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Tucson, Arizona 85721-0067
Arizona Public Media
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Tucson, Arizona 85719
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Arizona Public Media® and AZPM® are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). It is the policy of AZPM to comply with the open meetings requirement for public broadcast stations as set forth in the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. 47 USC § 396(k)(4), and the Arizona Open Meeting Law, A.R.S. § 38-431 et seq.
AZPM’s radio and television stations are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ABOR for the benefit of the University of Arizona. General information about ABOR can be found at ABOR's website. ABOR’s public meetings policies are contained within the Bylaws section of its Policy Manual. The ABOR website also contains a listing of all upcoming ABOR public meetings.
AZPM’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) works to ensure that AZPM stations meet the needs and interests of the communities they serve. General information about the CAB can be found on the CAB section of our site. Meetings of the CAB and its committees are generally open to the public. AZPM’s meeting policy is available for download. A listing of all scheduled CAB and CAB Committee Meetings can also be found on the CAB page.
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Arizona Public Media is committed to serving the public interest by providing content of the highest quality that enriches the marketplace of ideas, unencumbered by commercial imperative.
Our Editorial Standards and Policies are our guide to that commitment.
Arizona Public Media informs, inspires and connects our community by bringing people and ideas together.
We connect you to the community and the world through the intellectual and creative resources of the University of Arizona. We are leaders within the community and industry, embracing new technologies, ideas, and partnerships. Our efforts in service to the community are sustained by the investment of individual supporters in partnership with the University of Arizona, the business community, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
AZPM staff, volunteers, and students are committed to meeting the needs and exceeding the expectations of our audiences and colleagues with honesty and integrity. We are dedicated to uncompromising journalistic values, high-quality production, and the best use of technology.
We believe that meaningful long-term impact comes through innovation and through mutually beneficial relationships with production partners. We accept reasonable risk in our strategic investments and reward performance, in order to foster sustained growth.
Through our work we promote an open exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experiences. We value individual contributions and respect the differences of our staff and partners. Diversity of opinion and constructive, open debate are encouraged and appreciated. As we are an operating unit of the University of Arizona, continual learning and education are at the core of our culture.
We set challenging goals and achieve measurable results working together as members of a unified team striving daily to improve performance in service to our community. Our decisions will be guided by what best serves audiences. We are committed to using our combined financial, technical, and human capital, and our multiple stations, to create more value for audiences together as a system than as individual stations.
In a rapidly changing professional environment, Arizona Public Media is putting forth its strategic plan in order to remain relevant and financially independent as it brings Southern Arizona and the world the best public broadcasting has to offer. Your input and participation is important. Please visit the website about.azpm.org and offer your comments or questions about the strategic plan or any of our services.
Arizona Public Media (AZPM) is a trusted source of information that promotes thoughtful conversation and community collaboration. AZPM will create, acquire, and distribute distinctive and relevant content for, with and about Southern Arizona, The University of Arizona, and the Southwest.
Key Elements of the Plan
Have engaged, supportive, and informed audiences cultivated through the development of distinctive original content for and about them. AZPM will be widely recognized for contributing to the lifelong education of the residents of Southern Arizona. (Audience Development)
Expand sources of income and raise diverse, reliable and growing revenues to sustain the organization’s mission and ensure that all resources are used to their full potential. (Financial Sustainability)
Attract and retain a skilled, flexible, responsible workforce dedicated to the mission and values of AZPM. (People & Culture)
Secure highly valued and mutually-beneficial strategic partnerships with for-and non-profits, and UA departments which are centered on collaborative original content development and community building. (Strategic Partners)
Obtain and utilize robust and flexible technical resources which ensure reliable ongoing operations and also support strategic content development and distribution. (Technology)
Content Will Focus on Key Areas
•News and PublicAffairs
•Science, Health, and Technology
•Nature and the Environment
•Arts and Culture
•Education and Civics
What is Transformational About This Plan?
If AZPM is successful with this plan, by 2015, AZPM will have:
• National quality originally-created content with an increased focus on radio news
• Robust engagement with our audiences and increased viewer feedback
• Increased sources of revenue
• Foundation for a Capital Campaign for a new facility
• Independent, responsive, energetic organizational culture with a professional and healthy competitive work environment
• Strategic partnerships to increase content production and/or access to original content, and opportunities for national distribution
• Reliable, cutting edge delivery systems
• Maximized distribution platforms to gain largest audience share possible
• Expanded online opportunities inside and outside AZPM
Thanks to generous contributions from 1761 new and renewing members, Arizona Public Media raised $285,092 during the just concluded spring TV membership campaign. The total raised was eight percent over goal and a 15 percent increase over last year’s spring campaign. Please keep the momentum going as we now ask your support for the upcoming semi-annual radio membership campaign, April 3 - 11, on NPR 89.1 and Classical 90.5. Tune in and support AZPM to ensure that you can continue to enjoy the informative and entertaining radio programs from NPR, PRI and APM on which you rely every day, as well as AZPM’s own Arizona Spotlight on NPR 89.1, the Community Concerts series on Classical 90.5, and local news reports broadcast on both stations.
One of the benefits of your AZPM membership is the opportunity to attend sneak previews of upcoming national and locally produced TV programs. In celebration of the new Ken Burns documentary “The Address,” AZPM will present a preview of the film with guest speaker John Warnock, a professor of English in the Graduate Program in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English at the University of Arizona. The special event starts at 6:30 p.m. on April 9 at the Center for Creative Photography on the UA campus.
“The Address” documentary, which premieres on April 15 at 9 p.m., honors the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and tells the story of a Vermont school where boys with learning differences memorize and recite the Address in public. As part of a national “Take the Address” initiative, AZPM will offer the opportunity to guests at the event to recite the famous Address. The Tucson recordings will be posted on the national learntheaddress website along with those of many others from across the country.
The February TV ratings were just released, and Sunday nights on PBS 6 continue to be the most popular with Southern Arizona audiences. Not surprisingly, the premiere of Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey, Season Four was the top rated program locally. Nationally, the wildly popular dramatic series reached an average audience of 15.5 million viewers, making it the highest-rated drama premiere in PBS history.1 Two new specials, Making of a Lady and Murder on the Home Front, also helped boost Sunday’s ratings. Antiques Roadshow on Mondays remains a consistent top-five favorite, and Doc Martin, Season Six on Thursday nights continues to build audience with each new season.2
Sunday night dramas continue in April on PBS 6. Starting at 7 p.m., you can watch all new seasons of Call the Midwife, Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge (at 8 p.m.), and The Bletchley Circle (at 9 p.m.). Season One of the new BBC TV series Inspector George Gently premieres on Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. Set in the 1960s, the program tells the story of an old-school detective trying to cope with a changing world in which the lines between the behaviors of police and criminals have become blurred. Visit tv/azpm.org/schedules for complete program listings.
In April, PBS 6 is the destination to learn more about animals; their habits, behaviors, bionics and DNA. Nature, at 8 p.m., features new programs: “My Bionic Pet,” “Touching the Wild,” and “Snow Monkeys.” NOVA at 9 p.m. premieres “Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius,” “Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses,” and “Animal Minds: Who’s the Smartest.” Your Inner Fish, a three-episode, scientific adventure debuting at 10 p.m. on April 9, reveals how the genetic legacy of fish and reptiles can be seen today in our own DNA. Don’t miss these compelling animal adventure stories.
AZPM will be out and about in the community this month. PBS Kids’ Curious George returns to Tucson after his recent visit to the Tucson Festival of Books to participate in the University of Arizona BookStore’s “Storytime” events at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. He will also take a trip to the Children’s Museum Tucson the same day to appear at its annual Let’s Get Fit Health! Health and Wellness Fair from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to all.
On behalf of all of us at AZPM, thank you for your continued viewership, listenership, and support.
Sincerely, Jack Gibson
1 Nielsen NPower, Live +7; 9.7 average household rating
2 TRAC Media Services, Tucson (Sierra Vista), February 2014, NSI HH
Arizona Public Media's Community Advisory Board
Arizona Public Media (AZPM), has a direct link to communities throughout Southern Arizona through its Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB serves as a means for public media consumers in Southern Arizona to participate in the planning and decision making process for the public service stations of The University of Arizona. The CAB shall advise and participate with station management and the university on a variety of planning, fundraising and public policy activities as they affect their respective communities.