ICYMI: What Caught Our Attention in April
Canary had a busy month of April! Woodmere Art Museum and Philadelphia Young Playwrights offered programming produced as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts; the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts wrapped up its call for PA’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts; and we closed the month with the announcement of 43 winners for the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge. We have recaps to come on our day at BarCamp NewsInnovation, but for now here’s a quick roundup of what Canary was following on Facebook and Twitter:
· April 2: Many organizations are trying to reach every audience with new programming, often at the expense of resources and morale. Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, brings up that point in “Doing Too Much” on The Huffington Post. A must-read for anyone in the nonprofit world.
· April 11: We asked our followers if they were on Vine, and it seems like the six-second video app is gaining traction. PR News posits two more reasons why brands should get on board.
· April 16: Fast Company confronts excuses and offers “3 Ways To Tackle Your Procrastination Problem,” including an important — but often overlooked — solution: Just get started.
· April 17: The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News paywalls finally went live, leading to a host of questions about strategy since Philly.com is still available for free. Philadelphia City Paper offers more insight in a piece by Daniel Denvir: “Paywall? Philly papers’ elusive efforts to make journalism pay.”
· April 23: The New York Times excerpts media writer Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, giving us a tabloid-ready peek into the world of NBC’s Today show around the time Ann Curry was fired. The piece included an eye-opening revelation: that the entire program had only one dedicated PR person overseeing the stars, correspondents and producers (prompting us to utter the mantra “Keep Calm and Call Canary”).
· April 29: As the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts came to a close, Alaina Mabaso shares how overwhelming the surge of press pitching for festivals can be on the few writers who are left to cover the many events going on throughout the city in “Woe to journalists at an arts festival.”
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