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‘POV’ to expand digital production with $250,000 fund

PBS documentary strand 'POV' is bolstering its digital coproductions thanks to US$250,000 in funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
April 10, 2014

PBS documentary strand ‘POV’ is bolstering its digital coproductions thanks to US$250,000 in funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Of that amount, $75,000 will provide technical and creative support to the strand’s producer American Documentary Inc. to develop and produce “two promising media projects that push the boundaries of non-fiction media in the digital age,” producers said in a statement.

The funds will also go toward creating a year-long technology fellowship focused on the development of digital and mobile tools tailored for digital journalism and web documentary projects; and into the non-fiction media lab, POV Hackathon, which fosters collaborations between producers and technologists.

In 2014, ‘POV’ will host two labs in New York as well as an inaugural Los Angeles lab.

“While newsrooms have seen significant pick up in media innovation in recent years, there is a need for more digital breakthroughs in the television and broadcast arena,” said Michael Maness, the Knight Foundation’s VP of journalism and media innovation, in a statement. “Videos and documentaries have a great power to engage the public and capture in-depth stories. We can strengthen their reach by supporting innovation in this area.”

‘POV”s recent digital initiatives have included the Webby Award-winning interactive storytelling project POV Borders and a partnership with The New York Times to premiere new docs on both organizations’ websites.

‘POV’ is now seeking projects for digital co-production at pov.org/submit. To apply for the POV Digital Technologist Fellowship, visit pov.org/jobs.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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