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What's Your Digital Strategy: Illinois Public Media Pt.1

Posted by Jack Brighton, Director of New Media and Innovation at Illinois Public Media on

We all too often think the digital media landscape has already gone through its most important evolutionary phases and has grown stagnate by reaching its apex of expansion. This couldn't be further from the truth in a lot of respects.

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Franklin BBQ on the Big Screen

Posted by Sara Robertson, KLRU Creative Director on

After raising more than $19,000 on IndieGoGo, KLRU launched BBQ with Franklin, one of the most droolworthy web series YouTube has ever seen. Now, a year-and-a-half later, KLRU is launching a broadcast series of the same name to air on numerous local PBS stations around the country, leaving countless BBQ cravings in its wake. The only downside? The series doesn't come with samples.

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Best of DEG: 24 Frames from KTTZ

Posted by Scott Willey on

"There are 24 hours in a day. There are still 24 frames in a second of video. 24 Frames captures life at the speed you live it."

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Google Hangouts On Air: Save Time, Plan Ahead

Posted by Nik Eley-Carr, Manager of Digital Content and Strategy at PBS on

Last week, Nik Eley-Carr from the PBS Black Culture Connection told us why "less is more" when hosting Google Hangouts On Air. This week, she wraps up her series with tips on partnerships and planning ahead.

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Google Hangouts On Air: Keep it Simple

Posted by Nik Eley-Carr, Manager of Digital Content and Strategy at PBS on

Last week, Nik Eley-Carr from the PBS Black Culture Connection gave an intro to Google Hangouts On Air and a few tips for hosting a successful Hangout. This week, she continues in part two with how to simplify your broadcast.

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Three Reasons Your Station, and You, Should Be More Active on Google+

Posted by José Fernández, PBS Digital Product Deployment Manager on

Google recently made several changes to their services in order to position Google Plus as the central feature within its ecosystem.

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And the DSLR Grant Winners Are ...

Posted by Scott Willey, PBS Digital Studios on

In December, PBS Digital Studios awarded seven DSLR grants to KLRN, KTTZ, WILL, WVIZ, VPT, WMHT and SCETV. In 2014, we are excited to see the content these DSLRs help to create! We also recently awarded crowdfunding matching grants to four stations – more details to come!

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Host Your Own "Google Hangouts On Air"

Posted by Nik Eley-Carr, PBS Manager of Digital Content and Strategy on

PBS Black Culture Connection hosted 8 Google Hangouts On Air as part of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. If you’re thinking about using this tool for an upcoming event in the New Year, check out some of these tips and tricks from BCC site manager, Nik Eley-Carr.

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Digital Digest: The Future is Curved

Posted by Brionne Griffin, PBS Digital Marketing Associate on

This week's top headlines in digital news include a Vimeo redesign for faster playback, curved glass cell phone screens, and another development on the internet anonymity debate.

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The Vine Effect: Instagram to get Video?

Posted by Daniel Levy, PBS Digital Intern on

Rumors always run rampant in social media, but as of late, many revolve around a press event Facebook is holding on June 20. Sources over at TechCrunch claim Facebook will unveil an Instagram platform enabling users to shoot and share short videos, thereby expanding mobile video sharing.

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