Media Minute: July 5, 2012

I used to post over at, and now that I’ve expanded the focus of my personal blog, I thought it’d be cool to resuscitate my column I used to write over there.

As a PR pro, it’s my job to stay on top of media – where our colleagues are working, what they are doing, and what they might be interested in working on. Here are just a few of the tidbits that have come across my inbox recently.

Peggy Pico to Host KPBS Evening Edition: Pico, who was the station’s Science and Technology Reporter, officially began hosting the evening news program on July 2, 2012. She originally joined KPBS in 201o and has covered a wide range of stories including advances in mental health, biofuel, cancer research, and more. She recently hosted KPBS’ radio coverage of the primary election from Golden Hall. The show’s original host, Joanne Faryon, will join the KPBS investigative unit as Investigative Producer.  The move underscores the station’s commitment to fact-based reporting and deepens its existing partnership with Investigative Newsource, a nonprofit journalistic enterprise embedded within the KPBS newsroom. KPBS Evening Edition airs weekdays at 6:30 p.m. on KPBS TV.

KPBS Receives SPJ, NATAS Honors: KPBS was honored for outstanding work in television and radio by the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on June 28. The station received 10 awards, including nine first-place awards in the following categories: Serious Feature Story, Light Feature Story, Investigative/Enterprise Story, Regular Beat, Use of Sound, Community Service Program and News or Feature Series. First and second place were awarded to KPBS in the Criticism/Commentary category. Earlier this month, KPBS was also recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards.  The Emmy was awarded for KPBS Evening Edition’s Set Design.

San Diego’s New Energy 103.7 Names New Afternoon Host: Tim Virgin, an award-winning radio personality, joins the on-air staff at the Top 40 station KEGY-FM radio as Afternoon Host weekdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Voice of San Diego Announces Content Sharing Policies: In late June, U-T San Diego announced they are going to enact a metered paywall. And Voice of San Diego announced a new content sharing policy, that allows other media outlets and individuals to republish their articles free of charge. Learn more about their content sharing policy here.

Save the Date for Politifest: Saturday, Sept. 29 is the date for what Voice of San Diego CEO Scott Lewis calls “a festive day of local politics, civic discussion and good, old-fashioned family fun.” There will be a mayoral debate, congressional debate, kids area, beer garden, entertainment, community booths and more. Organizers are looking for event sponsors, community partners, and booths are available.

Bastille Day on the Bay: San Diego Press Club invites members and guests to their annual summer party on Thursday, July 12 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Organizers say it is the “French equivalent of Fourth of July and New Years rolled in one.” For just $20 per person, guests will enjoy music, food, and catching up with their media friends. For more details and to RSVP, contact Terry Williams no later than July 10, 2012.

Send your media news and events to me via email. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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