Today in Public Media

on Friday, Jul. 15th

Layoffs in Minnesota and Chicago; LA Sheriff reaches out to Muslims; Death in Arizona.

From MPR in St. Paul: Shutdown Forces Mental Health Crisis Programs To Cut Services

Mental health providers say they’re still trying to correct an “oversight” that has left them without funding for crisis services for people with severe mental illness.

Prior to the shutdown, a judge ruled that basic care and medical services would continue to receive funding. But 135 state mental health workers were among those laid off when the government shut down July 1.

From WBEZ in Chicago:Emmanuel To Lay Off 625 City Workers

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday he’s laying off up to 625 city workers, after labor leaders blew a Friday deadline to come up with a list of cost-saving measures in order to avoid pink slips.

From WNPR in Hartford: Training Program Helps Low-Income Parents Help Kids

The two week federally funded program teaches low income parents how to better support their child’s academics.  Parents also learn how to navigate school bureaucracies, so youngsters get the help they’re entitled to.

From Fronteras: LA Sheriff Reaches Out To Muslims As Feds Increase Surveillance

“Someone has to stick their neck out to defend Muslims,” said (Lee) Baca. “We wanted to get ahead of the predictable problems that all counties face in America and that is, work closely with the immigrant public, which is a very big part of L.A.”

From the Sundance Institute: Kickstart Death In Arizona

When I finally realized that I had lost her, I escaped to the desert of rural Arizona, where I would attempt in solitude to liberate myself from her. For the next months I battled my inner demons and the daily devastations of waking up without her. It was then that I picked up a camera and started shooting this process.

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Simple Machine Announces Micro-Festival Grants

We’ve been keeping up with Simple Machine, the independent film curation tool for festival and art house programmers, since running across their booth at South By Southwest last year.

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Transmedia Beat: Bernie Su’s “Emma Approved” Monetization Secrets

Disclosure: I’m one of the organizers of Transmedia LA, so take any excessive positivity with a grain of salt.

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First Ever Crappy Awards Target SF’s Tech Industry

Inspired by the sly tradition of the Razzie Awards, which commemorate the worst of Hollywood, San Francisco fair housing advocates are kicking off “The Crappy Awards” tonight in the city’s art’s district.

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Image Disruptor: Flag Looks To Upend Photo Printing Through The Magic of Free

Flag, a photo printing start-up that is holding a barnstorming 14-day Kickstarter campaign right now, turned up on my radar this week thanks to John Gruber’s Daring Fireball.

Image: Shepard Fairey for "A Total Disruption"

Taking “A Total Disruption” Open Source

Sundance winning documentarian Ondi Timoner isn’t in the habit of doing things in half-measures.

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