Do local public TV/Radio stations need someone with working html/css/js/web accessibility skills?

Last week I posed a question: do local public TV/Radio stations need someone with working html/css/js/web accessibility skills? The question was deliberately ambiguous, because after all what are “working” skills? (I know someone who still uses tables for page layout.) I wanted to provoke a (respectful) conversation and I still want to do that. So it’s only fair to say what I think about this question.

I think it depends.

A radio station with a staff of four is not going to have a full-time webmaster (outdated as the term may be, you know what I mean).

A joint licensee in a top market probably needs to have a digital team with specialized skills including actual developers, if it wants to compete strongly in that market. I frequently look at the SCPR, OPB, and KQED sites and it’s clear each has a strong web team with high-level skills. (BTW Tim Olson, nice new responsive home page!)

Stations like mine are somewhere in between; we can’t afford multiple positions, but most of us have at least one full-time digital staff member with skills that are somewhat wide, but probably not extremely deep. Some of us are better with design, or coding, or managing a CMS, and it shows when you look our websites and apps. I tend to collaborate most effectively with this category, because we can easily learn from each other and improve on our weaknesses together. The iMA has been extremely helpful in this collaboration, and I would love to help build on it however possible.

But my concern about webskillz extends beyond online staff. I see a basic lack of digital literacy among our staff and management. They are smart people who are experts in their areas, but the times they are changing fast. I think you can’t make good operational decisions about the interweb, let alone strategic ones, without understanding how it works.

We should know about the anatomy of a website, especially the one used by our station.

We should know how a browser works, how a server works, how a database works, and how they work together to serve content.

We should know that a url returns resources, hopefully in a structured and usable form. We should be able to look at a url and know basically what it means.

We should know the difference between http and https (and ftp and sftp) and why it matters.

We should know something about how web pages and sites can get broken or slow to respond.

We should know that every web page has two faces, one for humans and one for machines that crawl the internet.

We should know about good metadata practices, and how this now plays into everything.

We should know what it takes to author online content, construct views, and build and support web applications. We don’t have to know how to do all these things, but we need to know the concepts and language.

We should know what an SLA is with a web service provider, and how to protect station interests. This usually requires understanding the nature of the service to be provided.

We should know how easy some of this stuff is, and which parts are hard.

We should have some appreciation for how fast things are changing, and the need to keep learning.

By “we” I mean someone at the local station and it doesn’t have to be the web person. If we were to work on expanding our basic online literacy at the local level, we’d be in better shape to talk about the right mix of shared services and local resources.

I will not be offended if you argue with any of this. I’m just interested in understanding where we are, and how we can best move forward.


Trolling Motor Auto Pilots Allow you to Recall Angling


Trolling Motor Auto Pilots

The Precise Boat:

Electric trolling engines work best on flats skiffs and bay boats with low profile bows. Since the most extreme shaft length is 70 inches, discovering a trolling engine sufficiently long to reach the water and stay there in uneven oceans will be intense with an offshore boat with a high prow. To control a boat bigger than 20 feet, you require a 36 volt system, which implies a devoted array of three 31 series deep-cycle batteries.

A major tide strike pushed in a powerful current through the cuts in the Florida Keys as Capt. Robert Trosset utilized a bow-mounted 36-volt Motor guide Xi5 trolling engine with Pinpoint GPS to convey his Yellow fin 24 Bay near one of his most loved bridges to angle for grouper. Actuating the anchor function on the vessel’s Lowrance HDS multifunction display, which was set in the Smart Steer mode, and connected with the trolling engine, it was making the watercraft hold firm.

Handy and Fruitful:

Virtual anchoring is only one of the reasonable abilities stood to saltwater fishermen utilizing GPS guided trolling motor autopilots, which can likewise automatically run a built up course, take your watercraft to a specific waypoint, drive a foreordained example and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Minn Kota and Motor guide offer independent frameworks using bow mounted trolling engines. Minn Kota’s i-Pilot and Motor guide’s Pinpoint GPS worked with wireless remotes. Both likewise, interface with multifunction shows for upgraded autopilot capacities.

The i-Pilot with a Humminbird unit by means of i-Pilot Link, Pinpoint GPS with a Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch or Gen3 model by means of the Pinpoint GPS Gateway module. The i-Pilot framework is accessible in a scope of Minn Kota trolling engines, however just the Riptide arrangement is intended for saltwater angling. Pinpoint is accessible in the Motor guide Xi5 trolling engine, with the SW series built for the saline solution.

Both systems free up the skipper to concentrate more on angling instead of moving, situating or tying down the watercraft.

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Trolling engine autopilots give you the capacity to work along a direct drop off, a seawall or mangrove lined shore. Connected with the fitting Humminbird multifunction display, the Minn Kota i-Pilot additionally takes after a contour line on the diagram plotter utilizing Humminbird’s electronic graphs.

The previous winter, during the Lowrance/Simrad tournament, a genius utilized the Pinpoint GPS and Lowrance Smart Steer autopilot function, to take after a progression of waypoints with the Motor guide Xi5. The outcome was constant activity with snapper and black grouper for 60 minutes. This kept him right in the strike zone without even having to drive the pontoon, which is of course a huge benefit to the pilot.

Be on Guard:

Being used, oppose the enticement to set and overlook; a blown circuit, electrical breakdown or depleted batteries can abandon you and your pontoon helpless before winds, waves and currents. Reasonable seamanship calls for watchfulness, even with automatic systems.