Friday roundup: Jarl Mohn, James Baker and an NPR gap in the Caribbean

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Some news and links you might have missed this week:

  • Ken Doctor delivers a long read about NPR CEO Jarl Mohn’s priorities for the network, including how he’s balancing the needs of broadcast and digital platforms. “If his embrace of radio served as politically smart, public radio’s leading digital proponents tell me they expect and await Mohn’s pivot,” Doctor writes. “They hope he will hug the digital future as fully as he has the radio present and past.”
  • Writing for The Daily Beast, Lloyd Grove sizes up a PBS documentary about former Secretary of State James Baker that aired Tuesday. “It must have been child’s play for Baker to finagle this near-hagiography of himself after prevailing in the ideological knife fights of Ronald Reagan’s White House,” he says.
  • A public broadcaster in the Virgin Islands is asking for donations to help pay for NPR programming for its FM station, reports the St. Croix Source. The islands lost NPR this month when a Detroit-based broadcaster bought the other public radio station in the area and changed its format.
  • An archival post on the Raleigh News & Observer‘s site looks back at an educational TV program that aired on state public television. “Teaching by TV is a product of team work; the studio teacher, the producer-director, and the classroom teacher must work together to produce the best possible course of study.”
  • Journo.biz sums up a discussion of membership models for journalism organizations, which involved Melody Kramer. “In general, Kramer argued, people want to be part of something larger than themselves, they want to invest in improving their communities, and they want to find people with shared values. We need to begin thinking about how journalism can help respond to those desires.”

Oh, and there was this. All right, all right, all right: