2011 NETA Conference Set for Nashville

The NETA conference will be held Jan. 11-13 in Nashville. Make your plans by Dec. 10 to save money on the conference fee and also get a conference-rate room at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Topics will include a report on the Editorial Integrity Project, social media, connecting neighborhoods, and much more. Register here, and follow along on Facebook by searching for “2011 NETA Conference Nashville.

Futurestates Lesson Plans

ITVS has launched lesson plans to correspond with the provocative sci-fi series Futurestates as part of its Community Classroom program. Futurestates is a series of short, narrative films that ask viewers to imagine what life will be like in decades to come. The standards-aligned lesson plans cover language arts and science content. Find streaming video and lesson plans at futurestates.tv.

Gates Foundation Makes Major Gift to Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution recently announced a $50 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. $30 million of the funds will go to the Youth Access Endowment, a new Smithsonian initiative to reach underserved students in grades K-12. Interactive websites, games, and online conferences will be major components of the youth program.

Public Media Corps gets community feedback via “Cool Spots”

Public Media Corps (PMC),the National Black Programming Consortium’s project to promote broadband adoption among underserved communities, is well underway. Since its summer launch in Washington, D.C., fifteen fellows have been working in four neighborhoods predominantly consisting of African-American, Latino and immigrant residents. Special “Cool Spots”—mobile hubs for Net access—have been set up at public events like block parties so residents can share their thoughts with the PMC via netbooks. The Cool Spots also provide free WiFi. The PMC will use feedback to choose three or four projects for the fellows and their community partners to focus on.

Dec. 15: Forum Network Webinar

1 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dec. 15 – Learn more about the Forum Network, the PBS and NPR public media service that works in collaboration with public stations and community partners across the United States. Register here.

Check out NCME’s other upcoming webinars here.

Indy Producer Resources on the AIRwiki

Wiki, wiki, wiki! Our friends at the Association of Independents in Radio are calling on the power of all of us to share resources, opportunities, grants, awards and other leads to support the creativity and innovation of pubradio production and the world of sound. Anyone can join in: check out the FAQ.