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Innovation in Focus: Public Interactive's Public Action

For public broadcasting stations, "[c]ommunity engagement is part of [the] mission statement," notes Chad Johnson, web producer at Salt Lake City's KUER. Public Interactive's new online community engagement tool, Public Action, is "a strong online tool that is helping us to fulfill [that] mission," making it easier than ever for public broadcasting stations and producers to integrate participatory platforms on their own websites.Read more...

Innovation in Focus: Link TV's Dear American Voter

Link TV's new "Dear American Voter" project is using digital platforms to give the global community a voice in the upcoming election, an event that will shift the policies and direction of the entire world. Individuals can upload their video "letters" to American citizens about how they would vote in the election and why, how American policies have affected their lives, and what they think the priorities for the new Administration should be. Read more...

Innovation in Focus: ITVS's Fatworld

As American youth reach unprecedented levels of obesity, ITVS Interactive and PBS’s Emmy-award–winning weekly series Independent Lens are using a new kind of media to help find a solution to this complex problem. FATWORLD is an experimental, online video game that explores the relationships between obesity, nutrition and socioeconomics in the United States. Launched in January 2008, and downloaded 53,000 times in the two weeks after its release, the project demonstrates how public media can open a dialogue on deeply rooted social and economic problems, as well as the increasing opportunities to reach out to youth through online games and other digital media.

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Innovation in Focus: The National Black Programming Consortium's New Media Institute

The NBPC’s New Media Institute, which held its second training workshop in November, is a vivid example of how public broadcasters can shape the future of public media. NBPC is training professionals in state-of-the-art digital and web tools, to tell powerful stories in new ways. This season’s workshop--held in Jackson, Mississippi, in partnership with Mississippi Public Broadcasting--focused on the culture of the Mississippi Delta region and the impact of American jazz.Read more...

Big Think serves as a global public forum for discussion and debate

A new project called BigThink is making it easier for the public to find reliable, credible information on the Internet, as well as allowing individuals to make their expertise heard on important issues. The digital age offers the public an abundance of information, empowering individuals to make informed decisions on important issues, but the sheer volume of content makes it difficult to discern what's reliable and what's not.Read more...