Pilot Sponsors Grady Mobile News Lab

NAB’s Pilot innovation initiative will sponsor the Mobile News Lab project at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication during fall 2017. The sponsorship will provide the lab with new equipment for producing virtual reality content along with materials for training mobile-media best practices.  The Grady Mobile News Lab launched in Fall 2014 to […]

Peabody Launches Media Center

The scholarly research center and digital media production arm of the Peabody Awards is designed to be “a platform for elevating the currency, conversation around, and impact of each year’s best stories in television, radio and digital media,” according to Executive Director Jeffrey Jones.

JESSELL AT LARGE

How To Avoid Being Spectrum Auction Chump

While there a a number of reasons for the almost nonexistent station trading marketplace these days, a big factor is the upcoming spectrum auction. Potential sellers don’t want to commit now before finding out what the market will be for their airwaves once the bidding starts. To get around this, however, station sale contracts are being written with “chump insurance,” which provides some protection for a seller if the buyer sells the station in the incentive auction and makes a killing.

DMA 9 (ATLANTA)

U. Of Georgia Sells Noncom TV For $2.5M

The buyer is Marquee Broadcasting, which also owns WMDT, the ABC affilite in Salisbury, Md. The Athens, Ga.-based university bought the station in 2008 as a commercial station, but converted it to noncommercial use three years later. Maquee will be switching it back to commercial use with diginets.

Jeffrey Jones To Head Peabody Awards

The television scholar from Old Dominion University will succeed Horace Newcomb as director of the University of Georgia’s George Foster Peabody Awards in July.

Communications Jobs On Slight Rebound

For the second year in a row, the employment situation for recent journalism and mass communication graduates has improved, according to a new survey from the University of Georgia. But placed in the context of a “terrible” job market in recent years, the report says the latest job numbers represent only a   “modest … recovery.”

DMA 36

UGA Closes WNEG News And Lays Off 17

University of Georgia officials shut down nightly news broadcasts at the university-owned CBS affiliate last week, laying off 17 people in the process.

UGA’s Peabody Awards Issues Call For Entries

The George Foster Peabody Awards’ 70th annual search for excellence in electronic media has begun. More than 100,000 “Call for Entries” alerts have been mailed worldwide, supplemented by advertising in media-industry publications. Original broadcast, cablecast and webcast programs presented in the calendar year 2010 are eligible. The entry deadline is Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. Entrants […]