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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!

 

 

 

 

Activate! – Katie Haddad: Hoosier Hills Food Bank

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Katie Haddad, Volunteer Coordinator of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank and former volunteer with Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, on her experiences and the need for more summer volunteers to Fill the Gap at HHFB, including a unique 4th of July opportunity. To volunteer, go to http://www.hhfoodbank.org/volunteer.php.

Same Sex Couples Marry in Monroe County

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Indiana’s law that made it illegal for same sex couples to marry was ruled unconstitutional today in federal court. The permanent injunction on the marriage ban meant that same sex couples could marry effective immediately, and statewide couples young and old took advantage of their new right to marry. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on location for several marriage ceremonies at the Monroe County Court House this afternoon, for today’s WFHB feature report.

Interchange – Subverting Democracy Through Education Reform

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Host Doug Storm is joined by prominent blogger and Purdue PhD candidate Freddie DeBoer. DeBoer’s blog, Interfaces of the Word, is often linked to and excerpted by such national bloggers and columnists like Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Dish and Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic Monthly. His essays have appeared in New Inquiry, Salon, and Jacobin.

DeBoer is currently writing a dissertation, on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and its successor, the CLA+, developed by the Council for Aid to Education.

We look at  issues in the politics and economics of our education system tonight with a fair amount of focus on Bill Gates whose Foundation has been said to have enacted an educational coup with the recent overwhelming acceptance of Common Core State Standards. And, due to the way most education policy is implemented in the states, there didn’t even need to be any public discussion or consent.

Big Philanthropy in Education is as much a subversion of the democratic process as the  McCutcheon decision by the Supreme Court to uncap the number of candidates to which an individual can give money.

 

The Sounds of “Taste of Bloomington”

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The annual Taste of Bloomington brings together scores of Bloomington’s independently-owned restaurants for an afternoon of food, music, and the coveted waiter/waitress race trophy. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with the organizers and volunteers who help run the event, as well as satiated attendees and a three-month old establishment making it’s “taste” debut, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Activate! – Middle Way House: Meagan Barnhart

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Meagan Barnhart, volunteer at Middle Way House, talks about her experiences working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the need for more volunteers to make the Middle Way House mission even more successful. Go to http://www.middlewayhouse.org/ to volunteer.

bloomingOUT – June 19, 2014

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Reverend Irene Monroe discusses her observations about pride events around the country and other related issues. Helen and Michael chat about the significance of pride as well. Featured artist is British Indie pop singer/songwriter currently based in Miami FL Darren Ockert. Musical selections are “Modern Life,” “Force of Gravity,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “Crumbs” and “Everybody’s Lonely” from his “Short Story Long” cd.

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producer Sarah Hetrick
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick
Engineer Carissa Barrett

WFHB is Hiring a Full-Time Development Director!

Please see below for job description. Those interested in applying for the position should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@wfhb.org no later than 5 p.m., June 30, 2014.

General

Works with General Manager, Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers to raise funds for WFHB. Contacts businesses to solicit underwriting. Identifies, contacts, and cultivates  individuals to solicit multi-year pledges of annual support. Cultivation of business owners and individuals includes tours of the station, engagement of select donors and prospects with volunteer opportunities, speaks in public venues, and other public relation activities. Assist station grant writers with identification of sources and development of ideas. Works with General Manager and Board of Directors to identify, cultivate, and solicit individuals for planned gifts that will increase endowment. Prepares and processes thank you letters to underwriters and individuals. Organizes appropriate donor recognition events including lunches, dinners, annual meeting, and others.

Responsibility

Reports to and under the supervision of the General Manager. The Development Director provides leadership for development activities including underwriting, major gifts (multi-year pledges from individuals), and planned gifts.

Duties

1. Identifies, contacts, and solicits business for on-air underwriting.
2. Identifies, contacts, cultivates, and solicits individuals for multi-year annual gifts.
3. Works with General Manager and Board of Directors to identify, contact, cultivate, and solicit individuals for planned gifts.
4. Develops marketing materials for underwriting, individual, and planned giving.
5. Provides assistance to station grant writers in identifying possible funding sources and developing ideas.
6. Keeps accurate records of contacts with businesses and individuals.
7. Develops individualized plans to cultivate and solicit individual donors.
8. Provides recognitions for donors and stewardship over donor gifts.
9. Works in conjunction with the General Manager, Staff, and Board of Directors to ensure that all activities are implemented and that follow-up assessments are conducted.
10. Inputs data and maintains data on underwriting and individuals in computer tracking system.
11. Assists the General Manager in developing, implementing, and tracking semiannual fund drives.
12. Keeps the General Manager informed of progress, problems, and possible areas of improvement in fundraising.
13. Other duties as assigned by the General Manager.

Qualifications

Skills, knowledge, and abilities.

1. Evidence of broad knowledge, understanding, and well-developed skills in fundraising.
2. Computer literate. Strong computer skills a plus.
3. Proven ability to communicate effectively through oral presentation, written word, and graphic displays.
4. Mature judgment in analyzing and interpreting financial potential and evaluating prospective donors.
5. Ability to effectively prioritize tasks.
6. Ability to accomplish objectives through individual and cooperative efforts.

Training or Equivalent Qualifying Experience

Bachelor degree in nonprofit management or related field and either 1 year work experience in fundraising or 2 years work experience in related area; or combination of education and experience that provides the equivalent.

Interchange – Courting the 1%: The Roberts Court and Money

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Host Doug Storm talks with Steve Sanders an associate professor in the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University. Sanders teaches in the areas of constitutional and public law while his current scholarship focuses on issues affecting same-sex couples and their families at the intersection of constitutional law, conflict of laws, federalism, and family law.

We spend the hour talking about recent Supreme Court decisions made by The Roberts Court. As the court is now decidedly split to favor money and power–routinely protecting institutional and financial power over the individual citizen–it seems to be working with an agenda in mind.

The Supreme Court of the United States is clearly a political and ideological institution and in our oligarchical moment of history, it is working in overdrive to support the designs of the 1% among us. Perhaps you’ll doubt my framing of the situation, but the record is clear as to the ideological bias of the court, and it’s moved further right since the appointments of Richard Nixon. In fact the justice often referred to as the “swing” vote on the Court, that one vote that clubs with either the 4 on the right or the 4 on the left, is the conservative Anthony Kennedy, a Reagan appointee.

Cases discussed:

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action

IU, After Local Pressure, Alters Plan To Demolish 6 Historic Houses

Indiana University will be deciding this week on the fate of six historic Bloomington houses.

Last year, IU announced plans to build a new law school facility on land currently occupied by Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house, commonly known as FeeGee. IU agreed to build a new facility for the fraternity on the 800 block of E 8th St which is part of the University Courts historic district. The area has been placed on the state historic register since 1992 and on the national historic register since 2007.

Alarm over IU’s demolition plan of the homes prompted the City of Bloomington to place the district on its list of local historic districts this spring. This designation requires city approval for any development plan in the area, but there is dispute as to whether state owned property would be exempt from the city purview. A legal opinion solicited by Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana found credible argument for the designation to apply to the demolition of the eight street homes even though they are owned by IU.

Beyond the legal rights, IU has come under considerable pressure from the local residents, the Historic Preservation Commission of the City, members of City Council and the Mayor, to preserve the houses slated for demolition, and according to an agenda released today, IU seems to have listened.

The IU Trustees Facilities Committee will be looking at a new proposal that would move four of the houses a block to the west, while still demolishing two properties. Philip Eskew, an IU trustee and chair of Facilities Committee, explains what prompted the alteration of the plan.

“We’ve worked with the mayor, the council and the historical group in Bloomington to listen to their concerns,” Eskew says. “We are recommending to the trustees that we change what we had initially said tearing down the houses and instead move the four worthy of being saved.”

Eskew affirmed that the university believes that it has the legal right to dispose of the houses any way it sees fit.

A bill introduced into the Indiana legislature earlier this year by local state representative Matt Pierce would have required public institutions seeking to demolish, move or change the exterior of a university building within a historic preservation district to obtain a certificate of appropriateness before commencing work.

In Bloomington, it would be the City’s Historic Preservation Commission that would control the certification process. However, the bill failed to make it to the floor of the House in time for passage during this year’s session.

Nevertheless, the local pressure seems to have had some impact on IU.

“There were several groups, even neighbors, that spoke about the tearing down of the houses,” Eskew says. “I think this is a reaction to that and we’re trying to be good neighbors with the community, as we always have been.”

The meeting of the trustees that will be addressing this item will be on the South Bend Campus of IU.

Eskew says the committee will make a recommendation and act on the action items.

The Facilities Committee of the Trustees meeting on Thursday will be from 3:15 to 5 p.m. The full Trustees meeting on Friday will be from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Both will be in combined rooms 221, 223 and 225 of the Student Activity Center of IU South Bend. Both meetings are open to the public.

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