The Weekly Debrief: 10 August 2012

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

Listen to your community. Spend time with the public you serve. Ian Hill, KQED Online Community Engagement Specialist, discusses an innovative way to bring together journalists and community members in an open newsroom format.

@PBSInterns explore the close relationship between blogging and social media, the science behind blog timing, and ways to improve your blog content.

We celebrated the launch of #CookforJulia with a brown bag lunch party. While watching episodes of 'The French Chef', we sampled some of her most famous dishes, including Coq au Vin, Reine de Saba, and Beef Bourguignon. Yum!

What Are Your Training Needs? The PBS professional development program Leading Through Change has been a valuable tool for stations. The broad participation and positive response to the program demonstrates the desire of the next generation of public media leaders to acquire the tools and training needed to help evolve public media in the rapidly changing media environment. After two years, it is time to identify a broader training curriculum with  additional training opportunities for the coming 18-24 months, and we need your help! Please click HERE to begin a 10-question online survey.

Your participation takes less than 5 minutes, so don't wait. The survey closes Friday, August 17, at 9:00 pm ET. One lucky participant will win a Kindle Fire!  Prize eligibility is limited to PBS member station employees only.  Thank you.

Follow the Links Below to Keep Reading:

At-a-Glance: PBS Interactive Product and Services Updates
  • COVE Content and Promotions Calendar: See the latest details on programs to be featured on COVE’s general audience video portal this August in the PBS Interactive Station Guide COVE Resource Center. If you have related content we could promote, please let us know.
  • #CookForJulia: Julia Child has left an indelible mark on the food world. Join the world’s top chefs and food bloggers and tell PBS Food how she has inspired you. Here's what our friend Chef Jose Andres had to say:

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