Learning Channels: WGBH Creates a Higher Ed Desk

By John O. Harney

WGBH Boston is creating a Higher Ed Desk to help enrich its award-winning radio, television and online stories with angles from Boston and New England’s famed postsecondary education.

America’s largest producer of PBS content for TV and the web, WGBH hired Vermont Public Radio’s Kirk Carapezza as managing editor and lead correspondent of the Higher Ed Desk.

The desk is supported through more than $1 million in grants over the next thee years from the Lumina Foundation and the Davis Educational Foundation.

On Tuesday, Kara Miller of WGBH’s “Innovation Hub” hosted a conversation at Suffolk University’s Modern Theater about the future of higher education.

The New England Journal of Higher Education, meanwhile, has tried to keep a close eye on how media and higher education relate in an age when both are undergoing revolutionary change.

Last fall, the Boston Globe and its affiliated website Boston.com launched 10 Your Campus sites featuring links to bloggers, campus newspapers, websites, Twitter feeds and Globe staff articles



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