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Daily Local News – July 2, 2014

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Indiana is diversifying and aging. According to the latest US Census Report, Indiana’s average age is 37 point 4, up from 37 in 2012; A member of the Bloomington Utilities Service Board pressed the Utilities Department to consider cutting staff at a meeting June 30th; Indiana University has authored a bill of rights for student athletes. The bill contains 10 benefits for athletes – including a four-year scholarship commitment regardless of injury, illness, or performance, academic support, health guarantees, life skills development, a collective voice, and cutting edge technology; The Center for Sustainable Living in Bloomington is trying to help cut down the number of plastic bags ending up in landfills; A law student interning at a pro-life law firm authored a miscarriage burial bill that was signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence last month.

FEATURE
One night every January the state dispatches groups to homeless shelters, abandoned buildings and tent cities across Indiana. The goal is to make an estimate of the state’s homeless population. The effort is known as a point-in-time homeless count, which is required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD (“hud). This year’s study found slightly fewer homeless Hoosiers than years past. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a state official about what that means and what we can learn from a study conducted on a single winter night. We bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
How can anyone remember all the usernames and passwords we need these days? Perhaps the answer has been with us all along!

CREDITS
Anchors: Susan Northleaf, Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Harrison Wagner, Sierra Gardner, and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

A New Study Sees Lower Homeless Population

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One night every January the state dispatches groups to homeless shelters, abandoned buildings and tent cities across Indiana. The goal is to make an estimate of the state’s homeless population. The effort is known as a point-in-time homeless count, which is required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. This year’s study found slightly fewer homeless Hoosiers than years past. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a state official about what that means and what we can learn from a study conducted on a single winter night. We bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Here are the numbers:

2013: http://wfhb.org/wp-content/uploads/2013-Monroe-Morgan-County-Homeless-Count-Stats.pdf

2014: http://wfhb.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-Monroe-Morgan-County-Homeless-Count-Stats.pdf

 

Bloomington Beware! – Drowning In Passwords

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How can anyone remember all the usernames and passwords we need these days? Perhaps the answer has been with us all along!

“‘From Activism to Eco-terrorism” News Summit Version

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July News Summit 2014— Revised script

 ‘From Activism to Eco-terrorism” News Summit Version

 

You are listening to: “From Activism to Eco-terrorism” on Standing Room only…..

You are invited to come face to face with the voices of WFHB! Please join Standing Room Only on July 9th at 6pm here at the WFHB Studios for a peak behind the scenes! Show hosts, writers, producers and engineers will be on hand, and are eager to meet listeners and hear feedback from the community. You will learn how your favorite shows are made, and meet the members of your community that volunteer to make it all happen. Meet the crew of   Standing Room only on July 9th at 6pm here at the WFHB Studios.

Chimney Swifts and their Impact

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Jessica Hite is a Ph.D. candidate in the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior department at IU. On Tuesday, June 24, she gave a talk for Bloomington’s Science Cafe on chimney swifts. In this abridged version of her talk Jessica talks about chimney swifts, their habits and why they are important for the local ecosystem, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Interchange – The 2014 WFHB News Summit: A Discussion with Alycin Bektesh

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Host Doug Storm asks WFHB News Director, Alycin Bektesh, questions about the upcoming WFHB News Summit.

Anyone with an interest in the current status of the News Department, the future of particular shows, or a desire to learn more radio skills is invited. You do not have to be a current volunteer in the News Department to attend any of the sessions.  The first week of sessions, July 7th – July 11th will be geared toward information sessions on current procedures and practices, as well as program staff/listener meet and greets.

The Summit takes place July 7th through August 1st, Monday through Friday, 11am  – 12pm. Sessions range from 45 minutes to 90 minutes and fall into one of three tracks: Big Ideas, Individual Programing, & Training. The same sessions are held at the same time each week, and each week takes on a different focus. Week one: Introductions,  Week Two: Brainstorming, Week Three: Action Plan, Week Four: Implementation.

A quick overview of the whole month’s schedule is available here: 2014 Summit Schedule.

Daily Local News – July 1, 2014

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On Monday, the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court decided, in Sebelius versus Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation, that “closely held corporations”, do not have to include coverage for contraception under Affordable Care Act insurance plans, if the employer opposes contraception on personal religious grounds; The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit of Indiana has issued a stay on same-sex marriages; Residents living near the Rogers and Binford elementary schools raised concerns June 26th about a revamping of the parking setup there.

FEATURE
Jessica Hite is a Ph.D. candidate in the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior department at IU. On Tuesday, June 24, she gave a talk for Bloomington’s Science Cafe on chimney swifts. In this abridged version of her talk Jessica talks about chimney swifts, their habits and why they are important for the local ecosystem, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Susan Northleaf
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer today is Quinn Barney
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

You’re Invited!

The First Annual WFHB News Summit runs Monday July 7th – Friday August 1st, 2014.

  • What is a News Summit?

A News Summit is a chance to bring together producers, volunteers, and listeners to shape the next decade of news programming. We will take this time to examine our program schedule, strengthen partnerships, and develop our radio skills through workshops focused on individual programming, big picture ideas, and training. You can read more about what the News Summit is in the most recent addition of the Firehouse News, as Helen Harrell interviews News Director Alycin Bektesh about the Summit.  New production on our 20 in-house programs has been suspended during the month of July to account for the hours of time volunteers will put in to attending the summit sessions.

  • Who is invited?

You are! Anyone with an interest in the current status of the News Department, the future of particular shows, or a desire to learn more radio skills is invited. You do not have to be a current volunteer in the News Department to attend any of the sessions.  The first week of sessions, July 7th – July 11th will be geared toward information sessions on current procedures and practices, as well as program staff/listener meet and greets.

  • What is the schedule?

The Summit takes place July 7th through August 1st, Monday through Friday, 11am  – 12pm. Sessions range from 45 minutes to 90 minutes and fall into one of three tracks: Big Ideas, Individual Programing, & Training. The same sessions are held at the same time each week, and each week takes on a different focus. Week one: Introductions,  Week Two :Brainstorming, Week Three: Action Plan, Week Four: Implementation.

A quick overview of the whole month’s schedule is available here: 2014 Summit Schedule.

An invaluable tool throughout the Summit is the Summit Website which is available online or as a mobile app.  Along with up to date schedule information, the website allows you to create your own schedule of sessions you are interested in attending, read detailed descriptions of each workshop, and access any available session handouts.

  • Will this be fun at all?

Though the summit sounds like a lot of work, it will, indeed, be very fun. For the first time members of various production crews will be working together to share their ideas for improving the WFHB News Department. You will have a chance to meet volunteers just like yourself who dedicate their time each week to providing locally produced news for our community. There is also something to be said for brainstorming sessions that go beyond the superficial and into action. By the end of the summit you will be implementing the strategies developed for improving the news department, and it feels good to make a difference!

If all of that is not enough, there will be a party to celebrate the kick-off week of the Summit. On Friday, July 11th the News and Public Affairs Committee is hosting a reception at the Back Door beginning at 8pm. And since parties are fun yes, the summit will be fun.

  • How can I help?

Volunteer moderators are needed to make sure that each session is carried out in a productive manner that respects all attendees’ input. Please sign up to moderate a session (or a few!) Moderators will keep sessions focused, as well as take notes and prepare a short summary of each session. There will be training provided for volunteer moderators. Please sign up for sessions for which you can be a neutral participant in the conversation.

Also, there is a core group of volunteers who have been working each week to envision and plan the News Summit and they deserve a huge thank you! If you’d like to thank them personally, or ask them any further questions, they are: Joe Crawford, Carol Fischer, Helen Harrell, Louis Malone, Susan Northleaf, and Doug Storm.

  • What if I can’t attend Summit Meetings?

Over the course of the month there are more than 100 workshops dedicated to the improvement of the WFHB News Department. Hopefully you can look at the full schedule and find something that fits into your schedule. Each meeting will have a moderator taking notes, and summaries of each session will be posted along with the individual sessions schedule, so you can always catch up on anything you missed.

  • I like facebook

So do we! There is a facebook friend and facebook group dedicated entirely to the WFHB News Summit. We know that you will want to keep the conversation going beyond the time limits of each session. The WFHB News Summit 2014 facebook group allows members to share ideas, pictures, files and discussions. The group will be moderated throughout the Summit so the social media conversation will be fully integrated in the in-person conversations and vice versa. Speaking of social media, stay in touch with WFHB News throughout the summit by following us on twitter, Instagram and becoming friends with the WFHB News Summit facebook friend, Malina Lyon. Use #newssummit in your comments online, and tag us in any photos or tweets!

  • I have more questions

Great, you should –  the WFHB News Summit is a made up thing that has never happened before! Feel free to write to news@wfhb.org with any questions that come up, and please thoroughly browse the WFHB News Summit website for a complete schedule of events, descriptions of individual sessions, a list of the Big Ideas categories, and much more!

 

 

 

 

Daily Local News – June 30, 2014

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Indiana industry dumps more chemicals into our waterways than any other state, however the state official in charge of water management isn’t aware of this pollution; The Monroe County Commission took on noisy I-69 contractors June 27th by passing a stricter noise ordinance; The city of Bloomington is finishing plans to build a short pedestrian trail on the south side of the city.

FEATURE
Governor Pence is hosting a conference to look at Indiana’s tax policies. What is billed as the Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference is billed as a means to get ideas that will make Indiana more competitive. The list of attendees includes tax professionals – tax lawyers, accountants and academics, business and economics academics, representatives from business and business associations, and several former Republican economic and tax policy advisers. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Bob Ditmer, Director of Public Relations for the Indiana Department of Revenue, which is organizing the event. He first raised the issue of the apparent lack of representation from labor, working people, the poor or other marginalized groups at the conference.

ACTIVATE
We hear about the hoosier hills food bank on Activate, our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Susan Northleaf, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Ilze Ackerbergs, along with correspondent David Murphy
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our board engineer and Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference

Governor Pence is hosting a conference to look at Indiana’s tax policies. What is billed as the Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference is billed as a means to get ideas that will make Indiana more competitive. The list of attendees includes tax professionals – tax lawyers, accountants and academics, business and economics academics, representatives from business and business associations, and several former Republican economic and tax policy advisers. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Bob Ditmer, Director of Public Relations for the Indiana Department of Revenue, which is organizing the event. He first raised the issue of the apparent lack of representation from labor, working people, the poor or other marginalized groups at the conference.

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