FIVE RESOURCES FOR PUBLIC MEDIA
Over the last 11 years, over 220 producers from PBS stations and independent media communities nationwide have participated in the CPB/PBS Producers Workshop at WGBH. To share their experiences and accomplishments, these Workshop graduates have created a showcase: the Producers Workshop Online (PWO). This social media network is full of resources and opportunities for all public media producers. Dive deeper into our wonderful community by reading about five resources you can take advantage of.
• Find a producer
When you’re looking for a media producer who matches the vision and skills you need, try browsing the pool of up-and-coming professionals in the PWO. You’ll know they were selected for their interest in public media and their fine work – and then trained by top PBS producers and executives. Search by location to find someone in your area, or browse members’ pages to read about their projects.
• Expand your knowledge
Learn from top-tier national producers in the “Tips” section of the site, on topics ranging from writing and editing to post-production, digital media and transparency in journalism. Share these expert resources with your station or company’s production staff.
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Their social network is a terrific and too-often-untapped resource for public media professionals and organizations to find new producing partners and get industry trends and insights. In the next month they working with the National Center for Media Engagement, an organization committed to advancing public media’s ability to engage communities, to raise awareness of PWO.
• Post job opportunities
Staffing is critical to a great production. Where do you recruit? Through the PWO, you can tap into talent by posting your job opportunities. Just contact executive director Judith Vecchione and she’ll publish your listings on PWO.
• Learn about new grants & funding
The Workshop’s Forum is a great place to find or post grant and funding opportunities. Stay in the know about funding opportunities for your station’s production, and add your own by contacting executive director Judith Vecchione, who will post them for you.
• Get production insights
Workshop graduates and speakers are on the forefront of media production. (Just recently NCME’s Jennifer MacArthur spoke on the importance of community engagement in production.) Read insights, conversations and comments to stay abreast of industry trends and production techniques.