The Weekly SPI Debrief - October 7, 2011

By Marla Krueger, Station Products & Innovation

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

Do you want to become a member of the PBS Interactive Station Advisory Council (SAC) or nominate someone whom you believe would be an excellent candidate for the council? There are currently four openings and we are looking to fill them with station smartness.

For more information on the role of SAC members visit the SAC Charter in Station Remote Control (station login required).

To nominate someone or nominate yourself visit:
Nominations must be submitted by October 14th, before 5:00pm ET.

This week on The SPI Files, we wanted help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by opening the files on director/producer Ray Telles whose recent film, The Storm That Swept Mexico airs on PBS later this month. Ray, a KQED alumnus, is a director and producer at Paradigm Productions. Paradigm Productions is a non-profit production company, which creates films and progressive media about history, art and social issues. While The Storm That Swept Mexico is about serious subject matter, Ray has augmented the viewer experience by creating an interactive website to accompany the film, with a Facebook Quiz and Google Earth maps.

In our FYI Corner, this week we take a look at the new Kindle Fire. Will this be the next big thing? What is your e-reader preference?

How are you celebrating Jacques Pepin? With the launch of Essential Pepin, KQED has several items to share with stations: a 3-minute tribute video to Jacques (includes great footage with Julia Child), short cooking demonstrations, and entire episodes. Everything is embeddable at

And finally, the FOURTH Webinar in the Project VoiceScape Webinar Series will be Thursday, October 13, 12:00-1:00PM ET, Video Storytelling: The (only) 7 things you need to know (how to do).

This series of five webinars introduces PBS stations and educators to the how and why of integrating youth media making into public media.

RSVP to Leslie Rule. She'll provide the phone number for each webinar. The registration link for each webinar is

Please be sure to check out the rest of October's Professional Development activities on the right rail of our blog. If we're missing anything, just shoot us an email.

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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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