The Weekly SPI Debrief, June 10, 2011

Welcome to the Weekly PBS Interactive Station Products & Innovation Debrief, designed to give PBS stations a rundown of product updates and opportunities announced this week on our blog.

Great News! This week, we announced sign-ups are now available for ALL stations to gain access to the Merlin tools to promote your local content to visitors. We have greatly streamlined the process to get you set up and trained to be claiming your share of promotion to's millions of monthly visitors.

Earlier this week, we saw part 1 of a story from Teresa Peltier, an Emerging Media & PR Specialist for WSKG, New York, who shares a few diary entries about her station's journey into the world of Google for Nonprofits. Check out her story to learn all about how NPs can get free or discounted access to Google AdWords, Apps, and Checkout, as well as access to premium YouTube features and software grants and support for Google Earth Outreach.

We also had a story on online security habits and password managing products. One such product, called 1Password, allows users to set unique, strong passwords for every site they use and then encrypt and store these passwords on the user’s machine for quick access.

Also this week, we retired 4 forms from Station Remote Control. These forms included:
  • Education Contact Info & Primary Web Content Forms (we will no longer be using these forms to collect personal information, if you need to alert us to a new primary web contact, please send an email directly to
  • Educational Mission Statement & Local Educational Resources Forms (the content from these forms is no longer being used on the PBS Teachers site)

Last but certainly not least, your Station Localization Stats are now available for May. Check out the link below for more information on how to access this report.

As always, the SPI team appreciates all of your valuable comments and participation on our site this week and every week.

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