EEO Public File Report
WNEO Alliance/WEAO Akron
June 1, 2011-May 31, 2012
No full-time vacancies were created during the reporting period June 2, 2011 through May 31, 2012
The following Prong 3 initiatives were implemented during the previous year:
Participation in Job Fairs
The Eastern Ohio Job Fair was attended by Director of Education Jeff Good for Western Reserve Public Media (WNEO/WEAO), on Monday, May 7, 2012 at the East Liverpool Motor Lodge in East Liverpool, Ohio.
The Regional Career Expo was held Friday, May 18 at The University of Akron-Wayne campus. It was attended by Director of Education Jeff Good for Western Reserve Public Media (WNEO/WEAO).
Ongoing internship program
Ongoing internships provide students with the skills needed for broadcast employment. Internships were provided this year in production. Multiple Kent State University and Youngstown State University students assisted in the production of two weekly local news and business programs, NewsNite and NEOtropolis.
Participation in other activities to further goal of disseminating employment opportunity information
We post the following vacancy information on our webpage: “Western Reserve Public Media is dedicated to providing broad outreach regarding job vacancies at the station. We seek the help of local organizations in referring qualified applicants to our station. Organizations that wish to receive our vacancy information should contact the station by calling 330-821-6413 or 330-677-4549.
Training programs to enable station personnel to acquire skills that could qualify them for higher level positions
WNEO/WEAO encourages and finances training programs (college class work, seminars) designed to enable station personnel to acquire skills that will qualify them for higher positions. Among other staff members, Lisa Martinez attended a training seminar presented by the Knight Foundation and an Association of Fundraising Professionals’ seminar on online fundraising. Dan Hluch and Jessie Springer attended the Stark County B2B Expo. Springer also attended several social media seminars. Jeff Good participated in Leadership Mahoning Valley training.
Participation in scholarship programs designed to assist students interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting
As a member of the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, Western Reserve PBS qualifies for three scholarship opportunities through Ohio Broadcasters Foundation, each year. The OABKidsScholarship is for children of full-time employees of an OAB member station. The OhioBroadcastersScholarship is for students already enrolled at a four-year college or university in Ohio. Lastly, the OABExecutiveDevelopmentScholarship is for OAB station employees working full-time in a managerial role.
Participation in at least four programs sponsored by educational institutions relating to careers in broadcasting
WNEO/WEAO has participated in events that provide information about broadcasting careers to students at Youngstown State, Kent State University Stark Campus and The University of Akron. Staff members participating were Duilio Mariola and Jeff Good.
Sponsorship of at least two events in the community designed to inform and educate members of the public as to opportunities in broadcasting
Western Reserve Public Media offers a video production class called You Be the Producer, which covers video and television fundamentals and careers. We offered the class four times this year to over 40 teachers from our eight-county service area.
Duilio Mariola presented information about broadcasting as part of the course he teaches at The University of Akron. College students also serve as crew for tapings and live broadcast events of local WNEO/WEAO programming.