MAB & Poynter’s Sensemaking Summit for Journalists
Saturday, September 10 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Crown Plaza, Lansing
The workshop will help journalists ask key questions that will make your reporting more reliable and make your journalism stand out from others who just report what they read or hear.
Presented by: Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online at Poynter Institute, and Elissa Yancey, Director of Special Projects, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati
The workshop will help journalists:
- Sort through claims about some of the hottest topics in this political year, including immigration, climate change and gun control.
- Discover the money trail behind candidates to see who is supporting them, including front groups for major businesses and industries.
- Show how political commercials manipulate the truth by using out-of-context facts, emotional music and patriotic images.
- Show how to look critically at online and social media posts to determine if they are real.
- Show how all sources are not created equal – and how your choices of the right ones can make your work better and more accurate.
- Help find the hidden metadata on digital online images.
- Teach how to verify and decode the science behind “scientific” studies.
- Teach the key questions you should ask about every study before you report the study’s claims.
- Help see the difference between correlation and causation.
- Share the four key questions every journalist should ask on every assignment.
To be considered for this free workshop, complete this form. All professional journalists who apply will be accepted, if space allows. You will receive a follow-up email from Poynter with more logistical details. This regional workshop is free for MAB and MAPB members!
Thanks to the support from the MAB, Participant Media and the Poynter Institute. You are on your own for the hotel and travel, but we are open to hardship pleas. Please complete that part of the application if you need a travel stipend.
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Greater Media has extended WCSX-FM Morning Personality Jim O’Brien’s contract with a multi-year deal.
O’Brien joined Trudi Daniels as co-host of the morning show in December of 2013. Prior to that, he served as a long-time producer and on-air contributor at the station.
“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Jim,” said Steve Chessare, VP/Market Manager of Greater Media Detroit. He has played an important role in the success of the station and is a valuable part of our family.”
“It’s an honor being part of the WCSX family here in Detroit,” said O’Brien. “Thanks to everyone at Greater Media for making this possible for me and my family.”
The EMU Department of Athletics and Cumulus Media Ann Arbor have agreed to a partnership for the upcoming year that will include the broadcast of a weekly coaches show along with numerous cross-promotional activities across three of the Cumulus Ann Arbor stations. This agreement includes broadcast of a weekly coaches show and cross-promotion activities surrounding the “All E Show” for the 2016-17 athletic campaign which will have a familiar spot on the radio dial starting in August.
The agreement involves radio stations W4 County (102.9 WWWW-FM), Ann Arbor’s 107.1 (WQKL-FM) and Sports Talk 1050 (WTKA-AM).
The weekly coaches show, branded as the “All E Show,” is hosted by EMU Associate Athletic Director Greg Steiner and will air on WTKA-AM. The first show is scheduled for August 29.
“Eastern Michigan University is an integral part of this community,” said Matt Spaulding, the Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media Ann Arbor. “We believe that through this partnership we will, together, provide a platform which celebrates the student-athlete, the vibrancy of EMU’s athletic program and provide the oxygen to the heart of Eastern Michigan University Athletics.”
“We are grateful and excited that WTKA has agreed to serve as the home of the ‘All E Show’ for EMU Athletics,” said EMU Vice President/Director of Athletics Heather Lyke.
Cumulus Media Ann Arbor will be cross-promoting the show throughout the year, which will include select giveaways for fans, such as free tickets to EMU home games. Also, as part of the agreement, EMU will receive on-site broadcasts and appearances throughout the year at select home events.
WEMU-FM will continue to be the flagship station for broadcasts of football and men’s and women’s basketball games.
Midwest Communications has announced that Steve Mills has joined the company as Director of Operations and Programming for its stations in Kalamazoo.
Mills was formerly with Cumulus Media and Westwood One, based in Atlanta. Over his 22-year career, Mills has been a PD, OM, VP/Programming, Consultant, GSM, Director of Sales and Opeations and Digital Manager in markets such as Topeka, Wichita, Kansas City, Tucson, Phoenix, Omaha and Atlanta.
We are at an interesting time in our industry with a number of important developments on the horizon that will reshape the way we operate. Just as our businesses have evolved over time, the MAB must evolve to meet the demands of its members.
We’d like to personally invite you to participate in one of two focus groups to help gauge the current climate in the broadcast and media industry. Your participation in this process is critical; we want to hear from all of our members.
This is your chance to really make an impact, share your thoughts and concerns and help build an association that is there for you and that can help you do your job even better.
We, as an organization, are once again preparing for a new era by working with our state’s Broadcast and Media Leaders to set a course for the future of the MAB.
The options are:
- Tuesday, August 16 from 2pm-3pm (via conference call).
- Tuesday, August 30 from 4pm-5pm at the MAB Advocacy Conference, in-person at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.
Click here to select which focus group you would like to participate in.
Ed Fernandez Karole L. White
E.W. Scripps Co. MAB President/CEO
MAB Chairman of the Board
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) is making available to its members the Michigan Digital Media Census for Broadcasters. The study presents an in-depth look at the current use and footprint of digital media for all our broadcast stations.
Over the course of the survey, which included data collected through the online survey and collected over the phone, 81 surveys were filled out. These 81 surveys included 155 radio and television stations from every market across the state of Michigan, resulting in a 51% response rate.
The survey is available for download by members here. (member password required)
The MAB, in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), is proud to present the latest study regarding the impact of local broadcasting on Michigan’s economy.
Woods & Poole Economics reports that Michigan broadcasters, with 332 commercial radio stations, 42 commercial television stations and 20 low-power/class A television stations, are responsible for 73,940 jobs that depend on local radio and television. The economic impact on Michigan is nearly $34 billion.
Scroll to page 30 for the Michigan-specific information of the Woods & Poole report here.
Michigan broadcasters annually make $53,360,686 in charitable contributions, provide $81,636,827 in disaster relief, and donate $195,349,264 in air-time each year. Additionally, each Michigan broadcaster, on average, airs 178 public service announcements each week. All-in-all, that’s a total public service contribution of $330,346,777 annually!
Read more about the public service efforts of Michigan broadcasters here.
Broadcasters are encouraged to use this information when talking to their lawmakers locally, statewide and in Washington.
The MAB thanks the National Association of Broadcasters for their assistance in compiling this information. Please feel to contact MAB Government Relations Manager Elena Palombo with any questons: email@example.com.
Cumulus Media has moved Grand Rapids-based Regional Operations Manager John Crenshaw to its cluster in Youngstown, Ohio, where he will serve as Operations Manager.
Crenshaw came to Grand Rapids in August 2013 and was responsible for the 32 Cumulus stations outside of Detroit and was also program director for WTNR-FM.
This Thursday (7/28), Jacobs Media will present a FREE webinar titled: “Facebook Live for Radio Broadcasters.” How can your radio station use the new Facebook Live feature to connect with its audience? Jacobs Media Strategies’ “Digital Dot Connector,” Seth Resler, will introduce you to Facebook Live and offer best practices for using this tool. Learn how you can use it to promote and brand your station.
Register for the webinar here.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) reminds television broadcasters broadcasters, whose signals were carried as distant signals by at least one cable system in 2015, that they must file a claim with the Copyright Royalty Board no later than August 1, 2016.
If a station fails to file within this time frame, it cannot collect any royalties for 2015.
Broadcasters can file claims online through the Copyright Office’s website. Details on how to file a claim are provided in an NAB Counsel Memo, available here. For further assistance, contact NAB’s legal counsel: Ann Mace at (202) 624-2711 or Suzanne Head at (202) 429-5302.