Redefining Success in Print Media

first_img Engaging audiences on different platforms was a key theme throughout the day. While many publishers have established social media platforms, it remains an area that brands want to improve upon. Snapchat Discover and Facebook Live were a favorite topic, as they’re new platforms many companies have yet to crack open. But at this year’s min day summit in New York on Tuesday, several panelists noted that print is still an important platform and will likely remain relevant for at least the next ten years. Digital and print are often framed in opposition, but by seeing the two platforms as complementary, one can conceive of print’s continuing success. The definition of a successful print magazine just might have to change. Panelists Larry Burstein, publisher at New York Media, Christian Baesler, president of Bauer Xcel Media, and Scott Burton, executive editor of ESPN The Magazine, specifically explored this concept. Each panelist took a different approach towards print and digital. NEW YORK—Over the past decade or so, it has become relatively common to hear the phrase “print is dead.” In this environment, context and engagement matter more than ever. “If you create a better experience in these mobile environments, you’re more likely to succeed in the long term,” he said. This means erasing loading time—if it takes longer than ten seconds, half your audience is gone. Google’s AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) thereby aims to create a faster environment for consumers to engage with content. “The next $50 billion will come from a better mobile experience,” announced Craig DiNatali, Google’s director of News Media Partnerships and the keynote speaker. Media is increasingly being consumed in different verticals, as behavior and consumption has changed drastically. Almost 80% of people access news on mobile devices today.   The rest of the min day Summit saw more than 25 leaders from magazine media, advertising agencies, and tech companies discuss specific challenges, strategies, and opportunities in the industry. Speakers examined a wide range of topics, from exploring the possibilities of virtual reality to understanding Hispanic marketing. In contrast, Bauer advocates for separate operations entirely. “Editorially, we found the tools you need as an editor to succeed in print versus digital are very different,” Baesler explained.center_img A lively group of industry professionals gathered at the Yale Club to hear the speakers, which included Kate Brady, director of media strategy and innovation at PepsiCo, Cathy Glosser, SVP licensing for Condé Nast, Mike Suggett, VP, executive producer, original programming at Ten/MindOverEye, and Michael Brownstein, VP and CRO of Meredith Corp. Burstein emphasized that New York Media focuses heavily on “reaching the audience in any way they want to be reached,” by integrating departments. ESPN the Magazine also uses an assimilated approach to take advantage of ESPN’s enormous reach. This allows for strategizing across all channels, resulting in wide coverage that engages audiences beyond the Magazine’s reach. Despite the different approaches, all three panelists maintained that print would be successful in the future, provided one understands the different context within which print exists today. Burstein and Burton agreed print magazines need to identify themselves as a place where people can access great stories. Certain content areas are better suited for digital because of the quick publishing time. But magazines offer a different reading experience, one that is finite and tangible. National Geographic’s vice president of social media, Rajiv Mody, discussed why brands should improve their social strategy, using the brand’s impressive use of Snapchat Discover as an example. Mody said that Discover should be as customized and engaging as possible for the audience. But such customization should not be relegated only to social media. It is also increasingly important in advertising. Digital may have initially been seen as a way to increase ad revenue and access, but brands have seen ad blockers, viewability problems, and other roadblocks appear. So customization is more important than ever, and clients reflect this. There is an increasing trend of clients partnering with brands to create custom content. But, as Shenan Reed, president, digital of MEC Global said, “We don’t spend enough time talking about the terrible creative that could be massively improved to help performance.”last_img read more

OBITUARY Maureen A Sullivan 43

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Maureen A. Sullivan, age 43, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on May 20, 2018.Maureen was the cherished daughter of Ronald D. and Claire L. (Gagnon) Sullivan of Wilmington, dear sister of Ronald D. Sullivan, Jr. & his wife Sherry of Manchester, NH, Robert Sullivan & his partner Christine Brady of Lowell, Christopher Sullivan & his wife Rhonda of Derry, NH and Richard Sullivan & his partner Mary Hunt of Raymond, NH, loving aunt of Jewell, Jade, Daniel, Nicholas and Caleb. Maureen is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, May 25th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 24th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.Memorial donations in Maureen’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Maureen A. Sullivan(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Ronald D. “Herman” Sullivan, 71In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of August 19, 2018:Address: 269 Ballardvale StreetPrice: $1,320,000Buyer: 16 Robin LLCSeller: 269 Ballardvale Street LLCDate: 8/21/18Use: Office/IndustrialLot Size: 47,480 sfAddress: 44 Cunningham StreetPrice: $419,000Buyer: Thomas P. SheehanSeller: JMF Realty LLCDate: 8/24/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 4,792 sfAddress: 24 Dorchester StreetPrice: $580,000Buyer: Tich B. HuynhSeller: John Houghton & Yiching HoughtonDate: 8/23/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 30,056 sfAddress: 35 Fairmeadow RoadPrice: $559,000Buyer: Timothy J. RairnoSeller: Cosmo Disanto & Giuseppina DisantoDate: 8/21/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 10,890 sfAddress: 41 Lake StreetPrice: $484,900Buyer: Robert J. BrennanSeller: Edward P. White, Trustee for LPMDate: 8/22/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 20,909 sfAddress: 3 Linda RoadPrice: $425,000Buyer: Rocco RanieriSeller: Antonio S. Marino, Trustee for Antonio & Anna V. MarinoDate: 8/24/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 10,091 sfAddress: 1 Sheridan RoadPrice: $620,000Buyer: Matthew R. Griesbach & Whitney J. GriesbachSeller: Wildcats Realty LLCDate: 8/24/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 11,761 sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

Airbus sees no serious impact from China economy slowdown

first_imgPlane manufacturer Airbus broke ground on its first wide-body completion plant outside Europe in China on 2 March, while its CEO Fabrice Bregier said he saw no serious impact on the countrys aircraft market from a slowing economy.Airbus marked the handover of a completion and delivery centre for its wide-body A330 in Beijings neighbouring city of Tianjin, which will be a new addition to its existing assembly plant for A320 planes.At Airbus, we are honoured to play our part and to open a major new chapter in our cooperation with you here today. I have every confidence that this centre will be a great success, Bregier said at the handover ceremony, attended by Chinese officials.The CEO of Airbus says it expects Chinas aviation market, the worlds second-largest, to emerge unscathed from an economic slowdown thanks to robust demand for international travel.The economy is slowing down. This is true globally. This is not true for our market. And we believe that for the next five years, plus 10% growth year-on-year in already the second biggest market in the world, is extremely important and a very cautious assumption, Bregier told reporters.China has focused, rightly so, on single-aisles (narrow-body aircraft) a lot, and will continue to procure a lot of single-aisles. But I am sure the next step will be getting more wide-bodies. So perhaps one day there will be enough market to look at such a big investment, he added.Even though the Chinese economy has lost some steam, aircraft-makers like Airbus and Boeing remain buoyant about air travel demand in the country. Airbus expects China to need 5,400 new planes over 20 years and is considering hedging its bets there as a result. At the same time, it is studying whether it should increase the production rate of its A320 assembly line, Airbus China chief Eric Chen said.Boeing has also signed a cooperation document with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to build a completion centre for its 737 passenger jets in China.The number of Chinese leisure travellers going overseas for the first time topped 100m in 2014, official data shows. Foreign travel is tipped to grow another 10% this year as the United States, France and Australia ease visa policies.last_img read more

Housewife killed in Chapainawabganj road crash

first_imgRoad Accident logoA housewife was killed in a road accident at Lalapara area of Chapainawabganj sadar upazila on Wednesday morning.The deceased is Fahima Begum, 24, wife of a certain Masud Rana, a resident of Rasiknagar area of Shibganj upazila, reports UNB.Chapainawabganj police station officer-in-charge Saber Reza Ahmed said a Shibganj-bound bus hit an auto-rickshaw, leaving Fahima critically injured around 11:00am.Local rushed the victim to Chapainawabganj Sadar Hospital where physicians declared her dead, he said.The driver of the bus managed to flee the scene, the OC added.last_img

JaPa trying to exploit AL weaknesses

first_imgHM ErshadRuling Awami League is now in a shaky position in view of its declining popularity, according to former military ruler HM Ershad’s Jatiya Party (JaPa).If the principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) joins the electoral race with full strength, JaPa leaders believe, the AL will fall into further vulnerability.In such a situation, the JaPa, which is both in the AL’s cabinet and the official opposition party in parliament, will bargain hard with the AL for increasing the number of seats for contesting the 11th parliamentary polls.”The Jatiya Party will demand 100 seats to contest from the Awami League-led alliance,” a senior leader of JaPa told Prothom Alo, adding that Ershad would soon talk to the alliance leader and prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, to raise the matter.The JaPa policymakers believe the AL-led government would not have got legitimacy, nor could it have stayed in power in its full term after the one-sided polls on 5 January 2014, had the JaPa not been with the AL government.The party is at the same time the ‘determinant of power’ and a ‘safeguard’ for the AL camp, according to JaPa leaders.The AL will desperately need JaPa, no matter whether the BNP joins the election or boycott it, they added.”If other parties including the BNP contest the elections, it would be tough for the Awami League alone to overcome the challenge. And if the BNP boycotts the election, JaPa’s participation is a must to show the elections as an inclusive one,” said one of them.So, the JaPa leaders said, they have taken the decision in principle to demand more seats. The top leaders held several meetings on the matter.”We will raise the demand for 100 seats. We know as the Awami League is a big party, they have some limitations. We have formed an alliance as well. The election must be held with all. The question is: If the Awami League cannot win or if the election is not possible without us, why will we be deprived of [more seats]?” JaPa general secretary ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader said.The JaPa top leaders feel the party will be more benefitted if they win more seats than securing two or three cabinet portfolios. Leaders and activists of the party at the grassroots may get higher facilities in the respective constituencies, than they receive three cabinet members from the party, the party leaders said.However, some JaPa leaders think the party should bargain for higher number of cabinet portfolios, should the AL-led grand alliance win the next general elections.A senior presidium member of JaPa, who preferred not to be named, said the party had a written agreement with the AL for giving 80 seats for JaPa in 2014. But many of the candidates withdrew their nomination following Ershad’s sudden announcement to boycott the polls, the leaders recalled. As section of the party candidates under Rowshan Ershad’s leadership were still in the race, the party’s candidates were eventually declared winners in 34 seats.The scenario is completely different this time around as the AL government is in trouble with allegations of corruption and killing, apart from challenge arising out of any decision of the BNP.The government’s isolation from the people was exposed in the recent movements for quota reform and road safety, the JaPa leader pointed out.They observed that the joining an alliance with the AL involves certain risks for the JaPa. So, they feel, they should be rewarded.The JaPa policymakers no longer want to play the role of a ‘domestic’ opposition party in the next parliament.The leaders want to become a strong coalition partner if it joins the AL-led government, winning more seats in parliament.Accordingly, the JaPa is trying to expanding its political alliance to enhance negotiation power. The JaPa chairman, Ershad, has already negotiated with the 59-party Sammilito Jatiya Jote including two registered Islamic parties.The JaPa will field candidates in 300 seats if the BNP boycotts and try to exploit the anti-incumbency factor for changing the regime, JaPa co-chairman GM Quader said.He added that the JaPa will form electoral alliance with the AL in case the BNP joins the race.*This piece, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrinlast_img read more

Abbott Officially Calls Special Session Allowing Lawmakers To Begin Filing Bills

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneGov. Greg Abbott lays out items for a special session at a press conference on June 6, 2017.Gov. Greg Abbott issued a declaration for a special session of the Texas Legislature Monday, formally inviting lawmakers back to Austin to pass “sunset legislation” that will keep several key state agencies open.The long-awaited procedural move allows lawmakers to begin filing bills for the special session set to begin on July 18. In addition to the formal declaration, Abbott also released a draft version of 19 additional items he plans to add to the special session agenda later on. Last month, Abbott announced that lawmakers would consider 20 total legislative items during the special session.Lawmakers’ failure to pass “sunset” legislation during this year’s 140-day regular session forced Abbott to call the special session. Absent that measure, government agencies including the Texas Medical Board, which licenses doctors across the state, will have to shut down.“With today’s proclamation, and with bill authors already lined up for all special session items, I look forward to working with the House and Senate to finish the people’s business,” Abbott said in a statement.During the special session, lawmakers will return to several controversial issues that deeply divided the state’s Republican leadership, including a so-called “bathroom bill” that seeks to restrict which bathrooms transgender Texans can use. In his unofficial supplemental call, Abbott described that issue as “legislation regarding the use of multi-occupancy showers, locker rooms, restrooms, and changing rooms.”Abbott also wants legislators to take on school finance reform, school choice for special needs students and several local control measures.Secretary of the Senate Patsy Spaw said her office received a copy of the proclamation around 11:00 a.m., which she forwarded to senators to alert them that they could begin filing bills. A physical copy of the proclamation was also delivered to senators’ offices in the Capitol building. No senate bills have yet been filed for the special session.Meanwhile the House, which has had an e-filing system in place for years, received over two dozen bills before 1:00 p.m.Robert Haney, the House chief clerk, said the first bill filed Monday, House Bill 41 from state Rep. Mike Schofield, R-Katy, was received at 11:42 a.m. The bill aims to change how the state calculates the constitutional spending limit, which restricts how much the budget can grow from one biennium to the next. Sharelast_img read more

UPDATE Franken Reiterates He Wont Resign I Know That Ive Let A

first_imgUpdated at 1:53 p.m. ETSen. Al Franken said Monday he would not resign from office after allegations of sexual harassment have been leveled against him.“I know that I’ve let a lot of people down,” Franken said, noting that he was looking forward to getting back to work. “My colleagues, my staff, my supporters and everyone who has counted on me to be a champion for women. To all of you, I just want to again say I am sorry. I know there are no magic words I can say to regain your trust.”He said the process will take time and “that starts with going back to work today.”The Minnesota Democrat spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill for the first time since multiple women have accused him of inappropriate sexual conduct, ranging from forcible kissing to unwanted touching. He took a few questions, reiterated that he would not resign and expressed remorse and regret.“I’ve been trying to take responsibility by apologizing,” Franken said. He added, “I’m going to be accountable” and “cooperate completely with the ethics investigation.”Franken’s conduct has been referred to the Senate Ethics Committee. The committee could recommend anywhere from a reprimand to censure to expulsion, but the full Senate would have to act on that.Leeanne Tweeden, a radio host in Los Angeles and former model, toured with Franken as part of the USO. She recalled Franken forcibly kissing her during sketches and rehearsals. A photo taken aboard a cargo plane also shows Franken touching Tweeden’s breasts over a flak jacket while she was asleep. Looking over his shoulder, Franken smirks at the camera.Franken said he didn’t remember his time with Tweeden the same way, but noted, “I feel that you have to respect women’s experience. I apologized to her, and I meant it. And I was very grateful that she accepted it.”Women have also accused Franken of touching their buttocks while taking photos in Minnesota. Franken said he does not remember specific instances in which that happened, but he did not deny that it did.“One is too many,” Franken said. He added that it was disrespectful and he is sorry he hurt them.“I am tremendously sorry. I am going to have to be much more conscious, much more careful, much more sensitive that this will not happen again going forward. It’s going to take a lot more time for me to earn people’s trust.”He repeated later, “I am tremendously sorry. … I am embarrassed. I feel ashamed.”Franken’s comments echo what he told Minnesota Public Radio News in an interview over the weekend: “I’m going to go forward. I’m going to take responsibility. I’m going to be held accountable, and I’m going to try to be productive in the way I speak about this.”Democrats have been aiming for the moral high ground on sexual harassment, especially ahead of a Dec. 12 Senate special election in Alabama. Republican Roy Moore there has been accused of sexual misconduct and assault against teenage girls 40 years ago. Sharelast_img read more

Report Sen Franken Groped Army Veteran During USO Tour

first_imgWikimedia CommonsMinnesota senator Al Franken.Embattled Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is facing a new allegation of inappropriately touching a woman after an Army veteran accused him of groping her during a USO Christmas tour in the Middle East more than a decade ago.Stephanie Kemplin, 41, of Maineville, Ohio, told CNN in report Thursday that Franken had cupped her right breast when she stood next to him for a photo in December 2003. Kemplin, who was deployed to Kuwait at the time, is the fifth women in two weeks to accuse Franken of sexual misconduct.Franken’s office released the same statement it provided CNN late Wednesday.“As Sen. Franken made clear this week, he takes thousands of photos and has met tens of thousands of people and he has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct. He remains fully committed to cooperating with the ethics investigation,” the statement said.Kemplin did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment. She is the second woman to accuse Franken of inappropriate behavior during a USO tour. He personally apologized earlier this month to Leeann Tweeden, now a Los Angeles radio host, who said he forcibly kissed and groped her during a 2006 tour. Tweeden released a photo showing the comedian turned senator posing in a joking manner with his hands on her chest as she naps wearing a flak vest aboard a military plane.Franken personally apologized to Tweeden and said he welcomes an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee of the other allegations against him.Three other women allege Franken grabbed their buttocks while posing with them for photos during separate campaign events in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Sharelast_img read more

Special Education Advocates Worry Abbotts School Safety Plan Will Accelerate SchoolToPrison Pipeline

first_img Share Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeDeputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on the scene of Santa Fe High School, where a shooting occurred in May.Joanne Tunchez’s 15-year-old son forgot to take his ADHD medication one Friday morning in late March. By the end of the day, he had been removed from his South Texas school and arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat in his culinary class.When his teacher asked him to take off his backpack that morning, he told her, “It’s not like it’s going to blow up,” according to Tunchez’s later conversations with students who witnessed the incident. Tunchez said the school failed to thoroughly investigate the matter before removing him, violating federally mandated procedures for removing a student with a disability.As a recent spate of school shootings has provoked nationwide panic, some advocates and parents, like Tunchez, are worried school and state officials’ response to the May massacre at Santa Fe High School could harm some students more than it protects them.Criminal charges have since been dropped for Tunchez’s son, who has ADHD and anxiety, but he missed more than two weeks of school, spent a couple of days in juvenile detention and failed the state standardized English test required for him to graduate.“I understand they were not going to tolerate kids making a terroristic threat. But they assumed it was a terroristic threat, when it was not a threat at all,” Tunchez said. “Because they didn’t listen to what we were trying to say, he still has to suffer a consequence for something he didn’t do.”The state government’s response to the heightened fear of school shootings has stemmed from a 40-point list of school safety recommendations released May 30 by Gov. Greg Abbott, compiled after three days of roundtable discussions with teachers, law enforcement, mass shooting survivors and advocates on both sides of the debate over guns.Those recommendations have added fuel to a longstanding debate over how schools should balance classroom safety with the rights of vulnerable students.Advocates for less-punitive disciplinary policies argue the governor’s plan is too focused on “zero-tolerance” discipline and would increase the likelihood that students of color and students with disabilities are kicked out of school and shuttled into the justice system. They fear education policy will swing back toward punitive discipline as educators and lawmakers grasp for immediate solutions to head off violence next school year.“The Legislature has worked to undo some of the harmful discipline policies in practice now. The big fear is what we’re seeing is a push to go backward … and going backward would harm very specific groups of people,” said Lauren Rose, director of youth justice policy at Texans Care for Children.Disproportionate punishmentFollowing a national trend, Texas students with disabilities as well as black and Hispanic students are already disproportionately suspended or expelled for misconduct, often removed from school and placed in disciplinary alternative education programs where they are temporarily educated separately from their peers. Past state audits of these programs have shown their limited success in educating kids, increasing the students’ likelihood of dropping out once or before they return to their regular campuses.Abbott’s plan includes recommendations to make it easier for teachers to remove students they suspect of violence from their classrooms by adding stalking, cruelty to animals and possession of weapons on school property to the list of offenses that could trigger removal. It also recommends creating systems to address the root causes of students’ misbehavior, including any mental health needs, once they are removed from classrooms.“What’s really concerning is having the state expand any sort of offenses and put a stamp of approval on using [disciplinary programs] as a response to student behavior,” said Morgan Craven, a staff attorney at nonprofit advocacy group Texas Appleseed. She agreed students who misbehave should receive extra counseling and support — but well before they are suspended or expelled. “Zero tolerance doesn’t ask any questions or get to what the issues are. It just says, ‘We’re going to push you away,’” she said.Abbott’s plan also indicates that school districts should follow existing specialized behavior management plans for students in special education who act out because of their disabilities, instead of moving to suspend or expel them, through protections laid out in federal law.Despite the existing federal protections, students with disabilities are overrepresented in disciplinary alternative education programs. In 2016, they made up 16 percent of the programs but just 8.8 percent of the student population.Already, education lawyers are noting more cases where students are removed from school for allegedly making terroristic threats, one of a long list of behaviors that can trigger placement in a disciplinary program.“We’ve seen that students with behavioral and emotional disorders, who have disabilities in those areas, have been the target of those disciplinary removals,” said Hank Bostwick, a lawyer at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid who manages special education cases. “When the child has a disability, that substantially impairs the student’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his or her actions.”Teachers dividedClassroom teachers are more divided on the issue of punitive student discipline, with some arguing that they need more tools to be able to ensure students who put them and other students at risk are not simply left without consequences or help.“We don’t want students being unnecessarily removed from classrooms. … On the other hand, we don’t want teachers’ hands so tied that they can’t exercise an option allowed in the law to address persistent misbehavior,” said Paige Williams, staff attorney and director of legislation for the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.In 1995, in response to a federal mandate, Texas passed the Safe Schools Act, which required all school districts to provide separate educational settings for students who are suspended or otherwise removed from regular classrooms due to bad behavior. A couple of decades later, with educators leaning on classroom removals and the criminal justice system to deal with classroom management, lawmakers passed a series of laws rolling back zero-tolerance discipline policies and requiring school leaders to consider alternatives to expelling or suspending students.Last year, the Legislature banned out-of-school suspensions for students younger than third grade.With the turn in policy, many teachers are concerned that they are losing their authority over classroom management and that administrators are not taking seriously their concerns over daily acts of student violence, Williams said. “We were hearing a lot of complaints from teachers who were sending students for behavior issues to the principal and there being no consequences once they got to an administrator,” she said. Teachers responding to an informal TCTA survey said lack of administrative support in student discipline issues was a key factor in their decisions to leave the profession, a data point cited in Abbott’s plan.Williams said she has heard from many teachers who were scared for their own safety due to students making perceived terroristic threats, but who had not been taken seriously by administrators or law enforcement.“We need a holistic approach,” she said. “It’s hard for me as a representative of teachers to say when someone threatens them that they shouldn’t take it seriously and shouldn’t do what they need to do to feel safe in their classrooms.”State efforts so farState Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat, authored a 2015 law that in part requires districts to establish “campus behavior coordinators,” who could be the principal or another school administrator, to determine how best to discipline a student sent to the principal’s office — which would help ensure teachers’ concerns were taken seriously and that students were treated fairly.But more than 150 school districts have exempted themselves from that requirement through a separate 2015 law intended to give districts more flexibility in following state regulations, according to a TCTA count this spring.Some of those schools have instead installed their own behavior and discipline management plans, Whitmire told The Texas Tribune this week. “Prior to [my 2015 law], everybody was saying there was no consensus who was in charge,” he said. “Parents didn’t know who to talk to. Teachers didn’t know who was looking out for school discipline.”Police officers placed on campus ended up handling school discipline, giving out tickets to students for minor infractions. Whitmire said he is concerned the current focus on school safety might prompt a reliance on law enforcement.“Now we’re in a period where everyone’s afraid,” he said. “We all have the same goal: school safety. But you’ve got to be very cautious that you don’t create some unintended consequences.”In fact, one of Abbott’s proposals was to station more police officers in schools, and districts are already moving forward with such plans. But Rose echoed Whitmire’s concerns, saying it would increase the likelihood that teachers and administrators rely on the criminal justice system to deal with behavioral issues.Black and Hispanic students are more likely to be arrested, ticketed and referred to juvenile probation than white students, though they are not more likely to misbehave, according to a 2016 report from Texans Care for Children and Texas Appleseed. “Creating new opportunities to remove students from the classroom is creating more opportunity to socially isolate them and putting students on a path away from success,” Rose said.At a state-sponsored roundtable in late May, family members and survivors of recent school shootings pitched Abbott ideas for what would make them feel more safe in their schools, such as stationing more police officers, making it easier to arm teachers and having students report any suspicious behavior.Many details of Abbott’s plan mirrored the proposals from that conversation, half of which was open to the media.Advocates argue any plans to make schools safer should consider the experiences of a broader group of students.“It’s really important to get input from students who have been through these horrible shootings,” Rose said. “To craft policies that create safe and supportive schools, it’s also important to get the perspective of students who have experienced the inappropriate, unintended consequences of zero-tolerance policies and having police in our schools, like students with disabilities and students of color.”Disclosure: The Texas Classroom Teachers Association and Texas Appleseed have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.last_img read more

Gettin Hitched

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 1, 2006 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 5 min read I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for one of our nation’s last great monopolies to be subjected to free market competition. Internet protocol TV is what will finally give cable TV a real race for your money, and 2007 is the year it begins in earnest.I want my FiOS TV or DAVE.TV! I want multiple PCs connected to multiple TVs at Chez Hogan simultaneously playing news and different HBO content on my PCs, as well as PC videos, spread-sheets and e-mail on my TVs. I want to pause, play back or skip ahead in live TV programs. And before business trips, I want to use Google to fetch Gilligan’s Island episodes for my laptop.Unfortunately, this vision hasn’t come into sharp focus yet, and IPTV hasn’t reached my neighborhood. But triple-play IPTV bundles (broadband, voice and video) are available to millions of folks in communities large and small, from Boston to Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, to Beaumont, California. A potentially fruitful aspect of these deployments is a new connection between your PC network and entertainment constellation. For example, subscribe to Verizon’s FiOS triple play, and the tech installs a wireless router connected to a TV set-top box/digital video recorder that’s actually a 160GB server. It can save 120 hours of video and let you view different videos, live programming, or photos from a PC on three separate TVs.That’s just a first wobbly step toward converged PC/entertainment networks, which Parks Associates predicts will be found in 30 million American homes by 2010. Not all will include IPTV. There are thorny digital rights and regulatory issues to work out before IP becomes the lingua franca between PCs and TVs. But we’ve passed some important milestones, including super-fast internet access for a critical mass of consumers; PCs and handhelds with enough graphics and computing power to deliver quality video and audio; and big, high-resolution TV/PC flat panels available at commodity prices.More than 5 million people worldwide already subscribe to IPTV version 1.0, reports iSuppli. That number will triple in 2007. By 2010, there should be 63 million IPTV subscribers worldwide, says iSuppli vice president Mark Kirstein, about 13 million of them in the U.S.That’s not most of the viewing public by any means. But IPTV doesn’t have to supplant cable to dampen subscription rates and up the TV ante. It just has to be a viable alternative.Telecom Tuning InIronically, the main proponents of IPTV are the same telcos who’ve had their own monopolies undermined by cable competitors. AT&T and Verizon are committing billions to a last-mile fiber-optic build-out-in part to defend their best markets against cable phone offerings. But video is also the richest vein in the triple play and a brand-new way for even century-old ruraltelcos to serve less populated areas.”It’s amazing how quickly Verizon picked up 25 percent to 30 percent market share in some communities,” muses Kirstein, considering those customers were wrested from cable. Initially, IPTV providers will break in by highlighting multiscreen viewing, expanded DVR and more interactivity for prices comparable to cable. But eight separate studies have found double-digit cuts in cable rates when IPTV comes to town.The speed of deployment will depend on the outcome of a regulatory tug-o-war being fought in state houses and city councils nationwide. TV isn’t just any old free market where technology will win out. As many as 30,000 separate regulatory bodies have to give their blessing and receive their tribute.Besides expanded functionality, New TV ushers in expanded video on demand. Initially, it will be mostly the same content traditional cable pro-viders offer, says Kirstein. But cable is contractually bound to an Old TV establishment that’s conflicted about its digital rights and how many copies of what should be allowed on what platforms. The growth opportunity is not in the same mass-market content–it’s in channels narrowly focused on a particular sport, hobby, music genre or religion, says Kirstein, or foreign-language channels direct from overseas.The BBQ channel on DAVE.TV might not be your cup of sauce. But, as the MySpace/YouTube phenomenon demonstrates, there are millions of wannabe moviemakers out there. They’ll need hardware, software and services that iSuppli projects will constitute a $4.5 billion TV spinoff by 2010. And like blogs or podcasts, VOD offers a low-budget way for entrepreneurs to reach self-selecting, highly motivated customer sets.Imagine marketing to a very defined audience and supporting them with click-to-call URLs and how-to videos. The hallmarks of New TV will be more choice, more flexibility and much more interactivity between you and your customers.It won’t be your father’s TV.IPTV GuideA sampling of nationwide IPTV services:Akimbo: A $180 player and $10 a month bring an eclectic mix of 10,000 vids to your TV.AT&T U-verse: A wireless router hooked up to a set-top network lets three TVs display or record 80 hours of different traditional channels simultaneously.DAVE.TV: This content-sharing community proves anyone with a camera-phone can make movies.ITVN: A $100 player (free with a 12-month subscription at $10 per month) accesses a half-dozen reasonably priced channel packages.Verizon FiOS TV: Like AT&T U-verse, but you can record 120 hours of video and transfer PC pics and music to your TVs.Mike Hoganis Entrepreneur’s technology editor.last_img read more

Streaming services from broadcasters and pay TV op

first_imgStreaming services from broadcasters and pay TV operators are giving Netflix and Amazon Prime Video a run for their money in France, Germany and the UK, according to new research.Data from research house App Annie analysing monthly active users shows YouTube is the most popular destination for video streaming in the three major European territories.In France streaming services from Orange, SFR and Canal+ – TV d’Orange, SFR TV and myCanal – all ranked higher than Netflix, which has struggled to establish itself in the country, only just making the top ten and placing ninth in the ranking.In Germany the TV Spielfilm service was second behind YouTube, with Amazon Prime Video third, pubcaster ZDF’s ZDF-App fourth. Netflix was fifth, ahead of Twitch and pay TV platform Sky’s Sky Go.In the UK the BBC iPlayer streaming and catch-up service ranked second. Netflix was fourth and Amazon did not feature in the top ten.“TV-first companies such as Sky, the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 have gained a particularly strong beachhead in the UK,” App Annie noted.“Early entry into the streaming market and strong promotion via their existing networks have given them a powerful first-mover advantage.”In terms of how users access mobile video, App Annie said mobile – meaning smartphone or tablet – accounted for 46% of usage.last_img read more