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The Weekly Debrief: 5 October 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.

FRONTLINE’s quadrennial biography of the two presidential candidates debuts on October 9 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET. This two-hour long documentary journeys into the places, people, and decisive moments that formed the men competing for the presidency. Hundreds of hours of research and dozens of original interviews reveal new details and fresh insights about the two candidates — and our choice this November. PBS Interactive sat down with Andrew Golis, Frontline’s Director of Digital Media, to understand the scope of their online promotion and see how stations can get involved.

Rocky Mountain PBS has spent the last year working on and taking part in the alpha testing process for Bento. Dana Schmidt, Communications and Special Projects Coordinator at RMPBS, discusses the user testing of their Bento-powered website.

Our amazing summer intern recently had her final presentation featured on the Prezi homepage. Brionne Griffin’s work has now been viewed over 75,000 times and shared across various social media platforms. Thank you to KLRU for letting us have Brionne on loan this summer.

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At a Glance:
  • LAST DAY!  ISO Smartness:  PBS Interactive has seats opening on its Station Advisory Council. PBS Interactive is lucky, in that, we have an active council comprised of station experts from around the country that provide guidance on all of our station products and services and collaborate with us on pilot projects that benefit #pubmedia and #localpbs. We have seats opening on the council and are actively looking for new members to take the place of council members whose terms are ending this December. See who is on the current council & complete the application. Applications are due TODAY: Friday, October 5th. Get in touch if you have any questions.
  • A Moment of Science, the first of our digital entrepreneurs pilot series from Indiana public media, has launched its new YouTube channel, and gotten more than 2500 views in just two weeks.
  • BBQ with Franklin: KLRU in Austin is also participating in the digital entrepreneurs group and just this week launched a pilot crowd-funding campaign  for its new web series about the secrets to great Texas BBQ. Watch the progress of the campaign.
  • Downton Abbey has cemented its place in popular culture, but how can you take advantage of the mega-hit at your station? Learn more about the plans for December, get a preview of what’s in store in January, and discover what assets are available to your station to increase station awareness and support, cultivate your new Downton audience, and promote your local shows and events. Register now for the two-part webinar October 9-10, 2:00-3:00 pm ET.
  • Join DEI's YPpubmedia Group: YPpubmedia is a new group dedicated to fostering national networks for Young Professionals (35 or under) who are working in public media.  YPpubmedia is committed to connecting those fairly new to their career across all departments and disciplines.  DEI kicked off YPpubmedia at this year's PMDMC in Seattle--and so far they've had a great response.  If you'd like to hear more from this group, share your information here.
  • iMA 2013 Registration is Live: This year's event on March 6-7 will share the boldest industry innovations. iMA plans to bring in strategies and tools from sources external to public media and address tough questions about the future, all while focusing on our mission of providing a public service. Those of you who plan on going to SXSW Interactive will also have access to discounted SXSW Interactive coupons from iMA as in previous years. Register today.