Retail News: Nordstrom Is Nation’s Favorite Fashion Retailer, New Market Force Study Finds

Annual Retail Study Also Uncovers Top Shoe Brands, And Trends In Consumer Confidence, Wearables And E-Commerce

Nordstrom’s fan base is as fervent as ever. For the fifth time in a row, Nordstrom ranked as the nation’s favorite fashion retailer in an annual retail industry study conducted by Market Force Information (Market Force). Market Force polled over 10,000 consumers for the study, which ranks top fashion retailers, reveals retail technology trends and looks at spending plans and habits.

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The survey was conducted online in December 2016 across the United States. There was an overall pool of 10,714 respondents covering all four U.S. Census regions. Within the survey pool, 7,241 reported shopping for fashion at a favorite retailer within the past 90 days, and 5,494 reported shopping for shoes within the past six months. There was a broad spectrum of income levels, with 54% indicating incomes of over $50,000 a year. Respondents’ ages ranged from 18 to over 65. Approximately 75% were women and 25% were men. For the rankings, Market Force asked participants to rate their customer satisfaction with their most recent fashion retailer experience, and their likelihood to refer the brand to others. The results were averaged to attain a Composite Loyalty Score. Only retailers with at least 100 locations were included.

Dillard’s and T.J. Maxx Climb Higher in Rankings

Nordstrom, which has built a reputation for incomparable customer service, ranked first among the retailers studied with a score of 64%, up 6% from 2016. Dillard’s made even larger strides from last year, gaining 16% percentage points to rank second with 54%, and was closely trailed by off-price retailer T.J. Maxx, which earned a 53% score. Ann Taylor and Nordstrom Rack landed in the top of the rankings, after not making the cut last year, tying with Kohl’s for fourth place. [See Graph 1].

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Graph 1 – 2017 Fashion Retailer Rankings

Nordstrom Top for Value, Dillard’s for Creating Full Looks

In the attributes that set one retailer apart from the others, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor and Dillard’s all performed exceedingly well. Overall-winner Nordstrom ranked first for value, atmosphere, and ease of finding items, while Dillard’s took the No. 1 spots for creating a look and finding correct sizes. Ann Taylor landed in the top three in all of these categories. T.J. Maxx and Ross were called out for merchandise selection, and American Eagle has the fastest checkout speeds. [See Graphs 2 and 3].

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Graph 2 – Rankings by Attributes

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Graph 3 – Rankings by Attributes

Sizing up Sales Support

Despite the fact that sales assistance is shown to boost satisfaction and sales, less than half (42%) of consumers report being helped by an associate during their last shopping trip. Lane Bryant’s and Nordstrom’s associates assisted customers most often, while Target and T.J. Maxx shoppers received the least help. [See Graph 4].graph-4-sales-associate-effectiveness-by-retailer

Sales associates are the front-line representatives for retailers, and how they engage with customers can make or break the shopping experience and impact sales,” said Cheryl Flink, chief strategy officer for Market Force Information. “The research shows that 90% of customers who were assisted by a sales associate bought something. When customers were not assisted, only 82% made a purchase. That 8% difference in conversion rate is a key reason why fashion retailers need to invest in their sales staff.” Continue reading

Visionworks Unveils Fall 2016’s Top Trends In Fashionable Frames

From Vibrant and Dramatic to Translucent and Subtle – Shop the Season’s Hottest Trends in Eyewear

This fall, Visionworks and www.Visionworks.com tempts trendsetters with bold, dramatic details and vibrant colors for this season’s favorite face-framing fashion accessory – eyeglasses. Visionworks is a leading provider of eye care services with more than 700 optical retail stores in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Whether in-store or online, Visionworks is committed to providing our customers with an excellent shopping experience and high quality products and services with the best value and selection in the industry. They offer famous fashion brands and their own exclusive brand frames, lenses, sunglasses and accessories along with leading technology in vision correction both in store and online.

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Shop fall fashion trends at http://www.visionworks.com. (PRNewsFoto/Visionworks)

Visionworks offers its vast selection of on-trend eyewear and expertise in eye care to its customers in over 700 stores and online. The company carries quality national and exclusive brands at a value customers appreciate. Exclusive brands include Chelsea Morgan, Salsa, Robert Mitchel, Alberto Romani, Indi and Raycers. National brands such as Ray-Ban, Guess, Guess by Marciano, Nike, Armani Exchange, Bebe, BCBGMaxazria, Vera Bradley, Anne Klein, Calvin Klein, Candies, Converse, Diane von Furstenberg, Diesel, Gant, Harley Davidson, Kate Spade, Nine West, O’Neill, Zac Posen and Perry Ellis.***

Their comprehensive service offerings include contact lens dispensing, in-store labs which provide one-hour service on many prescriptions at many locations and doctors of optometry at or next to every store. Visionworks also sells contact lenses online at www.visionworkscontacts.com.

Important looks range from bold to subtle and run the gamut from bold color to transparency. With this year’s e-commerce launch, customers have even more options to explore their personal style and have the season’s hottest frames delivered right to their door.

This season is one of rich hues, luxurious textures and dramatic details, taking fashion to a new level of sophistication,” said Sue Hopeman, Chief Merchandising Officer for Visionworks. “For men, rich shades of blue with matte and textured finishes give a subdued, modern touch, while women play with daring, masculine details for a new bold look.

Visionworks has the largest selection of frames in the industry and we’re continuously adding to our assortment. This fall, we’re thrilled to offer Ray-Ban in store and online, said Jim Eisen, president and CEO of HVHC Inc., and president of Visionworks. “We happy to have a fresh perspective at Visionworks and look forward to continuing to service our customers in new and exciting ways,” added Eisen.

For customers who prefer to see what frames work for their face shape before making a purchase, Visionworks.com offers a Try-On view, as well as filters like color, face or frame shape, to help narrow customers’ selection. Customers can also visit the Visionworks Instagram account for more shopping inspiration.

Hopeman advocates embracing one or more of the key trends in eyewear for Fall 2016:

For the Guys:

Shades of BlueGuys take a few tips from the ladies and step out of their comfort zone when it comes to color. This season we see shades of blue on these dapper dandies. Matte and textured finishes give a modern touch, while a translucent blue frame has a more subdued feel. These cool toned frames are a must in every gentleman’s eye wardrobe.

For the Ladies:

Masculine Influence Move over cat-eye, there is a new bold look in town. Masculine details on women’s frames add a daring look this season. Thick bold frames are key in this juxtaposition of hard and soft details. Need a little more subtlety; opt for a thin oversized plastic frame to keep in trend.

For All:

Keyhole bridgeWith the modern vintage trend still in full force, bridge details are getting a throw-back detail. Keyholes can be seen in both men and women frames this season. Paired with a round or square silhouette, this trend is sure to become a staple in your eyewear wardrobe.

TranslucentTransparency becomes a hot trend for this season. Metal details and patterned temples give a fun touch, while lightly tinted colored frames are the true star of this must have trend.

For Suns:

Vivid Suns– It is no surprise to see one of summer 2016 trends, Vibrant Hues, crossover into the fall. Colorful suns can be seen throughout fall for a much needed pop of color. In a time of neutral color palettes in outerwear, opt for a playful sun in a vibrant tone to stand out in a crowd of neutrals.

At more than 700 Visionworks locations nationwide and, now, at Visionworks online, you’ll find a Better You. To shop this fall’s fashion trends from the nation’s most popular brands, visit http://www.visionworks.com to try on your favorite frames and get them delivered straight to your door.

(Visionworks is a wholly owned subsidiary of HVHC, Inc. For more information about Visionworks, visit www.visionworks.com.)

***All trademarks and brand names are the property of their respective owners.

Meet the 2015 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellows

(All Portrait Images courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced the Class of 2015 MacArthur Fellows and it’s a list rich with diversity and achievement. The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.logo@2x

The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. In keeping with this purpose, the Foundation awards fellowships directly to individuals rather than through institutions. Recipients may be writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or those in other fields, with or without institutional affiliations. They may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers.

Although nominees are reviewed for their achievements, the fellowship is not a reward for past accomplishment, but rather an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential. Indeed, the purpose of the MacArthur Fellows Program is to enable recipients to exercise their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society.

The Foundation does not require or expect specific products or reports from MacArthur Fellows, and does not evaluate recipients’ creativity during the term of the fellowship. The MacArthur Fellowship is a “no strings attached” award in support of people, not projects. Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $625,000 to the recipient, paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.

How Fellows are Chosen

Each year, the MacArthur Fellows Program invites new nominators on the basis of their expertise, accomplishments, and breadth of experience. They are encouraged to nominate the most creative people they know within their field and beyond. Nominators are chosen from as broad a range of fields and areas of interest as possible. At any given time, there are usually more than one hundred active nominators.

Nominations are evaluated by an independent Selection Committee composed of about a dozen leaders in the arts, sciences, humanities professions, and for-profit and nonprofit communities. Each nomination is considered with respect to the program’s selection criteria, based on the nomination letter along with original works of the nominee and evaluations from other experts collected by the program staff.

After a thorough, multi-step review, the Selection Committee makes its recommendations to the President and board of directors of the MacArthur Foundation. Announcement of the annual list is usually made in September. While there are no quotas or limits, typically 20 to 30 Fellows are selected each year. Between June of 1981 and September of 2013, 897 Fellows have been named.

Nominators, evaluators, and selectors all serve anonymously and their correspondence is kept confidential. This policy enables participants to provide their honest impressions independent of outside influence. The Fellows Program does not accept applications or unsolicited nominations.

Eligibility

There are no restrictions on becoming a Fellow, except that nominees must be either residents or citizens of the United States.

These 24 delightfully diverse MacArthur Fellows are shedding light and making progress on critical issues, pushing the boundaries of their fields, and improving our world in imaginative, unexpected ways,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. “Their work, their commitment, and their creativity inspire us all.”

And the 2015 MacArthur Fellows are:

CEO of the Ashesi University College Patrick Awuah. On the day of September 17th 2015 at Brekuso in the Eastern Region of Ghana. (Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. )

CEO of the Ashesi University College Patrick Awuah. On the day of September 17th 2015 at Brekuso in the Eastern Region of Ghana. (Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. )

Patrick Awuah, Education Entrepreneur, Founder and President

Ashesi University College, Accra, Ghana

Age: 50

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Patrick Awuah is an educator and entrepreneur building a new model for higher education in Ghana. Ashesi University, which Awuah founded in 2002, is a four-year private institution that offers a core curriculum grounded in liberal arts, ethical principles, and skills for contemporary African needs and opportunities. Awuah, a native of Ghana, was educated at American universities and began a successful career as a Microsoft engineer, but a vision for better higher education in Ghana drew him home. He saw a stark contrast between his college experience, which stressed critical thinking and problem solving, and the rote learning common in Ghana’s educational system. He was also convinced that a focus on ethical leadership in the next generation of Ghana’s leaders was the best means for combating pervasive corruption.

Students at Ashesi choose among degree programs in business management, computer science, management information systems, and engineering. All students participate in a four-year leadership seminar on ethics, collaboration, and entrepreneurship that concludes with a service-learning component. Fostering ethical leadership is central to the university’s ethos, and in 2008, students established an honor code holding themselves responsible for ethical behavior, the first of its kind in African universities. In addition, Awuah places an emphasis on ethnic, economic, and gender diversity in the Ashesi community, and the recently opened school of engineering will focus on gender parity in its admissions.

In a little over a decade, Ashesi is already firmly established as one of Ghana’s premier universities. Every one of its graduates has found quality employment, and almost all remain in Africa, where many have started much-needed information technology businesses. Awuah’s innovation in higher education is not only empowering individual students; it also has the potential to transform political and civil society in Ghana and other African nations by developing a new generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.

Patrick Awuah received B.S. and B.A. degrees (1989) from Swarthmore College and an M.B.A. (1999) from the University of California at Berkeley. He was an engineer and program manager at Microsoft (1989­–1997) prior to founding Ashesi University in 2002 in Accra, Ghana. In addition to serving as president of Ashesi, he is also a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations.

Kartik Chandran Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, New York,NY. Photographed at Columbia University and by the Hudson river. on September 19, 2015 in New York, NY.

Kartik Chandran Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, New York,NY. Photographed at Columbia University and by the Hudson river. on September 19, 2015 in New York, NY.

Kartik Chandran, Environmental Engineer

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering

Columbia University, New York, New York

Age: 41

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Kartik Chandran is an environmental engineer integrating microbial ecology, molecular biology, and engineering to transform wastewater from a troublesome pollutant to a valuable resource. Traditional facilities for biologically treating wastewater remove pathogens, organic carbon, and nutrients (where necessary) through decades-old technology that requires vast amounts of energy and resources, releases harmful gases into the atmosphere, and leaves behind material that must be discarded. Chandran approaches wastewater treatment with the goal of producing useful resources such as fertilizers, chemicals, and energy sources, in addition to clean water, in a way that takes into account the climate, energy, and nutrient challenges we face today. Continue reading

Lands’ End Launches New Fall Campaign To Capture Brand Spirit

Campaign Elements Include Beautiful Imagery, New Catalogs, Website Updates and Depth of Advertising Placements

Lands’ End Is Undertaking An Exciting Elevation Of Its Brand Positioning To Move Forward And Continue Being A Best-In-Class Retailer.

For more than 50 years, Lands’ End has been dedicated to providing its customers legendary quality, value and beyond-the-call-of-duty customer service and it has done so admirably. But no company can rest on their laurels, however well-deserved, and attempt to survive in what has become an ever-increasingly difficult (but seemingly “normal”) retail environment. As such, Lands’ End has announced a new fall catalog strategy, complementary digital initiatives and an overall brand advertising campaign aimed at the company’s loyal customers, as well as initiatives inviting new, prospective customers to extend the Lands’ End family. The best weapon in its arsenal is that the classics never, ever goes out of style, and Land’s End has an enviable collection of classic styles that continues to resonate with consumers across the spectrum. 

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A Closer Look at the Land

The company will kick off the new strategy with the introduction of different initiatives including new lifestyle campaigns Quality.Time and A Closer Look at the Land. Both are visually impactful and feature a strong sense of Lands’ End’s heritage and DNA. Each will be featured online and in catalog format. Overall, the new creative direction presents a stronger point of view that reflects the company’s values with a proud nod to a deep-rooted American heritage, all while pointing ahead to the future.

Land's End (new) Quality. Time Campaign

Land’s End (new) Quality. Time. Campaign

Land's End (new) Quality. Time Campaign

Land’s End (new) Quality. Time. Campaign

  • The Quality.Time campaign is focused on the loyal, long-term customer and celebrates multi-generational families with a strong sense of community and heartfelt connections. Leveraging the current strength of the Lands’ End brand, it showcases great classics, apparel and accessories for the entire family.

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    A Closer Look at the Land, Land’s end new Fall Campaign

  • A Closer Look at the Land provides a new view of Lands’ End with a journey to explore the true identity of the company’s core values through nature’s beauty. The campaign features additional styles to appeal to a wider audience shown through beautiful, rich imagery that embraces nature’s finest moments.

In addition to a new look and feel for campaign imagery, the company is rolling out new initiatives to best tell the brand story:

  • The brand campaign will appear in major publishers including Condé Nast, Hearst, Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Time Inc.

  • In addition, these efforts are complemented with online digital advertising and featured on news and lifestyle properties.

    The new Landsend.com opening page

    The new Landsend.com opening page

  • Landsend.com will experience a refresh to better serve all customers with a streamlined check-out process, along with other site improvements. A newly designed index will be launched later this month.

    The cover of the "A Closer Look at the Land" Land's End  Catalog

    The cover of the “A Closer Look at the Land” Land’s End Catalog

    The cover of the new "Quality. Time." Land's End Catalog

    The cover of the new “Quality. Time.” Land’s End Catalog

  • For the fall apparel launch, customers will start to receive Lands’ End catalogs with a new format that offers easier shopping, more product offerings and photographs that tell stories reflecting the new campaigns.

This is an exciting time at Lands’ End as we elevate our brand story,” said Federica Marchionni, CEO of Lands’ End. “When I joined Lands’ End I knew I had discovered ‘the best kept secret’ and I want to continue to build upon the brand’s strong heritage and innovative spirit. Lands’ End is a brand that inspires and relates to today’s customers every day, everywhere.”

 

73rd Annual Peabody Awards Winners Announced

A record 46 recipients of the University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today on CBS This Morning and www.peabodyawards.com. The winners, chosen by the Peabody board from almost 1,100 entries, comprise the best in electronic media for the year 2013. The Peabody statuettes will be formally presented on May 19 at a luncheon ceremony at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York CityIra Glass, host and producer of This American Life, which now boasts five Peabodys, will be the emcee. (See complete list of 2013 recipients below.)

The Peabody Awards, the oldest in electronic media, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes. The Peabodys

A record 46 recipients of the University of Georgia's 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today on CBS This Morning and www.peabodyawards.com.

A record 46 recipients of the University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today on CBS This Morning and http://www.peabodyawards.com.

recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the Board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students, and staff.

Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers undergraduate majors in advertising, digital and broadcast journalism, magazines, newspapers, public relations, publication management and mass media arts. The college offers two graduate degrees, and is home to the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media.

 

The latest Peabody recipients include a pair of high-profile political melodramas, Netflix’s corrosive House of Cards and ABC’s juicy ScandalA Chef’s Life, a stereotype-cracking nonfiction serial about a farm-to-fork gourmet restaurant in North Carolina’s low country; Burka Avenger, an animated Pakistani series aimed at empowering girls; A Needed Response, a YouTube viral video created by two University of Oregon students that succinctly criticizes rape culture and champions r-e-s-p-e-c-t for women; and two distinctive probes of the dangers of brain injury in professional football, FRONTLINE‘s League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis and ESPN’s Outside the Lines: NFL at a Crossroads: Investigating a Health Crisis.

The quality of storytelling in electronic media continues to increase year-after-year, across platforms, producing organizations and nations,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones, director of the Peabody Awards. “The unprecedented number of awards we gave this year reflects this fact. There simply are a larger number of stories that deserve our attention as citizens and consumers. And what a wonderfully rich and satisfying set of stories we’ve called attention to this year!

International Peabody winners include the Philippines’ GMA Network for coverage of the assault and aftermath of Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan); The Returned, an eerie, elegant supernatural drama from France; the realistic, compelling Danish political serial Borgen; and BBC World News’ in-depth reporting from Inside Syria’sWar.

Local Peabody recipients included  CBS-owned WBZ-TV and WBZ Newsradio for their peerless extended coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing dragnet; KING-TV in Seattle for its revelations about nuclear-waste leaks and mismanagement at a Hanford, Washington, storage facility; Nashville station WTVF-TV‘s reports about Tennessee officials’ involvement in shady business deals; and an exhaustive investigation of Louisiana political contributions – who gives, how much, and what does it buy – that combined the resources of New Orleans station WVUE-TVThe Times-Picayune and http://www.NOLA.com.

Other entertainment series honored included AMC’s Breaking Bad, which earned a second Peabody for its riveting final season; Netflix’s complex, character-driven prison drama Orange Is the New Black; Comedy Central’s racially shrewd sketch showcase Key & Peele; F/X’s The Bridge, an intense, cross-cultural crime drama set on and around the border between Texas and Mexico; and two distinctly different BBC America offerings: the naturalistic mystery Broadchurch and the wildly fanciful Orphan Black, a bioethical thriller about clones.

Web-based winners included Hollow (www.hollowdocumentary.com), an imaginative,  interactive site devoted to a struggling county in rural West Virginia, and A Short History of the Highrise (www.nytimes.com), a clever, highly visual tour of “vertical living.”

Issues of race and ethnicity were explored in several impressive recipients: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Latino Americans, both shown on PBS, traced the history and the ongoing influence of peoples whose presence here predates the forming of the United StatesKen Burns’ The Central Park Fivealso on PBS, revisited a infamous New York rape case that wrongly sent five black and Latino teenagers to prison. National Public Radio reporter Michelle Norris’ The Race Card Project used six-word summations of listeners’ thoughts about race as the basis of remarkably telling feature reports.

A trio of documentaries addressed difficulties facing students and educators in poor, high-crime communities.This American Life‘s two-part Harper High School on radio and PBS’s 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School provide richly nuanced stories of students coping with challenges from child-rearing to gun violence. Best Kept Secret, also shown on PBS, took viewers inside a poor Newark school with an unexpectedly exemplary program for autistic and other special-needs students.

Culture and the arts were represented by such Peabody winners as TCM: The Story of Film, which combined a 15-part retrospective with telecasts of more than 100 classic movies, and Great Performances: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, a tuneful celebration of the influence of composers such as Irving BerlinOscar Hammerstein III and Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim had a documentary all to himself as well: HBO’s Six by Sondheim, which combined his ruminations on composing with archival and fresh performances of some of his greatest songs. CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was recognized for its unique recipe for blending culinary and cultural reporting.

The rich array of documentary winners included HBO’s tender Life According to Sam, the story of a teenager dealing with an accelerated aging disease, and the cable network’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, an frank report about a Catholic priest who abused more than 200 students at a Milwaukee school for the deaf.

Other documentary winners included The Law in These Parts, a POV film exploring the alternative legal systemIsrael developed for governing its occupied Palestinian territories, and three Independent Lens productions:How to Survive a Plague chronicled the crucial role AIDS activists and organizations like ACT UP played in saving lives and hobbling the epidemic. The House I Live In took stock of what we have to show for our 40-year “war” on drugs, and  The Invisible War assessed the shameful problem of rape in the U.S. military and why it persists.

A pair of documentaries from Al Jazeera America‘s Fault Lines series demonstrated its broad reach and aggressive journalism. Haiti in a Time of Cholera examined the epidemic that has erupted since the 2010 earthquake and underscored the likelihood that U.N. peacekeepers are the source. Made in Bangladesh found evidence of prominent American retailers turning a blind eye to the dangerous practices of foreign subcontractors, practices that led to horrible tragedies like the clothing-factory fire in Bangladesh that killed more than 100 people.

Awards in news included a personal citation to Tom Brokaw, author and former anchor of NBC Nightly News,and another to the current NBC team for In Plain Sight: Poverty in America, an ambitious multi-platform assessment of poverty’s many faces and forms today. A Peabody went to One-on-One with Assad, a CBS This Morning segment in which co-host Charlie Rose civilly but persistently pressed Syria’s president for explanations of his war against his own countrymen. And the public radio series Reveal was honored for The VA’s Opiate Overload, a shocking report about overdose deaths at Veterans Administration hospitals.   Continue reading

POV and The New York Times Join Forces to Present Documentaries Online

Previous collaborations by the two organizations include The Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg and The Times, a special New York Times Community Affairs/POV forum held in 2011. A panel moderated by New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson was the first public forum with Dr. Ellsberg and The Times since the Pentagon Papers were published in 1971. The event became part of POV’s broadcast of the Oscar®-nominated film The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers and it was streamed online. Other major Times screenings have featured the POV documentaries ReporteroThe Light in Her Eyes and If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

PBS’s award-winning independent documentary series POV (Point of View) and The New York Times today announced a

POV.  (PRNewsFoto/POV/American Documentary, Inc.)

POV. (PRNewsFoto/POV/American Documentary, Inc.)

collaboration to present new documentaries on the organizations’ websites, www.pbs.org/pov and www.nytimes.com. Starting last Saturday, March 8 with the half-hour film “The Men of Atalissa” by Dan Barry and Kassie Bracken, POV and The New York Times will premiere a series of digital documentaries, with accompanying articles and interviews, throughout 2014.

“The Men of Atalissa,” produced by The New York Times, will kick off simultaneously on the websites of POV and The Times on March 8. Concurrently, an article by The New York Times’s Dan Barry will be published onThe Times website, and POV will feature a behind-the-scenes online interview with the journalists. Mr. Barry’s article will appear in the Sunday print edition of The New York Times the following day.

Produced by Kassie Bracken, John Woo and Dan Barry, “The Men of Atalissa” is the evocative, haunting story of a few dozen men with intellectual disability who lived in an old schoolhouse on top of a hill. For more than three decades, they were an integral part of an Iowa farming community, worshipping at the local churches, dancing at the local bars, working at a nearby turkey-processing plant; they were affectionately known as “the boys.” But none of their neighbors knew of the day-to-day abuse the men endured in that schoolhouse on the hill.

Documentaries and journalism are natural allies, and our collaboration with The New York Times represents the best of both worlds,” said Cynthia Lopez, Co-Executive Producer of POV. “Americans are hungry for in-depth information. With this initiative, nonfiction filmmakers will join forces with the newsroom’s top journalists to inform and engage the public about critical social issues.”

We are excited to be working with POV, television’s definitive showcase for independent documentary films,” said Ann Derry, The Times Editorial Director, Video Partnerships. “‘The Men of Atalissa’ continues The New York Times’s rich tradition of documentary filmmaking. It’s an extraordinary project and we look forward to an ongoing collaboration with POV.

For information about future POV films, visit www.pbs.org/pov/

Forbes is the First Magazine to Launch Its Own Social Network with “Stream,” a Revolutionary and Exclusive New Product from MAZ

In Partnership with MAZ, Forbes Brings “Stream” to Its iOS App To Allow Readers to Save, Share and Discover Visual Content from Forbes Magazine and Forbes.com

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Forbes Magazine is redefining the digital magazine experience with the launch today of “Stream” within its iOS app. “Stream” allows Forbes readers to save and share visual content with other readers and discover content from Forbes magazine and Forbes.com within the app. The innovative and exclusive technology, which was developed by MAZ, a NY-based technology startup, enables readers to participate in a Forbes-only “mini social network” comprised of only Forbes readers contributing only Forbes content. “Stream” is part of the new Forbes magazine app for iOS, which also features redesigned issues, starting with Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 issue, that are optimized specifically for tablet and mobile devices.

As part of our efforts to continue to innovate in digital publishing, we are focused on meeting the needs of our readers and providing them with the content they want, when they need it, in the manner that they want it in

Forbes readers now have the unique ability to reach out with their fingers and cut out anything they see on the screen. They can then share and save content to the public-facing Forbes “Stream” or to their own personal stream. “Stream” also allows readers to share to other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Evernote as well as via email and iMessages. Recipients see the visual “clip” from Forbes, which serves as a link back to the source of that content.

“Stream” is just as much about discovering as it is about sharing. When a reader streams Forbes content, it is automatically added Forbes_Logo_registeredto the Forbes “Stream.” Other readers can then see that clip while browsing the Forbes “Stream,” where they can share it themselves or visit the source content. The visual clip serves as a link back to the original “Stream.” Using “Stream,” Forbes readers can discover what others are streaming, creating a community of like-minded readers who are constantly contributing new content to “Stream.”

Forbes Media LLC, publisher of Forbes magazine and forbes.com, is an authoritative source of news and information on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles. Through November 2013, Forbes.com, a leading business website, reached 27 million unique visitors, according to comScore worldwideForbes magazine, Forbes Asia and Forbes Europe attract a global audience of more than 5 million readers. The Forbes magazine iPad app merges the power of print storytelling with social sharing and the Web. The Company also publishes ForbesLife magazine, and has 31 licensed local editions around the world.

As part of our efforts to continue to innovate in digital publishing, we are focused on meeting the needs of our readers and providing them with the content they want, when they need it, in the manner that they want it in,” said Lewis D’Vorkin, Chief Product Officer of Forbes Media. “Consumers today are increasingly more interested in visual content as we see from the dramatic growth in visual social sharing platforms. The new Forbes app will allow our readers to share, save and discover content in a manner that they prefer.”

Across the online world, we’re in the midst of a massive shift from text-based media to visual-based media,” said Paul Canetti, Founder & CEO of MAZ. “Stream applies that same line of thinking to sharing content. No more copying and pasting text URLs… instead, just reach out and touch!”

MAZ (mazdigital.com) is a mobile publishing platform that allows publishers to create and distribute rich digital content for tablets and smartphones. Founded by former Apple and Adobe employees, MAZ gives media providers easy-to-use tools to make their content come to life by adding interactive features, such as video, audio, HTML5 and ecommerce, as well as powerful analytics. Apps created with MAZ also include Stream, a revolutionary new product that turns any app into a localized social network. Users can “cut out” anything that they see on the screen to save or share into Stream, as well as discover what others are streaming.