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A lot of years ago now, I went to New York City to work for a season in NPR’s Manhattan bureau. I partnered with some great journalists there–Jim Zarroli, Mike Pesca–but it was Margot Adler who welcomed me, propped me up, and made...
Some of you use CBC content and some of you don’t. But major changes just announced by the CBC will certainly affect future programing. Today at least, the most detailed reporting on this is coming out of CBC news: CBC to cut back supper-hour...
If you’ve ever been in desperate need of a job, you’ve probably been a victim of Career Induced Nausea (C.I.N.). This is a term I have coined regarding the phenomenon that occurs after you have been asked, “Where are you interning...
If you listen to NPR's Planet Money podcast, you know what they've been doing all year: following the production of a T-shirt – their T-shirt – from cotton to, well, T-shirt. Their reporting has spanned across continents, and is...
I'm loving Politico's brand new Morning Agriculture column. If you want a quick and easy way to keep up with farm and agriculture policy news, with a deep-politics, inside-the-Beltway focus, this is the read for you, too. The column comes out at 10...

Aug 20, 2014 — American James Foley, who was executed by Islamist militants, had been working for GlobalPost when he disappeared in 2012. GlobalPost CEO Phil Balboni speaks about about Foley and his work.
Aug 20, 2014 — A video in which the extremist group the Islamic State claims to execute American journalist James Foley is authentic, according to U.S. intelligence analysts. Foley was abducted in Syria in 2012.
Aug 20, 2014 — Authorities in the Missouri city are barring protesters and the media from recording their actions, arresting photographers and reporters and insisting that marchers walk instead of stay in one place.
Aug 18, 2014 — NPR TV critic Eric Deggans offers four suggestions beyond replacing host David Gregory for revitalizing NBC's Sunday politics show, based on his own experience as a CNN guest host.
Aug 15, 2014 — Deejays talk about it. Singers sing about it. Press conferences are broadcast live. Liberia's radio stations are devoting much of their airtime to spreading the word: Ebola is real.

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Adirondack Roundtable: "The Unseen Alistair Cooke"

Susan Cooke Kittredge shares memories of her father in a talk entitled, "The Unseen Alistair Cooke." Presented July 7, 2012 in Lake Placid, New York at the Lake Placid Institute's Adirondack Roundtable. Joel Hurd captured the address on video for NCPR.  Go to full article
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Can TV make kids better readers?

More than two decades ago, the Federal Communications Commission enacted the Children's Education Act. The goal was to increase the amount of children's educational programming on television.

Since then, the airwaves have offered a variety of children's television programs that aim to educate as well as entertain. Some shows even try and use television to make better readers.
But have they succeeded? For Front & Center, our collaboration with WBEZ Chicago, Anthony Martinez has the story.  Go to full article
CJHR volunteer Mary Alice Enright with Dai Bassett and Bill Parker

"The People's voice" CJHR celebrates Ottawa Valley Heritage

All sorts of radio stations these days are busy blending old content with modern technology. Staying relevant, while reaching out to new listeners.

Take CJHR, a non-profit station in Renfrew, Ontario. "Valley Heritage Radio" serves up an eclectic mix for a mostly-rural audience. The format is at least half Canadian content, and about 20% of that is local. The station saves space for something called Ottawa Valley music, a country style influenced by Celtic and French roots, refined in lumber camps that once spanned the region.

Lucy Martin dropped by the CJHR booth at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show in March to hear how they're making community radio happen.  Go to full article
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North Country readers lose eyes and ears in DC

An era in north country and national journalism came to a quiet close at the end of March. The Watertown Daily Times closed its Washington, D.C. bureau, laying off...  Go to full article CEO Patrick Ambron works from his office at the Syracuse Tech Garden. Photo: Ryan Delaney, Innovation Trail

Company offers protection for your "brand"

Search engines and social media have put a whole new spin on managing your good name. An entire industry has developed in the quest to control what people find when they...  Go to full article
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Contemporary issues: "The Facebook Effect"

David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, speaks at the Contemporary issues Forum at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. February 28, 2012.  Go to full article
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PBS Amish documentary looks at diversity, highlights North Country communities

A new film called "The Amish" premieres tomorrow night on the PBS program American Experience. There's an advance showing tonight at SUNY Potsdam.

For many people...  Go to full article

Adirondacks media partnership

Two of the most visible media outlets in the Adirondacks are joining forces. The Adirondack Explorer magazine and the Adirondack Almanack on-line blog have formed a...  Go to full article

Curley steps down as head of AP

Earlier this week, Tom Curley announced his retirement after nine years as president and CEO of the Associated Press. The 63 year-old Curley spent his tenure working to...  Go to full article
Nip Rogers' self portrait

Connections in cyberspace, art in real space

Todd Moe talks with Lake Placid artist Nip Rogers about his "Portraits of Other Artists" project and how social networking websites are bringing artists and art together. ...  Go to full article

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