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Public Outreach Campaign Tied to Ken Burns’s Film THE ADDRESS, Premiering

April 15, 2014 on Alaska Public Media and KYUK-TV

 

LINCOLN@GETTYSBURG, the Story of Lincoln’s Pioneering Use of the Telegraph and Its Impact on the Gettysburg Address,

Airing November 19, 2013 on Alaska Public Media and KYUK-TV

 

 

Ken Burns announced today a major national public outreach campaign in advance of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address — November 19, 2013 — to challenge everyone across the country, especially students, to learn about and read aloud the Gettysburg Address.

The initiative, in conjunction with PBS and WETA, will run through April 15, 2014, when Burns’s THE ADDRESS, a 90-minute feature-length documentary, will air Alaska Public Media and KYUK-TV.

The campaign will use social media and videos from public figures, political leaders, entertainers and Lincoln historians reading the Gettysburg Address to encourage people to submit their own videos to www.learntheaddress.org.

Among those submitting videos are Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barak Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Senators Marco Rubio, Charles Schumer and Jay Rockefeller, former Governors Charlie Crist, Mario Cuomo, and Jim Gilmore, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rabbi Peter Rubinstein, Wolf Blitzer, Warren Buffet, Carol Burnett, Louis CK, Stephen Colbert, Bill Gates, Whoopi Goldberg, David Gregory, Arianna Huffington, Gwen Ifill, Jimmy Kimmel, Vicky Lawrence, Rachel Maddow, Alyssa Milano, Rita Moreno, Conan O’Brien, Bill O’Reilly, Robin Roberts, Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Schieffer, Steven Spielberg, Martha Stewart, Taylor Swift, Uma Thurman, Nina Totenberg, Usher, Shane Victorino and more.  These videos — and those submitted by any member of the public — will be uploaded to the project’s web site beginning today.  Burns will also be in Gettysburg on the 150th anniversary to film ordinary Americans reciting the Gettysburg Address.

The campaign is inspired by the subject of Burns’s film THE ADDRESS, which tells the story of a tiny school in Putney Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

“In his address, President Lincoln said, ‘The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,’ and yet 150 years later, the students of the Greenwood School are using his momentous words to overcome adversity,” Burns said. “We want to tell this story to inspire everyone across the nation, especially school children, to learn the rich history of American freedom and sacrifice embedded in one of the most important declarations ever made.”

The Greenwood School students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences that make their personal, academic and social progress challenging. THE ADDRESS reveals how President Lincoln’s historic words motivate and engage these students a century-and-a-half after President Lincoln  delivered a speech that would go on to embolden the Union cause with some of the most stirring words ever spoken.

“THE ADDRESS is an extraordinary film that directly connects this historic speech with people today, making history come alive in the way only Ken and his team can accomplish,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and GM of General Audience Programming at PBS. “Through our social media platforms and extensive outreach arm, along with those of local stations, we hope to create a national moment to celebrate our history and our country today.”

A standards-based education curriculum designed to help students understand why the Gettysburg Address is regarded as one of the finest political speeches of all time, along with tips and strategies for memorization is also in development.  The lesson plans and activities will be available to all schools around the country through the film’s companion web site: pbs.org/theaddress. Educators can also access these resources through PBS Learning Media.

On November 19, Alaska Public Media and KYUK-TV will air LINCOLN@GETTYSBURG, a film that details how Abraham Lincoln re-invented leadership though his pioneering use of the telegraph — the internet of the 19th century — and how this revolution in communication shaped the Gettysburg Address, the words that remade America. The telegraph gave Lincoln power to wield personal control across distant battlefields and connected him to the country in new ways, as information poured in, allowing him to sense the mood of the country faster than ever before. LINCOLN@GETTYSBURG is a production of Partisan Pictures.

THE ADDRESS  is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, DC, and is directed by Ken Burns. Funding for THE ADDRESS is provided by Bank of America; PBS; Corporation for Public Broadcasting and members of The Better Angels Society, including Robert & Beverly Grappone.

About WETA
WETA Washington, D.C., is the third-largest producing station for public television and the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital. WETA productions and co-productions include PBS NewsHour, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, In Performance at the White House, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns, as well as historical specials such as the recent six-part Latino Americans. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO of WETA. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at weta.org.

About PBS
PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 123 million people through television and more than 21 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

 

PBS has announced a new slate of Winter/Spring 2014 programs, including the long-awaited return of MASTERPIECE “Sherlock, Season 3” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the legendary British sleuth, on Sunday, January 19 at 10 p.m. ET. The highly acclaimed “Sherlock” follows Season 4 of “Downton Abbey,” which debuts with eight new episodes January 5 on MASTERPIECE.

PBS also will roll out a number of new programs, including the real-life adventure series CHASING SHACKLETON, the broadcast premieres of biopics “Salinger” on AMERICAN MASTERS (about the reclusive Catcher in the Rye author) and HAWKING, an intimate portrait of physicist Stephen Hawking’s extraordinary life and career, along with a roster of other new shows aimed to strengthen Wednesday night as a destination for TV’s best science and nature programs.

According to Nielsen, PBS now ranks eighth among all broadcast and cable networks in overall general audience content, surpassed only by the four major broadcast networks as well as USA, Univision and Disney, and overtaking cable’s ESPN, History and TNT in the rankings. Previously, PBS ranked 11th.

The pairing of hits “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock” on MASTERPIECE sets the stage for the March 30 return of acclaimed dramas CALL THE MIDWIFE and MASTERPIECE’s “Mr. Selfridge.” Wednesday’s popular line-up offers the January 8 debut of the three-part CHASING SHACKLETON, in which five intrepid adventurers retrace the death-defying 1914 Antarctic sea-and-land journey by a shipwrecked crew led by Sir Ernest Shackleton.  Soon after, is the four-part SUPER SKYSCRAPERS (February 5), which displays the dizzying heights of modern buildings, and the April 9th premieres of three-part miniseries NOVA “Inside Animal Minds” and YOUR INNER FISH, based on paleontologist Neil Shubin’s best-selling book that traces the human body’s development over millions of years.

Mondays on PBS and KYUK feature the broadcast premieres of 17 new and diverse films from INDEPENDENT LENS and POV, including legendary documentarian Frederick Weisman’s “At Berkeley,” which takes a deep look into the public higher education system (January 13), and the rollicking story of an off-beat American music mecca in the Alabama town of “Muscle Shoals” (April 21). Performing arts take the spotlight on Friday nights, with superstar Christopher Plummer onstage as the immortal John Barrymore in GREAT PERFORMANCES “Barrymore” (January 31), and music and dance programs scheduled throughout the season.

News, history and public affairs remain a cornerstone for PBS and [INSERT STATION] with PBS NEWSHOUR, CHARLIE ROSE − THE WEEK and new thought-provoking programs such as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “The Amish: Shunned” (February 4) and the five-part epic THE STORY OF THE JEWS (March 25-April 1).

Congratulations to the Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship winners for the 2013-2014 academic year.   Tiana Lupie of Tuntutuliak, Renee Avugiak of Chefornak and Cheri Alstrom of Bethel have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Lupie is attending Kuskokwim Campus-UAF in Bethel pursuing a double major in Yup’ik and Social Work.  Avugiak and Alstrom both attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Avugiak is majoring in Elementary Education and Alstrom is seeking a degree in Alaska Native Studies.

For more information about applying for the 2014 scholarship, visit www.kyuk.org or call 907-543-0222.  The application deadline is Friday August 1, 2014.

Alexie Isaac’s broadcasting career at KYUK spanned almost three decades. During that time he directed news broadcasts and other programs from the KYUK television studio, videotaped countless hours of news footage, Yup’ik elders, Yup’ik dance performances and many other aspects of Yup’ik culture.

Alexie was an accomplished Yup’ik language translator and was often called upon to do translation work on KYUK radio programs including Yup’ik News and television productions. He worked on KYUK television programs, series and documentaries as photographer, editor, reporter, translator, producer and director.

Amount of Scholarship
$1,000/academic year (two scholarships awarded)

Availability
Annually in the Fall Term. Application Deadline: August 2nd, 2013.

Minimum Academic Requirements
Graduation from an accredited high school or successful completion of an accredited General Educational Development (GED) program and acceptance into a recognized post-secondary institution.

Scholarship Criteria
Candidate must be pursuing a degree or certified course of study and have completed at least one year of study in an accredited junior/community college, college, university or professional trade school. Graduate students are not eligible.

Candidates pursuing media studies, public relations, journalism, radio and/or television broadcasting, media technology and engineering or a related field such as marketing or business management as a major course of study are given priority.   Applications from Candidates pursuing major studies in other fields, such as education, rural development and health care,  may also be considered.

Candidates must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits per semester. Candidates must be residents of the KYUK-AM 640 service area. The location of their institution is immaterial. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in the following areas:
Academic Performance, Discipline, Attitude, and Attendance.

A copy of the most recent academic transcript must accompany the application.

Download Application

Application Information Sheet

Learn more about Alexie Isaac

The board of directors of Bethel Broadcasting, Inc. is proud to announce that Ashley Johnson of Bethel and Evan Petluska of Napaskiak are the recipients of the 2014 Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship.  They have each been awarded $1,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Johnson is attending the University of Alaska, Fairbanks majoring in science with a business minor.  Petluska is attending Kuskokwim Campus-UAF in Bethel pursuing a BA degree in Rural Development.

The Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship was created in 2006, in memory of Isaac, a long-time employee of Bethel Broadcasting.   Alexie’s broadcasting career at KYUK spanned almost three decades.  During that time he directed news broadcasts and other programs from the KYUK television studio, videotaped countless hours of news footage, Yup’ik elders, Yup’ik dance performances and many other aspects of Yup’ik culture.  Alexie was an accomplished Yup’ik language translator and was often called upon to do translation work on KYUK radio programs including Yup’ik News and television productions.  He worked on KYUK television programs, series and documentaries as photographer, editor, reporter, translator, producer and director.

Bethel Broadcasting awards two $1,000 scholarships each academic year in his memory.

For more information about applying for the 2015 scholarship, visit www.kyuk.org or call 907-543-3131.  The application deadline is August 1, 2015.

Amount of Scholarship
$1,000/academic year (two scholarships awarded)

Availability
Annually in the Fall Term.

Minimum Academic Requirements
Graduation from an accredited high school or successful completion of an accredited General Educational Development (GED) program and acceptance into a recognized post-secondary institution.

Scholarship Criteria
Candidate must be pursuing a degree or certified course of study and have completed at least one year of study in an accredited junior/community college, college, university or professional trade school.  Graduate students are not eligible.

Candidates pursuing media studies, public relations, journalism, radio and/or television broadcasting, media technology and engineering or a related field such as marketing or business management as a major course of study are given priority.   Applications from Candidates pursuing major studies in other fields, such as education, rural development and health care,  may also be considered.

Candidates must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits per semester. Candidates must be residents of the KYUK-AM 640 service area. The location of their institution is immaterial. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in the following areas:
Academic Performance, Discipline, Attitude, and Attendance.

A copy of the most recent academic transcript must accompany the application.

Download Application

Application Information Sheet

Learn more about Alexie Isaac

Vision Maker Media announces ten, newly funded documentaries as part of its Public Media Content Fund. Sixty-two producers and public television stations submitted proposals for funding consideration for their documentaries by and about Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Since 1990, Vision Maker Media has invited filmmakers to submit proposals in various stages of their film-from research & development, to production, post-production/completion, and outreach. All proposals are reviewed by a group of public television professionals, station programmers, independent filmmakers, educators, and executives from indigenous organizations.

“The goal of the Public Media Content Fund is to increase the diversity of voices available to PBS viewers,” said Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux), executive director of Vision Maker Media. “We support projects that have Native people in key positions–such as producer, director, director of photography, writer, or editor.”

The final slate of documentaries represents Native voices and stories from across the United States including Arizona, California, Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico, Wyoming, and a couple documentaries will span coast to coast.

In this funding cycle, of the selected projects, 8% are emerging filmmakers, 34% are mid-level filmmakers, and 58% are veteran filmmakers. Of this, 42% of the filmmakers are women, 58% are male, and two-thirds are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.

Funding was awarded as 33% research & development and 67% production, post-production and completion. Research and development aids producers in fully developing their storylines, identifying engaging characters and talent, and completing a production proposal and budget. Production provides funding for producers to film, record, and produce their documentaries. Post-production funding allows for completion of documentaries already-in-progress.

In alphabetical order, the funded projects are:

America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa
Martha Spanninger
This series is dedicated to examining how America’s rising multicultural population influences every aspect of contemporary culture and politics. The intent of the series is to educate the public, illuminating critical issues affecting America’s diverse populations. The series will include an episode on the North Dakota oil boom in Fort Berthold, North Dakota.

Chasing Voices: The Story of John Peabody Harrington & the Language Revitalization Movement
Daniel Golding (Quechan)
Obsessively driven linguist/ethnographer JP Harrington’s fifty years of work is the focus in this documentary that showcases how his immense and once hidden recordings of over a hundred Native languages are being used from the archives at the Smithsonian to breathe life back into Native America’s dying languages.

Drums of Change (Research & Development)
Christine Lesiak & Princella Parker (Omaha)
This is the story of the first Native American woman doctor, Susan LaFlesche Picotte (1865-1915) as told through her struggle to reclaim her tribal identity after her education in the world of Victorian America.

Horse Tribe
Janet Kern
Combining cinéma vérité and dream-like horse imagery, this film portrays the Nez Perce Tribe’s struggle to reinvent their legendary but lost equestrian culture, and the mystically gifted but deeply flawed Navajo horseman whose own fate intersects with theirs.

The Kashaya Fort Ross Project (Research & Development)
Jed Riffe & Peggy Berryhill (Muscogee)
Two-hundred years after the Russians abandoned the California settlement they shared with the Kashaya Pomo for thirty years, the Kashaya were invited to Russia to rekindle their relationship. This film explores their intertwined histories, reveals the remarkable bond between these diverse cultures, and constructs a unique tale for contemporary audiences.

Lake of Betrayal: The Story of Kinzua Dam
(Research & Development)
Paul Lamont
A story of loss, displacement, hope, and survival in the Seneca Nation, the film explores the construction of the Kinzua Dam that flooded Seneca lands on the Allegany Reservation. Now, the Senecas seek control of the hydropower operations at Kinzua.

The Mayor of Shiprock
Ramona Emerson (Diné)
Amid years of resistance and complacency, a group of young Navajo men and women have begun to take back their community and create change. The Northern Diné Youth Committee–led by their founder, 22-year-old Graham Beyale–has begun to inspire a whole new generation of leaders.

Native Report
Michael LeGarde (Grand Portage)
Told with distinct Native voice, stories will be presented about everything from resource management and talented artists, to language revitalization, engaging youth, and developing great leaders oftomorrow.

Robert Mirabal: Music & Myth
Robert Mirabal (Taos Pueblo)
Robert Mirabal, in enhanced traditional song and dance, tells stories of agrarian life and the mythological characters and ceremonies that surround the seasons of planting, growing, and harvesting. Pueblo dancers in colorful tribal dress join him at the Santa Fe Opera House.

Wind River
Mat Hames & Jordan Dresser (Shoshone)
When a young Northern Arapaho journalist is asked to tell the story of his Reservation for a small tribal museum, he joins elected tribal elders, including Vietnam veteran Philbert McCleod (Shosone), on a journey to return lost artifacts taken by collectors at the turn of the 20th century.

Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, nurtures creativity for development of new projects, partnerships, and funding. Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media–to be the next generation of storytellers. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment and internships.

Vision Maker Media is proud to present Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge with Chris Bashinelli. Host and global explorer Chris Bashinelli travels the world to experience life outside his hometown – Brooklyn, New York. In this program, he visits Pine Ridge to explore the culture of the Oglala Lakota. The program premieres Friday, July 19 on most PBS stations at 10pm ET.Check your local listings.

Host and global explorer Chris Bashinelli travels the world to experience life outside his hometown — Brooklyn, New York. In this program, he visits Pine Ridge to explore the often forgotten culture of the Oglala Lakota Native Americans. While there, he embarks on a life-changing buffalo harvest, is “schooled” by the women’s basketball team, visits with a 14-year-old suicide prevention activist and finds himself shoulder deep up a cow’s backside while trying to better understand employment matters on the reservation. With humor and pathos, he uncovers stories of hope and learns how Lakota culture has prevailed in the face of adversity.

Watch Native Animation Short Films online.

Injunuity is a mix of animation, music, and real thoughts from real people exploring our world from the Native American perspective. You can now watch four episodes online with more available each month. One of the recent episodes dealt with the concept of being Two Spirited and premiered when the U.S. Supreme Court released its rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8.

Visit Injunuity.org and watch their short films online.

The Latest GROWING NATIVE Blog
“Summertime for Indians” by Mary A Pember (Red Cliff Ojibwe)

Ah, summertime in Indian Country! For me it means so much more than those homegrown 4th of July parades, powwows and gatherings. Summer showcases community and Native people’s uncanny ability to make something fun, useful and spiritually nurturing out of even the most limited resources.

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Lincoln, Neb: Vision Maker Mediawill work with three Public Television stations to support paid internships for Native American college students.

Kavelina Torres (Yup’ik), from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, will work at Alaska Public Media under the supervision of Chief Content Officer Patrick Yack. Torres said, “I worked with Vision Maker Media’s Blue Tarpalechee and Chris Eyre on the Growing Native series and I knew then that bringing in aspects of television production–which is outside of my degree work at the University–is invaluable because it allows me to change focus for a bit to gain cross-platform media skills.”

Willow Blythe (Creek), an Honor Roll and Morter Board senior at Southern Methodist University, will be working at KERA in Dallas, Texas. Blythe cannot wait to start her internship, saying, “As a proud Native American, I’ve been sincerely motivated since high school to succeed. I am committed to bettering myself with hard work and striving to gain experience professionally to grow into my post-college career as a media journalist.”

Rebekka Schlichting (Kickapoo/Sac & Fox), an Honor Roll student at the University of Kansas and contributor to Lawrence Journal World, will be interning at Vision Maker Media in Lincoln, Neb. Rebekka has dedicated her schoolwork to becoming a journalist for Native American people. “I strive to shed light on issues that affect my readers’ lives and help them to think about matters from all perspectives,” commented Schlichting.

Vision Maker Media also works with Longhouse Media, to continue their Native-youth driven mission to use media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change, in partnership with KCTS9, in Seattle, Wash.

With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the purpose of these paid, Public Media summer internships is to increase the journalism and production skills for college students. One of the major goals of the internship is to increase the quantity and quality of media reporting available to Public Television audiences and other news outlets. If you’re interested in funding internship opportunities, please emailvisionmaker@unl.edu or consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Friends of Vision Maker Media atwww.visionmakermedia.org/friends.

Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, nurtures creativity for development of new projects, partnerships, and funding. Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media–to be the next generation of storytellers. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment and internships.

 

Take an early look at the  PBS fall primetime line-up featuring a strong roster of wide-ranging programs coming to KYUK starting in September.   New highlights of the season include a series of specials commemorating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death; programs exploring American heritage from diverse viewpoints; the first PBS Independent Film Showcase; and captivating new dramas. Fall also marks the second PBS Arts Fall Festival, as well as the return (and a premiere) of acclaimed science programs.

We pay tribute to President Kennedy on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his assassination with intriguing new takes on the president’s life and death, anchored by “JFK”, a new four-hour, two-part special from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.  A new episode from the science series NOVA, the history-focused SECRETS OF THE DEAD and other specials to be announced complete this special anniversary coverage.

A collection of programs focuses on the diversity of Americans’ ancestries and cultures, including the new unscripted, interactive series GENEALOGY ROADSHOW, which uses history and science to connect participants nationwide to their individual and family histories; LATINO AMERICANS, the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos across 500 years; and from executive producer — and Harvard scholar — Henry Louis Gates, Jr. THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS, which chronicles the full sweep of black history in the United States.

The arts remain a staple of PBS programming, with the PBS Arts Fall Festival returning for a seven-week run celebrating music and Broadway classics, including NASHVILLE 2.0, a tribute to legendary country stars, a star-studded version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company and GREAT PERFORMANCES “Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn,” the superstar’s first Brooklyn concert since her childhood years. The PBS Independent Film Showcase airs this fall with documentaries from INDEPENDENT LENS and POV. GREAT PERFORMANCES premieres its ambitious four-part miniseries “The Hollow Crown,” combining Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV (Parts I & II) and Henry V into a single chronological narrative.

Sunday nights on PBS will continue to captivate with enthralling dramas from MASTERPIECE, including “Foyle’s War, Series VII” for MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! and “The Paradise,” an adaptation of the beloved French novel by Emile Zola.

Science remains strong this fall, delving into how things are made wilder, faster, colder and safer with the new multi-part NOVA series, “Making Stuff With David Pogue,” and a new four-part series that will take viewers inside factories to learn how basic ingredients are transformed into powerhouse machines.

AMERICAN MASTERS will premiere a film about the tennis great Billie Jean King on the 40th anniversary of the tennis world’s 1973 Battle of the Sexes and King founding the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), as well as a documentary on Jimi Hendrix with never-before-seen performance footage, photos, drawings and more. In addition to “JFK,” AMERICAN EXPERIENCE premieres “War of the Worlds,” revisiting the infamous radio dramatization on its 75th anniversary.

The new fall season on PBS will be full of attention-grabbing programming designed to entertain, educate and inspire and you can see it all right here on KYUK-TV channel 15.1.

The ever changing, never the same as yesterday, so called “digital revolution” has spawned an astounding number of constantly evolving technologies that have unleashed a tsunami of content on an ever expanding array of media formats and platforms.

In the “old days” TV was just TV and radio was just radio…and that’s about all there was to it.  Not so today.  Take Alaska public media, for example.  In the “old days”, there were 4 public TV stations in the state.  One each in Anchorage, KAKM-TV , Fairbanks, KUAC-TV, Juneau, KTOO-TV, and Bethel, KYUK-TV.  Each offered a single stream of programming, essentially the PBS national program schedule with some local programs sprinkled throughout.

Now, in the digital world, there are still only 4 public TV stations but each of them is able to offer as many as 4 separate streams of high definition television programming in their communities.  In some locations like Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, some or all of this programming is also available over the Internet throught these stations’ websites.  Mobile applications are coming to the more urban areas of the state that allow viewers to carry and access their media almost anywhere.

The same in true for Alaska’s public radio station.  In the “old days” a radio station put out one program stream via either an AM or FM transmitter.  Radio stations still transmit their signals this “old fashioned” way but they also are able to stream their programming over the Internet through their websites, making their programming available virtually anywhere in the world.   A variety mobile applications now allow listeners to access radio programming wherever they are whenever they want it.

Social media like Facebook, Twitter and host of other on line sharing sites, allow viewers and listeners to interact with public media content providers in new ways making public media more and more interactive and interconnected and more personal.

It’s an amazing and exciting time for media in general and for public media in particular as we work hard to take full advantage of these digital technologies to create a virtual town square for our viewers and listeners where two way interaction is more and more possible and media becomes more and more personal.

Next time in Part 2, a look at the Alaska Public Television landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Latest GROWING NATIVE Blog : “Festival of Native Arts” by Blue Tarpalechee (Muscogee)

What does Growing Native mean to you? That is a question we posed to the Growing Native Advisory Council as we went through pre-production. The answers we received were varied, but connected – it’s growing us as a people in a way that sustains us as a people, it’s taking things that we knew and that worked in the past and building on that, it’s illustrating the interconnectedness of everything that we do.

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PBS Online Film Festival: Watch the Winners and All The Films That Competed Online for Free

The PBS Online Film Festival is now over, but you can still watch, online for free, the winners and all the films that competed.

Congratulations to Hoverboard for having the most views onYouTube. Congratulations as well to The Story of an Egg, which had the most views over all and to the winner of the People’s Choice Award — Live Art.

Visit the PBS Online Film Festival site…

“What is Home?”  by Cindy Renner and Larry Wright, Jr.

The trial of Standing Bear opened on April 30, 1879. The date is a great way for teachers to introduce their students to this important part of history and teachers can use the educational resources developed for standingbearsfootsteps.netnebraska.org to help them paint a clearer picture for their students about Standing Bear, his trial and the issues involved.

Editor’s Note: This is an account from the curricula developers for the Standing Bear’s Footsteps educational site — Cindy Renner and Larry Wright, Jr. They talk about their experience at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Convention this past November.

This session was presented as a three-hour clinic. We began our session with introductions and a question prompt of “What is ‘home’?” Each participant shared, with one even highlighting that where she lived wasn’t her ‘home’. This was a perfect transition into the introduction, “What is ‘home’ for the Poncas?” Larry led a brief discussion about the historical aspects of the tribe and how the documentary, curriculum and the workshop sections of the project began to take shape.

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Visit the Standing Bear’s Footsteps Educational Site