Public Notice

Board of Directors Meeting

A meeting of the Board of Directors of Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio (Western Reserve Public Media) is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. in the offices of Western Reserve Public Media. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, contact Western Reserve Public Media by mail at 1750 Campus Center Drive, Kent, Ohio, 44240-5191; by telephone at 1-800-554-4549 during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by e-mail at . The meeting is open to the public.

 

Western Reserve Public Media
2014 Diversity Statement

Western Reserve Public Media is guided by the belief that this public television station plays a critical role in providing free access to quality programming that advances knowledge, promotes justice and embraces diversity. It is the largest station in Ohio in terms of population served, reaching 5.13 million viewers in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Residents of the vast viewership area reside in communities ranging from economically challenged Appalachian communities in Western Pennsylvania to large urban settings, including Akron, Canton, Cleveland and Youngstown.

Programming
Western Reserve Public Media operates two noncommercial broadcast television stations – WNEO and WEAO – that together offer four public television channels.
Two of these channels in particular provide quality programming with an emphasis on ethnicity and culture:

  • MHz Worldview: This independent, noncommercial service presents fresh, relevant English-language international content including news, documentaries, cultural programming, films, music and sports. MHz Worldview presents programs from public broadcasters around the world to American audiences.
  • V-me (from the Spanish veme, meaning “see me”) is Northeast Ohio’s only free, over-the-air Spanish-speaking public television service. Offering smart, engaging and empowering entertainment for our region’s growing Latino population, the service presents original productions, exclusive acquisitions and specially adapted public TV hits.

Staffing
Western Reserve Public Media strives to assure that its staff and board of directors are reflective of the diverse population that it serves. It employs an ethnically and culturally diverse staff that creates an interesting, dynamic and colorful work environment. In addition, it provides a work environment that is free of bias, discrimination, harassment and intimidation.

The organization firmly believes and follows equal employment guidelines when evaluating candidates for jobs within the organization. Goals for increasing a diverse pool of applicants include participating in minority job fairs and including postings of staff openings in diverse media throughout the viewership region.

 

EEO Public File Report
WNEO Alliance/WEAO Akron
June 1, 2013-May 31, 2014
 

Full-time jobs filled by the station’s employment unit during the previous year, identified by job title

Membership Coordinator
Membership Manager
Membership Coordinator

 

The recruitment sources used to fill those vacancies, identified by name, address, contact person and phone number include:

For the Membership Coordinator Position

Akron Beacon Journal, Online Sales Center, 44 Exchange Street, Akron, OH (330) 996-3339
Number of interviewees: 1

The Vindicator, Trisha, PO Box 780, Youngstown, OH (330) 747-1471
Number of interviewees: 1

Canton Repository, Online Sales, 500 Market Avenue, Canton, OH (330) 5808400
Number of interviewees: 1

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Online Sales, 4300 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300, Arlington, VA (703) 684-0410
Number of interviewees: 1

Western Reserve Public Media Website, www.westernreservepublicmedia.org.
Number of interviewees: 0

Western Reserve Public Media Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/WesternReservePublicMedia
Number of interviewees: 0

 

For the Membership Coordinator Position

Per the information above, the position of membership coordinator was filled but the person released within the week. This position was then filled in an exigent situation with an area resident experienced in this field. Circumstances surrounding this exigent situation included the inability of other staffers to fill the vacancy as we currently function with a lean staff structure, special job tasks related to this position, and the need to bring in someone new immediately.

 

For the Membership Manager Position

Akron Beacon Journal, Online Sales Center, 44 Exchange Street, Akron, OH (330) 996-3339
Number of interviewees: 2

The Vindicator, Trisha, PO Box 780, Youngstown, OH (330) 747-1471
Number of interviewees: 0

Canton Repository, Online Sales, 500 Market Avenue, Canton, OH (330) 580-8400
Number of interviewees: 1

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Online Sales, 4300 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300, Arlington, VA (703) 684-0410
Number of interviewees: 0

Western Reserve Public Media Website, www.westernreservepublicmedia.org.
Number of interviewees: 0

Western Reserve Public Media Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/WesternReservePublicMedia
Number of interviewees: 0

Word of Mouth from Community Members
Number of interviewees: 2

 

For the Membership Manager Position

The position of Membership Manager was filled but the person hired was terminated within three days of her start date due to falsification of information on her resume, application and during her interview. The duties of Membership Manager was filled with internal staff until it was determined that most duties could be filled by another Membership Coordinator. Applicants from the first round of interviews were recalled and a candidate was hired for the adjusted position of Membership Coordinator.

 

Recruitment source for the person hired;

Membership Coordinator: This position was filled in an emergency situation with an area resident experienced in this field after the short departure of the hired applicant.

Membership Manager: Cleveland Plain Dealer, person was hired then terminated.

Membership Coordinator: Cleveland Plain Dealer from first round of Membership Coordinator interviews.

 

Total number of persons interviewed for full-time vacancies during the preceding year

7 interviewees for 3 full time vacancies during the preceding year

 

Interviewees referred by each recruitment source

Akron Beacon Journal, Online Sales Center, 44 Exchange Street, Akron, OH (330) 996-3339
Number of interviewees: 3

The Vindicator, Trisha, PO Box 780, Youngstown, OH (330) 747-1471
Number of interviewees: 1

Canton Repository, Online Sales, 500 Market Avenue, Canton, OH (330) 580-8400
Number of interviewees: 2

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Online Sales, 4300 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300, Arlington, VA (703) 684-0410
Number of interviewees: 1

 

The following Prong 3 initiatives were implemented during the previous year:

Participation in Job Fairs

The Regional Career Expo was held October 2013 at Youngstown State University. It was attended by Director of Education Jeff Good for Western Reserve Public Media (WNEO/WEAO).

The Regional Straight A Fund conference sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education was held in March o0f 2014. It was attended by Director of Education Jeff Good for Western Reserve Public Media (WNEO/WEAO).

 

Establishment of 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 multimedia programs and pledge programs. Currently, a production/master control internship opportunity is listed in Youngstown State University Telecommunications Studies internship brochure.

 

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 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 would qualify them for higher positions. Among others, engineering staff members attended a 2 ½ conference on the spectrum auction, membership received database management training, and engineering attended traffic software 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 OAB Kids Scholarship is for children of full-time employees of an OAB member station. The Ohio Broadcasters Scholarship is for students already enrolled at a four-year college or university in Ohio. Lastly, the OAB Executive Development Scholarship 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 providing information about broadcasting careers to students at Youngstown State, Kent State Stark Campus, and 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 covering video and television fundamentals and careers.

Duilio Mariola presented information about broadcasting as part of the course he teaches at the University of Akron. College students also crew tapings/live-air of local WNEO/WEAO programming.

 
 
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