SOURCE: TV Worldwide

May 24, 2005 07:07 ET

TV Worldwide Launches New Internet TV Channel for Journalists Covering the Nonprofit Community

TV Worldwide Teams with "The Fourth Estate and the Third Sector" to Launch Channel, www.FETSNEWS.com, in Live Video Webcast Press Conference May 24, 2005, 10:30 AM ET

CHANTILLY, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 24, 2005 -- TV Worldwide, a fast-growing web-based global Internet TV network and streaming video service provider, announced that it had been selected to build and launch a new Internet TV Channel Web Site, www.FETSNEWS.com, to serve the journalism community with advice and information on covering the nonprofit sector. The channel will be launched in cooperation with grant-funded organization "The Fourth Estate and the Third Sector" (FETS), during a live video press conference webcast to be held at TV Worldwide studios, May 24, 2005, at 10:30 AM ET. The webcast will feature a discussion on the channel's mission and announcement of The Fourth Estate and the Third Sector 2005 workshop and its presenters slated for June 15-20 at the University of Mississippi, along with the 2005 FETS journalism fellows.

"We're pleased to work with TV Worldwide to provide an information channel for journalists who cover nonprofits. We went to TV Worldwide because of its understanding of how to use technology to bring about the understanding of complex issues," said Burnis Morris, Founding Director of FETS. "In the long run, a deeper understanding will improve news organizations' coverage of nonprofits."

TV Worldwide Chairman and CEO Dave Gardy stated, "We're excited to be able to offer this important content as part of our Internet TV programming surrounding issues related to the nonprofit community."

The event will be archived for viewing at www.FETSNEWS.com and www.tvworldwide.com. Participants should log on by 10:15 AM ET on May 24 for free live coverage of the webcast press coverage. The archive of the webcast will be available within 24 hours after the live event.

The Fourth Estate and the Third Sector is an outgrowth of Morris' work with Independent Sector, a Washington nonprofit that serves as a national leadership forum for the nonprofit community. From 1993 to 1997, Morris helped Independent Sector hold conferences at five schools of journalism on improving news coverage of the tax-exempt community, and he wrote two books offering journalists advice on coverage.

During this time, Morris got the idea for a national training and information program for journalists who cover nonprofits. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has funded his proposals with grants totaling $838,000 since 2001.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality of 26 U.S. communities. Over the past 50 years, the foundation has invested nearly $250 million in journalism initiatives.

About TV Worldwide

As a pioneering global Internet broadcasting and streaming media company, TV Worldwide (www.tvworldwide.com ) developed the first Internet TV network of community-based Internet TV channels. Each channel serves targeted, special interest demographic audiences worldwide, ranging from the community of people with disabilities to the maritime industry. Fortune 500 companies, 12 federal government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and numerous International Associations, including the National Association of Broadcasters, use TV Worldwide's live and archived state-of-the art video streaming content applications and Internet TV channels. TVWorldwide.com has been named one of the streaming video industry's "Hottest Streaming Companies" by Streaming Magazine, www.streamingmagazine.com, and CEO Dave Gardy was honored by the magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy also currently serves as the President of the International Webcasting Association (IWA), www.webcasters.org.

About The Fourth Estate and Third Sector 2005 Workshop

Forty-six journalists and experts on the nonprofit sector will converge on Oxford, Miss., June 15-20 to make sense of America's tax-exempt community. The organizations, the people who run them and those who regulate them will be scratched and sniffed during a workshop on the University of Mississippi campus.

The purpose of the trek to Oxford is The Fourth Estate and The Third Sector workshop, the fourth since 2002. Burnis Morris, founding director of FETS, predicts the participants will broaden their understanding of an important community that journalists know so little about. "In the long run," Morris said, "a deeper understanding will improve news organizations' coverage of nonprofits."

Morris said "Experts will examine philanthropy in general, philanthropy among women and minorities, issues affecting regulation and questions about how charitable organizations operate in a political environment and in an age of transparency."

The sessions will be interactive -- allowing give-and-take between more than 25 speakers and 20 journalism fellows from various news organizations, Morris said. The fellows will be given group assignments and will be expected to come up with story ideas that go beyond surface coverage (photo-ops and charity balls). Coverage of nonprofits should be serious business ("although we'll take time to play a little, too"), Morris said.

2005 Presenters Include: Hodding Carter, III, president and CEO, Johns S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Emmett Carson, president and CEO, the Minneapolis Community Foundation; Janice Gow Pettey, recently retired president and CEO, the Sacramento Regional Foundation; Karin Kunstler Goldman, assistant attorney general and head of New York state's charities bureau; Errol Copilevitz, Copilevitz & Canter, Kansas City; Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, founding executive director, Mississippi Center for Nonprofits; Brant Houston, executive director, Investigative Reporters and Editors; Julie Floch, director, not-for-profit services, Eisner LLP, New York; Marcellus Alexander, president, National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation; Diana Estremera, vice president, May Development Services and Direct Media; Paul Clolery, vice president and editorial director, NPT Publishing Group; Aron Pilhofer, database editor, Center for Public Integrity; Ray Merenstein; vice president, Children's Hospital Foundation, Denver; Judge Gordon Martin, retired, Boston; Bob Mims, chief financial officer, Ducks Unlimited; Jeffrey L. Bradach, co-founder and managing partner, The Bridgespan Group, Inc.; William Foster, manager, The Bridgespan Group, Inc., Rebeccah Cantley-Falk, reporter, Asheville Citizen-Times; Curtis Wilkie, journalism professor, University of Mississippi.

2005 Journalism Fellows

Bill Birchard, freelance (New Hampshire)
Lawrence Budd, Dayton Daily News (Ohio)
Brye Butler, Abilene Reporter-News (Texas)
Timothy Darragh, The Morning Call (Pennsylvania)
Andrea Davis, Indianapolis Business Journal
Dave Eisenstadt, Easy Reader (California)
Ginnie Graham, Tulsa World
Michael Hinkelman, Philadelphia Daily News
John Kelly, Youth Today (District of Columbia)
Peter Key, Philadelphia Business Journal
Sheryl Kornman, Tucson Citizen
Bob Lewis, Associated Press (Richmond, Va.)
Doug Lyons, Sun-Sentinel (Florida)
Benita Newton, The Virginian-Pilot
Chuck Raasch, Gannett News Service (District of Columbia)
Russ Roberts, Tallahassee Democrat (Florida)
Bill Sizemore, The Virginian-Pilot
Pamela Stallsmith, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Margaret Steen, San Jose Mercury News
Jack Willoughby, Barrons

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