As a teenager, the singer-songwriter was already touring the world with his rock band. His new album takes him back to before then, when country music blasted out of Texas radio stations. He performs 'Fight' from his new album 'Changing Horses' in NPR's Studio 4A.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For Vivian Schiller, CEO and president at NPR and the former head of NYTimes****, the ongoing debate about free vs. subscription for the newspaper industry is clear for her: Free is the way to go.
Not only is there more revenue to be made through advertising, putting up a subscription wall will drive consumer to drive traffic to "lesser quality news content that is free," she told me in the interview. She also speaks about the decision to "ungate" the New York Times Web site.
This is the first of a series of interviews conducted I conducted in her Washington offices at NPR.
For more on her plans for NPR, check out this Q&A with her posted today on Mediabistro.
Meanwhile over the WSJ****, Alan Murray makes a case for more paid content on the site he manages. The story is up on Nieman Journalism Lab.
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Radio interview with Tim and Cindie Travis of www.DownTheRoad**** and NPR public radio of Flagstaff, Arizona. Cycling in Arizona was a huge homecoming for us. We have so many good friends there and hope to return quicker (to visit) than 7 years next time. We were also in Prescott, AZ's newspaper which is the town we still own a house and call home. The newspaper article can be found at
In this week's episode of App Judgment, David Prager reviews the NPR News App for the iPhone that plays on demand NPR segments and programming as well as live streams from over 200 NPR stations.
This video helps users get a basic understanding of NPR Tools made by Render Plus Systems. It will cover how to download and install the software, review many of the features, cover some of the different settings and show final images of the kinds of results someone could get from using the software.
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Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss NPR coming under attack over a guest who used the word 'gringo' in reference to the Arizona shooting.
Cenk Uygur breaks down the right wing effort to smear and defund NPR that started with conservative pranksters (led by the infamous James O'Keefe of Acorn fame) going undercover pretending to represent the Muslim Brotherhood offering money. NPR turned down the money but NPR chief fundraiser Ron Schiller made negative remarks about the tea party and racism as well some comments regarding an Israel bias.
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Ousted. NPR’s board of directors has accepted the resignation of CEO Vivian Schiller after what media watchers are calling one too many strikes.
HLN: “...the CEO of national public radio has resigned in the wake of a huge controversy.”
The embattled chief executive first came under fire for her handling of former correspondent Juan Williams in October of 2010.
JUAN WILLIAMS, 10/22/2010: “As many of you know, after 10 years of being a loyal employee, NPR fired me for expressing the fear I now feel after 9/11 when I see people in Muslim garb getting on an airplane.”
And renewed scrutiny of NPR came Tuesday - when conservative activist James O’Keefe released secretly-recorded video incriminating the operation’s now-former senior VP of fundraising.
WCVB REPORTER: “...a radio executive who was caught on camera making some really controversial remarks about the Tea Party.”
NPR’s David Folkenflik explains - this was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.
“Our clients, but also our corporate board members, felt that this was one misstep, one major black eye too many.”
Media critic and Daily Beast Washington Bureau Chief Howie Kurtz says NPR handled the most recent incident pretty well - in denouncing the fundraising exec - but it still wasn’t enough - and Schiller became the sacrificial lamb.
“The fact is Vivian Schiller had no margin for error left. In other words even though this isn’t her fault, she had no way of knowing what this guy was saying in this video-taped scam, she is taking the heat. She is taking the fall. ... It just seems NPR was the gang that couldn’t shoot straight lately when it comes to its public image.”
All this under the backdrop of heightened Republican calls for de-funding of public broadcasting.
But if Republican Mike Pence’s visit to Fox News Wednesday is any indication - those calls aren’t going away.
“I think it's right that the CEO step down. I think it would be more right, though, if we seize this time in the fiscal crisis to say it's time to end public funding for NPR. ... These organizations that have a particular viewpoint, that advance a particular l liberal viewpoint ought to do what ever other policy organization does in this town which is raise their own resources...”
But the Daily Kos quotes the managing director the Free Press Action Fund -- who says -- this has nothing to do with the budget.
“This attack is déjà vu all over again. This bill isn’t about a budget deficit; it’s yet another political witch hunt aimed at silencing serious journalism and quality programming."
According to NPR finance reporting - it gets 5.8 percent of its revenues from federal, state and local governments.
But in the secretly-recorded video released Tuesday - former fundraising exec Ron Schiller himself said NPR would be - quote - “better off” without federal funding in the long run. So will this hurt NPR?
Panelists on MSNBC say - it doesn’t look good - but at the same time - O’Keefe’s undercover video wasn’t in the right.
SHUSHANNAH WALSHE, DAILY BEAST: “When you have an executive saying, we don’t need your money, it’s not good.”
ROBERT TRAYNHAM, COMCAST: “There’s two wrongs here. The NPR exec who said that should never should have said that, privately or publicly. But also, O’Keefe shouldn’t have. It’s very sad when you can’t even have an honest conversation without it being recorded.”
NPR’s senior vice president for legal affairs - Joyce Slocum - will take over as interim CEO.
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MSNBC/The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur on how Glenn Beck's website The Blaze exposed major flaws in the plot to undermine NPR by the infamous James O'Keefe group Project Veritas.
A memo was leaked by an NPR station in California regarding pulling Planned Parenthood ads over funding cut concerns. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.