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Journalists' Convention Highlights Public Broadcasting, IdahoPTV Reporter

September 16 2009 by Peter Morrill

On August 17, IdahoPTV Producer/Reporter/Host Thanh Tan traveled to Boston to organize and moderate a community forum at WGBH's Yawkey Theater on the state of public broadcasting.

The event was held in conjunction with the annual Asian American Journalists Convention. The panel featured notable figures in the industry, including: Frontline Senior Producer Raney Aronson-Rath, OnPoint Host Tom Ashbrook, The World's Managing Editor Jonathan Dyer, Center for Asian American Media Executive Director Stephen Gong, Frontline Podcast Producer/Sound Tracks Correspondent Arun Rath, Association of Independents in Radio Executive Director Sue Schardt, and WGBH Education Foundation Executive Judith Vecchione. The audience consisted of over 50 individuals representing WGBH, the Boston community, independent filmmakers, commercial journalists in AAJA, students, and funders.

An AAJA session

In spite of the weak economy, the speakers focused their discussions on opportunities for those seeking to produce content for PBS and NPR, the role of technology and new media in making even the most venerable programs more inclusive, and ways for journalists to reinvent their careers regardless of whether they work in public or commercial broadcasting. Thanh believes the overall tone of the discussion was optimistic and showcased public broadcasting's unique relationship with its viewers and listeners. The forum was followed by a guided tour of WGBH's state-of-the-art facility. I'd like to thank the Idaho State Broadcasters Association for granting Thanh a travel stipend.

View the forum, "Public Broadcasting: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow."

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