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NPR’s Schiller: “Our Plans For Going Forward Is More”

schiller.jpgNPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller claims she is an optimist, yet she opened her keynote address at’s UGCX conference with a scary premise. “I’d like to start by really, really depressing you,” she said.

Schiller then took a moment to run quickly through some sad statistics of the media industry — statistics we know all too well. Like, for example, 11 percent of full time news jobs were cut in 2008. Or that major newspapers in San Francisco and Boston lose about $1 million a day. Ouch.

“This is pretty grim stuff,” Schiller admitted. “But we’re in the middle of such a change, an evolution or revolution in the news business.”

Schiller said she remains optimistic because new models will rise out of the ashes of the dying media business model.

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NPR Announced New Investigative Project – Legitimizes Bloggers in the Process

We posted the whole release which is interesting and there for your perusal. What struck us is the use of the phrase “well-qualified pool of journalist bloggers.” That’s right “journalist bloggers.”

If NPR uses it – even just in their press release – it’s lexicon admitted!


Washington, DC, Oct.2, 2009 – NPR will launch a new journalism project to develop in-depth, local coverage on topics critical to communities and the nation, in a new effort funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the groups announced today.

The new funding – $2 million from CPB and $1 million from Knight Foundation – provides a pilot group of NPR stations with the resources to expand original reporting, and to curate, distribute and share online content about high-interest, specialized subjects. It is the first time that CPB and Knight Foundation have jointly funded a project of this type.

The two-year pilot will help a dozen stations establish themselves as definitive sources of news on a topic selected by each one as most relevant to its community, such as city politics, the changing economy, health care, immigration or education. These online reports will help fill the growing gap in local news offerings.

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Rather’s CBS Suit Dismissed|Gannett Says Thirds Q Results Will Surpass Expectations|Advanstar Restructures|NPR CEO Vivian Schiller

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TVNewser: Dan Rather‘s $70 million lawsuit against former employer CBS Corp. has been dismissed. And in other CBS news, check out this profile of “60 Minutes” correspondent Byron Pitts, who reveals he was functionally illiterate until he was 12.

Associated Press: Gannett‘s shares jumped 18 percent in premarket trading today after the media company announced that its third quarter earnings were likely to surpass expectations. Gannett will publish its earnings October 19.

Folio: Advanstar Communications announced a restructuring, cutting its debts by $385 million.

More: A profile of Vivian Schiller, president and CEO of National Public Radio. “We have a lot of women in senior leadership,” Schiller said of NPR. “I was the first female CEO. But our head of news is a woman, our general counsel is a woman, our new senior vice president of administration and finance is a woman, our head of communication is a woman. The spirit of Cokie [Roberts] and Linda [Wertheimer] and Nina [Totenberg] and Susan [Stamberg[ very much pervades it.”

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller: ‘Local is the Big Play’

vschiller.jpgThe interview we did a few weeks back with NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller is now up on This past January Schiller left her position at the, where she’d led the team responsible for the Times‘ much-admired Web overhaul, to take on what she describes as her dream job at NPR.

Schiller arrives at NPR at an interesting moment — it’s no secret newspapers are struggling to stay afloat and amidst the dramatic decline in local and international newspaper reporting, NPR, along with its 860 member stations and 38 international bureaus, is well-positioned to step in and fill in the gap.

Schiller spoke at some length about NPR’s local strength, its plans to capitalize on that, and what her long term plans are for the organization.

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NPR Sees Considerable Rise in Listener Numbers

0623gggnpr-cvr.jpgAmidst daily talk about the death of news and good reporting and the demise of print newspapers being a threat to democracy as we know it NPR is thriving. WaPo is reporting that the cumulative audience for NPR‘s daily news programs hit 20.9 million people a week last year, which is a 9 percent increase over the previous year.

Surprised? Probably you shouldn’t be (our tour through cable-land last week certainly gave us an even greater appreciation). We have an soon-to-be-posted interview with new NPR CEO Vivian Schiller and during our conversation she talked a lot about local being the big play at NPR as well as the audiences devotion to the brand. And certainly as local and international reporting are increasingly cut as a result of the recession, NPR and its member stations, along with its 38 bureaus around the world (more than CNN) are well-positioned to step in and fill in the gap. And the numbers are definitely interesting.

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NPR’s Schiller Responds to Shafer Over Newspaper Endowment Plan

68_new_york_times_lg.jpgDuring an interview we just did with NPR CEO Vivian Schiller today for an upcoming ‘So What Do You Do?‘ feature, Schiller directed us to her response last week to Jack Shafer‘s piece ‘The Case Against Foundation Ownership of The New York Times‘, which we had somehow missed. In his column Shafer argues against the idea of endowment as a solution to the financial woes of newspapers. Schiller, who just last month left her post as head of to take up as head of NPR, had this to say:

It has been surreal to follow the debate that has unfolded in recent weeks on the subject of endowing news organizations — as if this is a new idea. And, we are non-commercial and not-for-profit. NPR is supported by philanthropists, grants, corporate sponsorship, and by our member stations. (They are funded similarly, and well as by millions of listeners nationwide). Our endowment was formed in 1993 and stands at $205 million. We are the living, breathing prototype of the kind of operation David Swenson, Steve Coll, Jack Shafer and others are imagining — and imagining to be revolutionary.

So let me inject some reality into the debate! (You can read the rest of her reality check here!)

NPR Taps NYT‘s Vivian Schiller As President and CEO

NPR logo.jpgNPR announced today that after an eight month search they have named Vivian Schiller President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 5, 2009. Schiller comes to NPR from The New York Times Company where she is currently serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Per the press release:

During her tenure at The New York Times, she led the day-to-day operations of, the largest newspaper website on the Internet, overseeing product, technology, marketing, classifieds, strategic planning and business development. Before joining, Ms. Schiller spent four years as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications.

Full release after the jump.

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FBLA Exclusive: Alan Miller Leaving LAT For Much, Much Better Things

It’s a rare reporter who leaves daily news to try to make journalism a better institution. From our inbox this morning:

You asked several weeks ago if I was taking the latest buyout at the Los Angeles Times. I apologize for not responding sooner. But I want to let you know that I am leaving the paper after 21 memorable years, including nearly 19 years in the Washington bureau. My last day is March 28.

As you may know, I’m one of two remaining charter members of the bureau’s high-profile investigative team (started five editors and 14 years ago) and one of three Pulitzer winners in the bureau’s history (2003). This was one of more than a dozen national awards that I shared with my colleagues, including the Polk Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and two IRE awards.

With Robin Fields departing as well, the bureau’s I-team, which just a year ago had seven members, including Kevin Sack, my partner on the Harrier, will be down to three.

I’m leaving the paper but not the battlefield. I have a planning grant from the Knight Foundation to bring journalists and retired journalists into secondary schools to give students the tools to become smarter and more frequent consumers and producers of credible information across all media. My former editor, John Carroll, Vivian Schiller, who runs, and Chuck Lewis, who founded the Center for Public Integrity, are among my advisory board members.

I’ve spoken to many journalists, educators and social entrepreneurs in recent months, and have generated promising ideas, participation and initial support for Appleseed: The News Literacy Project. “The concept of reaching out to the younger generation through those of us who have experienced classical journalism and appreciate the First Amendment is long overdue,” Philadelphia Inquirer Editor Bill Marimow told me recently. “In my opinion, this project is one of great importance, and great urgency.”

I look forward to keeping up with LA Times, as well as the rest of the media world, through your site.

Alan C. Miller

Good luck, Alan!

TimesSelect To Go Free … To College Kids

Thomas Friedman approves

As part of its “journalistic mission to get people talking on campuses,” is set to give free access for its often-ridiculed TimesSelect content to all those with a “.edu” e-mail address. The open access begins March 13. Vivian Schiller, senior vice president and general manager at “We wanted to open that up so that college students and professors can have a dialogue.”

The Times also wanted to drum up buzz for its “Win a Trip with Nick” contest, in which op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof, chooses one college or graduate student and one middle or high school teacher to accompany him on a June trip to Africa.


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    FBLA hopes that the new web regime at the Los Angeles Times makes good use of the vast amount of talent here in the city. Arch-rival is going to feature user-produced options around Valentine’s Day for couples featured in the paper’s Weddings & Celebrations section. Vivian Schiller told Rachel Smolkin of the AJR that NY Times readers are:

    very creative, very smart, so what we anticipate is we’re going to get a really interesting diversity of video

    Considering how lousy the official videos are, Schiller better pray that every stockbroker bride hires Scorsese to shoot her big moment.

    So, c’mon, LATimes. com–this is the home of film–ditch those KTLA clowns and get some real shooters and producers. Over at LAObserved , Jacob Soboroff is getting some great stuff. Hint, hint.