 2016 at MVM Consulting
A new report by NPR and station leaders summarizes the highs and lows of a two-year effort to increase collaboration. The report confirms that as a result of the effort, more station-based reporters are appearing on NPR newsmagazines. Ten percent of newsmagazine content in 2015 came from stations, nearly double... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 12, 2016 at MVM Consulting
Public media organizations are struggling to recruit news directors and editors to help manage the growing number of collaborations among stations and networks. Newsroom management jobs have always been difficult to fill, according to veteran newsroom consultants, editors and news directors. But the need has become more apparent in recent... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 10, 2016 at MVM Consulting
This presentation of The Podcast Consumer 2016 contains all new data on podcast users in America, derived from the Infinite Dial 2016 study from Edison Research and Triton Digital. The PDF (below) charts the rise of podcasting over the past decade, and also includes information on the following: Demographics Podcast... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 2, 2016 at MVM Consulting
To this day, I haven’t seen a better proposal for redesigning the business model of public media than Stephen Hill’s proposal in 2011 - in which he calls for a public media system built for a digital environment that shares revenue based on usage metrics. Here it is in its entirety. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at MVM Consulting
HURRY! LIMITED SEATING! REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 21st! Third Annual Academy for Public Media News Managers When: June 22-23, 2016 (prior to the start of the PRNDI Conference). Where: Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO Who: Public media news managers, news directors, editors or aspiring news managers from any size... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at MVM Consulting
Despite the proliferation of businesses leveraging technology to disrupt the marketplace, media is probably one sector that many don't consider when it comes to entrepreneurship. Aspiring journalists, too, may not consider entrepreneurship part of their professional path — and it's precisely that mindset that the University of New Mexico wants... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 1, 2016 at MVM Consulting
By Nick Fojud / New Mexico Daily Lobo Carolyn Flynn presents to her and Michael Marcotte's Innovations in Media Entrepreneurship course Friday afternoon at Dane Smith Hall. The course is offered through the Communication and Journalism Department but hosts students with interests in international relations, design, performance and various other... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 23, 2016 at MVM Consulting
Communication & Journalism offers entrepreneurial media course Student journalists will explore ways to create their own careers By Karen Wentworth — January 15, 2016 Mike Marcotte, Travis Gonzales, a Communication & Journalism senior and project assistant and Carolyn Flynn meeting (at Satellite Coffee over caffeine) to prepare new entrepreneurial media... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 15, 2016 at MVM Consulting
The initiative started in March 2014 as a loosely defined attempt to actualize NPR’s collaborative ethos, and over the last year, it has begun to resemble a national newsroom. In March, Bruce Auster, previously NPR’s national security editor, was named the project’s senior editor. In July, NPR began soliciting applications... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 3, 2015 at MVM Consulting
It's enrollment time at the University of New Mexico, and I'm crossing my fingers a few good students will sign up for "Innovations in Media Entrepreneurship" -- an experimental class that should be fun, ground breaking and, frankly, an easy 3-credits! The course is under construction by me and another... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at MVM Consulting
Executive Name Licensee Name City State Compensation Station Expenses salary as % of budget (RED = ABOVE MEDIAN) Radio/TV/Joint License Type Source Form Year Howard Blumenthal MiND TV Philadelphia PA $165,295 $1,657,022 0.100 TV Community 2012 Lackisha Freeman WNCU Durham NC $75,900 $950,642 0.080 Radio University 2013 Jennifer Ridewood Classical... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 19, 2015 at MVM Consulting