The Weekly Debrief: 21 September 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.

In advance of the new FCC-mandated Online Closed Captioning requirements taking effect October 1, 2012, PBS Interactive rolled out upgrades to the COVE Admin Tool earlier this week. These changes will help stations comply with the new FCC guidelines by offering more caption file options for upload in the admin.

Rocky Mountain PBS signed on last year to be one of six alpha test stations for Bento. Carolyn Spellman, Content Producer at RMPBS, describes her experience working closely with the PBS Interactive team to push through the concept stage, past the migration phase, to the construction stage.

Natalie Benson, Colorado Public Television's Marketing & Social Media Manager, stopped by the PBS headquarters while visiting DC. Here are some of her favorite memories from that visit!

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At-a-Glance: PBS Interactive Product and Services Updates
  • LAST CHANCE! Survey: Station Donation Experience Optimized for Mobile: PBS Interactive is taking a landscape survey of all stations, asking if you have a donation experience that is mobile-optimized.  If you respond to the quick 2-3 question survey, you will be entered to win a sweet gift bag of PBS surprises!  Complete the survey today. The Deadline to respond is TONIGHT: September 21, 8:00 PM ET.
    PBS Digital Studios: The PBS Digital Studios added to its line-up "A Moment of Science," a new web video series from Indiana Public Media in which host Mandy Strife explains some of the mysteries of the modern world using science.
    PBS Interns: One of our @PBSInterns final presentation is being promoted on the Prezi homepage! Here's a direct link to Brionne's work
    NewsHour Election Photos: PBS NewsHour hired freelance photographers for the 2012 conventions. All images are rights-cleared for PBS member stations and are available for your use on NewsHour's Flickr page.
    Now Accepting PBS Interactive Station Advisory Council Nominations: Are you interested in becoming a member of the PBS Interactive Station Advisory Council (SAC)? We will have four open seats starting in January 2013. Visit to read the Station Advisory Charter and the responsibilities expected of its members.  Information on current SAC members is located on the SPI blog.  Please reach out to us or any of the current Council members with your questions. If you would like to apply, please complete the application by 5:00PM ET on Friday, October 5, 2012.
    #PBSBIT: Thank you to Rocky Mountain PBS for hosting Bento User Testing in Denver, CO and to KLRN, UNC-TV, KACV, WPBT, Q-TV, WNIN Tri-State Public Media, and WLJT for joining us for Bento Implementation Training in Crystal City this week. We look forward to hosting WUCF TV, Vegas PBS, PBS Hawaii, Arizona Public Media, KET, KMOS, Wyoming PBS, WFWA, and WSIU next week!