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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.
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REPOSTING FROM ASU SITE. BIG NEWS IN PUBLIC MEDIA.October 26, 2018 The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has awarded a grant of $1.1 million to Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to develop and manage the Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative. The two-year initiative will provide training for 100 editors to strengthen their ability to lead public media’s growing newsrooms and collaborations while upholding the highest editorial standards. ASU's Cronkite School is establishing an initiative that will provide training for 100 editors to strengthen their ability to lead public media’s growing newsrooms and collaborations through a $1.1 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Download Full Image “Skilled, effective editors are vital to the success of public media’s journalism as they oversee the development of content that informs our country’s civil discourse,” said Kathy Merritt, CPB’s senior vice president of journalism and radio. “This initiative will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at Mike Marcotte
Journalism School Educators Academy – The Whole Story. On July 12 and 13, nine journalism educators from universities across the United States gathered in Portland to take part in the inaugural Solutions Journalism Educators Academy at the University of Oregon’s George S. Turnbull Portland Center. The Academy is an initiative of the Catalyst Journalism Project. Kathryn Thier, a University of Oregon instructor and leading expert on the practice and teaching of solutions journalism, developed and taught the intense two-day training on teaching solutions journalism at the collegiate level. Thier covered sessions on teaching the four qualities; framing, sourcing and finding solutions stories; advocacy, rigor and impostors; community engagement and interviewing; story structure; creating learning goals and objectives; and refining assignments and instructional activities. Nicole Dahmen and Brent Walth, also UO faculty members, contributed sessions on how solutions journalism connects with visual communication and investigative reporting. In addition, participants heard from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2018 at Mike Marcotte
Letter from the executive director: Announcing ‘Local that Works’ finalists | Current “What is happening in public media is the best-kept secret in America. Stations are amplifying under-covered stories, seeking solutions and doing a good job with limited resources. We have to shout from the rooftops how public media is improving people’s lives.” The four finalists for 2018 are: Alaska Public Media in Anchorage for “Community in Unity” — a solutions-based journalism project that convenes face-to-face conversations between people who would normally never interact, such as incarcerated people and those who’ve never been in a prison. KALW-FM in San Francisco for “The Intersection” — a radio series that documents the social, demographic and economic changes in Bay Area neighborhoods through the voices and stories of people who live and work near a specific intersection or corner. PBS Charlotte for “3D: Dreamers, Doers, Destiny” — a multiyear, multifaceted initiative to engage... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Mike Marcotte
Beloved war correspondent Ernie Pyle would've turned 118 years old today. He never reached his 45th birthday, as he died instantly from a Japanese sniper shot to his head during a battle in Okinawa. The Pulitzer-winning Pyle was among the most famous journalists during WWII, revered for his honest, folksy accounts of the boys in the trenches. Born in rural Indiana, he planned to retire in New Mexico, where he had built a small wood-frame house on a hill in Albuquerque. That house became the Ernie Pyle Branch Library, the first branch in the Albuquerque-Bernalillo Public Library System. Librarian Leslie Fox asked me to speak at today's Ernie Pyle Day celebration. Here are my remarks. Thanks to Leslie Fox for putting this together… and thanks to presenter Ron Paneboeuf (from NM Veteran's Memorial Park, who talked about Pyle's connection with New Mexican war cartoonist Bill Maudlin)… and thanks to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Mike Marcotte
News From Your Neighborhood, Brought to You by the State of New Jersey - The New York Times. Like publications in the rest of the country, New Jersey’s suburban newspapers pulled back as their business model vaporized, leaving fewer reporters to dig into local scandals or dispatch to neighborhood events. Tiny outfits like The Village Green, which covers two North Jersey towns, have sought to fill the void. The website recently featured articles about a coming vote on installing a four-way stop sign in South Orange and an update on an overnight police chase. Mary Mann, one of The Village Green’s two editors, juggles writing stories with running the website, working from her kitchen counter when she is not at meetings or protests. “I would love for us to have more county coverage,” Ms. Mann said, adding to her wish list more reporting on public schools, affordable housing and how... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Mike Marcotte
“Known but not discussed”: Low-income people aren’t getting quality news and information. What can the industry do about it? » Nieman Journalism Lab. “Known but not discussed”: Low-income people aren’t getting quality news and information. What can the industry do about it? » Nieman Journalism Lab Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Mike Marcotte
(From Judith Smelser Editing & Consulting March 2018 Newsletter) It was early 2014. I'd just left my job as managing editor at Colorado Public Radio and launched into the world of self employment as an independent public media consultant, trainer, and editor. Then-PRNDI President George Bodarky and longtime trainer and consultant Mike Marcotte asked for my help with a new project that PRNDI hoped would fill a major gap in the public media training world: a workshop for current and aspiring news managers. This was a subject close to my heart. Like many public media news directors, I had been thrust into the job for the first time when my predecessor stepped away. I was a pretty decent reporter, but I had no idea how to run a newsroom, much less how to manage the colorful personalities that tend to inhabit newsrooms. I learned by trial and error, but it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at Mike Marcotte
SEATING IS LIMITED. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 15th! Fifth Annual PRNDI News Manager Training & Certification When: June 20-21, 2018 (prior to the start of the PRNDI Conference) Where: DoubleTree Hotel, Philadelphia, PA Who: Public media news directors, managers or aspiring news managers from any size shop, any experience level. Seating limited to the first 20 applicants. What: Two-day training on essentials of modern public media newsroom management, resulting in a custom action-plan and a PRNDI certificate of completion. "Presenters were well-prepared, organized and very helpful." -- Aaron Schachter, WGBH Why PRNDI provides this important training Today's newsroom leaders face BIG challenges: they set editorial strategy and ethical standards for their organizations; they plan short-term and long-range coverage; they assign and edit stories to serve changing audience needs; they manage people and budgets; and, they're helping navigate a digital future for public media journalism. This dynamic, interactive two-day workshop will focus... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Mike Marcotte
Democracy Fund establishes two new local funds By Teresa Gorman and Josh Stearns Local news is critical to a healthy democracy, and we believe that the future of local news is local. This simple idea has shaped the way Democracy Fund has thought about its work to support and strengthen the public square in America. Today, we are announcing two new locally-based and locally-driven funds – totaling more than $2 million – that will invest in ideas, people, and organizations that are working to ensure people have access to the news and information they need in these communities. The funds will focus on building more healthy news ecosystems as a vital part of just communities and a healthy democracy. These funds are not focused on maintaining the status quo in local news, but on pushing forward changes that improve how journalism serves the public and makes news and information more... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 25, 2018 at Mike Marcotte
Author’s Pretext: In Part One, I described the evolution of the New Mexico News Port as an innovation-collaboration-publication lab seated in the Communications & Journalism Department at the University of New Mexico. We explored how it started, how it now operates, its successes and challenges, and what the lab could become. In this part, I flip the telescope around and describe this teaching-hospital-model from the vantage point of the classroom instructor. This series is my contribution to the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism’s “Disruptive Educator” program, for which I was named a 2017 Fellow. I welcome your questions and comments. In the Classroom: Where the Heavy Lifting Happens Busy is the journalism instructor who succeeds in publishing every student in his reporting course. It’s not enough to impart best practices, set a deadline and then give a grade on a paper or test. Rather, you have to guide every story... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Mike Marcotte
I figure the big J-programs like Cronkite, Missou, Grady and the like are light years ahead in the Teaching-Hospital-Model of journalism They’ve grown the culture and have the resources to launch working newsrooms that produce real-world journalism from inside their schools. But what about the rest of us? Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Mike Marcotte
Imagine that public broadcasting never happened in the United States — that the educational stations and networks never formed; that the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 never passed; that NPR, PBS and all of their hundreds of member stations never existed. Now imagine that this year, in 2017, there was a sudden, national wave of interest in creating a new media system subsidized by taxpayer dollars. What would such a system look like? via Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 8, 2017 at Mike Marcotte
While the simplistic analysis of the value of public media based on the sole metric of abundant distribution and content options is wrong, it is vital to understand the technology and market changes – most importantly the confluent forces, discussed below, of big bandwidth, big data and big media – that are transforming the environment for media enterprises. These developments are already disrupting, restructuring, and in some cases, destroying parts of the media ecosystem. via Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 8, 2017 at Mike Marcotte
“In public radio, there's this person we consider, called ‘Mary,’” said Sarah Alvarez, a recent John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford. “Sometimes, when people are pitching stories, somebody will say, ‘Well, why would Mary care about that?’ And Mary is in her 50s, she's well-educated, she's white, she's affluent. And Mary is not Maria, you know?” via Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 8, 2017 at Mike Marcotte
This unhealthy nexus between taxpayer funding and journalism has been a feature, not a bug, of public broadcasting from the start. The CPB was created by the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, the broadcasting component of Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society. The Act had a noble pedigree. Its roots can be found in the missionary zeal of 19th century New England Yankee educational reformists, whose tastes and cultural proclivities left an indelible imprint on many of America’s leading intellectual institutions. The belief by these Boston Brahmins that much of America was a cultural Appalachia upon which the New England habits of self-improvement could be imposed found a niche in the revolutionary new media of the 20th century. But this history also contains the roots of something less palatable: a sometimes patronizing approach (perhaps also harking back to the sneering patricians), which rankles many Americans. Newt Gingrich quipped in 1996, “I... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 8, 2017 at Mike Marcotte
“The biggest crisis in America is the crisis of local news,” New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet said on a panel in Silicon Valley in May 2017. The Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal will be fine, Baquet argued. “We have to figure out the Buffalos, the New Orleans, the Atlantas ... so if a school board does something important in a suburb of New Orleans or Atlanta, it's covered. … I would say to philanthropists and local leaders, you should think of a way to sustain local journalism," Baquet said, according to media journal Poynter. "I don’t know what that model is."[8] via Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 8, 2017 at Mike Marcotte
I have a lot of sympathy for governments and regulators trying to navigate today's media and culture landscape. Nobody wants to be the Donald Trump of culture policy, bailing out of international agreements and promising to bring back the coal jobs. And nobody really wants to turn back the clock. via Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 8, 2017 at Mike Marcotte
MIAMI – Dec. 7, 2017 – What is the role of the public media system in a digitally-driven 21st century? How might the system change to inform community today? These are the principal questions addressed in six white papers released today, commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The body of work provides diverse and provocative perspectives on ways the public media system could or should reimagine itself for the 21st century. via Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 8, 2017 at Mike Marcotte
You got promoted! Great. Now what? Years of journalism training haven’t necessarily prepared you for the art of managing people. You might even find yourself supervising your peers. Before you know it, you stop getting those invitations to happy hour. You are the boss. via It was fun to chat with Current's "The Pub" podcast guest host Annie Russell along with my training partner Judith Smelser about my favorite topic: newsroom management. Annie is a natural in the host role. Judith, of course, is brilliant. Enjoy! Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 19, 2017 at Mike Marcotte
For the past year, the Center for Cooperative Media has studied the rise of collaborative journalism. Working cooperatively is nothing new, to be sure, but how frequently and impactfully news organizations have been collaborating over the last few years is certainly something new. Dramatically shifting business models, technological advances and seismic shifts in audience have lead to groundbreaking and award-winning collaborations around the world, including the Panama Papers and Electionland. Today the Center released its first full research paper on this topic, identifying six distinct models of collaborative journalism. The report, authored by Center research director Sarah Stonbely, explains the underpinnings of each model and also explores the history of collaborative journalism. “As we document, collaborative journalism is now being practiced on a scale that constitutes a revolution in journalism,” Stonbely writes. “The many trials and errors of the last decade have generated cooperative efforts that have stood the test... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 29, 2017 at Mike Marcotte
The crisis in journalism has become a crisis for our democracy. We need a new model that will strengthen journalism, enrich communities, empower citizens and restore trust in media by developing and sustaining a new wave of journalists to serve local news organizations in under-covered corners of America. Think ‘Teach for America’ for journalists — a public service program we call Report for America. The initiative, launching in early 2018, draws on successes of national and community service movements, as well as recent innovations in local news. An initiative of the nonprofit media organization The GroundTruth Project, it is structured to harness the skill and idealism of an emerging group of journalists plus the creative spirit of local news organizations. RFA will NOT be government funded. Rather, its unique structure and funding formula will dramatically expand the base of donors supporting local journalism. Early supporters include: Google News Lab, The... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 19, 2017 at Mike Marcotte
Hundreds of local and regional radio and television stations comprise the U.S. public media system. On the audio side, organizations such as NPR, American Public Media (APM) and Public Radio International (PRI) produce and distribute programming, reaching audiences through local stations as well as digital channels. Individual stations, such as New York’s WNYC and Chicago’s WBEZ, produce nationally syndicated original journalism as well. On the television side, PBS NewsHour produces an evening newscast that airs on local PBS stations around the country. The organization has a digital operation as well. On the whole, the news offerings of U.S. public broadcasters have been marked by relative financial stability and, in the past year, audience growth. Explore the patterns and longitudinal data about public broadcasting below. via Fresh data from the Pew State of the News Media researchers. This fact sheet on public broadcasting shows continued growth in audience, platform uses... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 7, 2017 at Mike Marcotte
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 service: the special service district. The United States currently hosts more than 30,000 special service districts, which fund everything from local fire departments and water infrastructure projects to sanitation services and hospitals. Special service districts are paid for by taxes or annual fees assessed in a geographic area; and, in turn, they deliver services to the communities that fund them. They can be created by town councils or voted into existence via referendum. via This is a completely new idea to me. It's quite brilliant, really. Coming from public media, I see this as flipping federal funding of public... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 19, 2017 at Mike Marcotte
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: Stations know they have to “be more local.” This requires a complex, expensive reorganization of staff, acquisition of new technology and new skills and creation of new, highly valued local services — everything from local journalism to greater involvement in cultivating local music. This is why I am partnering with Current in a search for new models of “Local that Works.” You can submit your ideas and projects to our search and potentially secure a $5,000 prize for the best example, which will be featured in a general session at Super Regional meeting in September. Our editorial network needs to... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 6, 2017 at Mike Marcotte
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 from documentary makers, a VR expert, and the owners of an alternative online magazine. The event, which attracted a hip crowd of around 100 attendees, was organized by one of Belgium’s largest legacy media organizations, the public broadcaster VRT. via I love this. Local public radio stations all around the U.S. should have a strategy similar to this -- open the doors to the media makers in the community. Encourage and empower them. It's about getting on your airwaves, necessarily. Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 6, 2017 at Mike Marcotte