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NETA & AGC Announce Professional Development Partnership

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (January 23, 2019) – NETA President Eric Hyyppa announced a new partnership between the AGC and NETA in support of system wide professional development today at the 2019 NETA Conference and CPB Public Media Thought Leader Forum in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This partnership will be dedicated to addressing the needs of the public media system through multiple channels. It will develop an online learning ecosystem, in-person training opportunities, webinars, peer networks, and other tools, focused on several areas of need including management, public media 101, discipline specific training, and leadership development among others.

“As representatives of our system, the members of the Affinity Group Coalition recently affirmed their desire to support system wide professional development,” said AGC Chair Franz Joachim. “We are looking forward to what this working group will create to support our entire system.”

“A cornerstone of the NETA Strategic Plan is supporting your professional development and career advancement,” said NETA President Eric Hyyppa. “It’s a tall order and we’re excited for the challenge.”

To begin this process, AGC and NETA will form a professional development working group led by Molly Phillips, chair of NETA’s executive committee and the chair of the AGC’s new Professional Development Committee. Phillips will be supported by Timothy Eernisse, vice president, education at NETA. The working group members are a representation of public media including general managers, information technology, content, community engagement, education professionals from the Small Station Association, the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives, the University Licensee Association, the Joint Licensee Group, the Public Television Major Market Group, and the Independent Public Television Stations Association, working together over the next year to build a sustainable structure in support of public media professional development.

“In strategizing together with AGC, we believe the time is right to combine our efforts and announce a new partnership in support of public media professional development,” said Phillips. “I am honored to lead this group. We will work together to envision the future of professional development to support everyone in public media.”

The professional working group members are:

  • Molly Phillips, Executive Director and General Manager, Iowa Public Television
  • Timothy E. Eernisse, Vice President, Education, NETA
  • Royal Aills, General Manager, RSU Public Television, Claremore
  • David Brinkley, Director, WKU Public Broadcasting/Bowling Green
  • Amy Burkett, General Manager, WTVI/PBS Charlotte
  • Jack Galmiche, President and CEO, Nine Network of Public Media
  • Michael Harryman, Director of Communications and Community Collaboration, Wisconsin Public Television
  • Dr. Phil Hoffman, Executive Director, WUCF/Orlando
  • Jaime A. Jimenez, General Manager, KLCS/Los Angeles
  • Kim Johnson, General Manager, Colorado Public Television
  • Gregory Petrowich, General Manager, WSIU/Carbondale
  • Courtney Pledger, Executive Director, Arkansas Educational Television Network
  • Tim Stack, Web Services Manager, Utah Education Network
  • Jeff Tucker, Director of Content, Idaho Public Television

About NETA: NETA is a professional association of public television licensees created in 1997 from members of the original Southern Educational Communications Association (SECA, incorporated in 1967) and the Pacific Mountain Network (PMN, chartered in 1978) to serve and support public television licensees and public media’s education mission.  The organization has members in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. Follow NETA on Twitter and on Facebook.

About the AGC:  The Affinity Group Coalition (AGC) was founded to serve as a forum for addressing system-wide issues of interest to public television stations.  It is a station-led coalition of two representatives each from public television’s major affinity groups – member organizations that represent public television stations based on licensee type, community size and service profile. The AGC’s ultimate goal is to strengthen America’s public television stations, individually and as a whole, in order to better serve the American public. Learn more: PTV-AGC.org

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Rachel Morrison Parsons

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