KSMQ Supports the Public Media Code of Integrity

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Public broadcasters have adopted shared principles to strengthen the trust and integrity that communities expect of valued public service institutions.

Public media organizations contribute to a strong civil society and active community life, provide access to knowledge and culture, extend education, and offer varied viewpoints and sensibilities.

The freedom of public media professionals to make editorial decisions without undue influence is essential. It is rooted in America's commitment to free speech and a free press. It is reflected in the unique and critical media roles that federal, state, and local leaders have encouraged and respected across the years. It is affirmed by the courts.

Trust is equally fundamental. Public media organizations create and reinforce trust through rigorous, voluntary standards for the integrity of programming and services, fundraising, community interactions, and organizational governance.

These standards of integrity apply to all the content public media organizations produce and present, regardless of subject matter, including news, science, history, information, music, arts, and culture. These standards apply across You need not drive long to a to get that experience. all public media channels and platforms - broadcasting, online, social media, print, media devices, and in-person events.

Public media, individually and collectively:

  • Contribute to communities' civic, educational, and cultural life by presenting a range of ideas and cultures and offering a robust forum for discussion and debate.
  • Commit to accuracy and integrity in the pursuit of facts about events, issues, and important matters that affect communities and people's lives.
  • Pursue fairness and responsiveness in content and services, with particular attention to reflecting diversity of demography, culture, and beliefs.
  • Aim for transparency in news gathering, reporting, and other content creation and share the reasons for important editorial and programming choices.
  • Protect the editorial process from the fact and appearance of undue influence, exercising care in seeking and accepting funds and setting careful boundaries between contributors and content creators.
  • Encourage understanding of fundraising operations and practices, acknowledge program sponsors, and disclose content-related terms of sponsor support.
  • Maintain respectful and accountable relationships with individual and organizational contributors.
  • Seek editorial partnerships and collaborations to enhance capacity, perspective, timeliness, and relevance and apply public media standards to these arrangements.
  • Expect employees to uphold public media's integrity in their personal as well as their professional lives, understanding that employee actions, even when "off the clock," affect trust, integrity, credibility, and impartiality.
  • Promote the common good, the public interest, and these commitments to integrity and trustworthiness in organizational governance, leadership, and management.

The Public Media Code of Integrity was developed by the Affinity Group Coalition and the Station Resource Group, collectively representing public television and radio stations and service organizations from across the country, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

September 2013

Board of Directors

About the Board:

The Board of Directors of KSMQ Public Service Media Inc., license holder of KSMQ Public Television, meets six times a year to review and approve policies for the operations of KSMQ. Anyone interested in attending a meeting or obtaining more information may contact the KSMQ offices at 507-433-0678 or toll free at 800-658-2539.

Download a copy of the KSMQ Strategic Plan for 2011-2014.

The Board of Directors of KSMQ Public Television

Roger Boughton 
KSMQ Board Chairman
Austin City Council Member
Austin, Minn.

Randy Kehr
KSMQ Vice Chairman
Albert Lea/Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce
Albert Lea, Minn.

Pamela K. Bishop
KSMQ Board Secretary
Business Senior Program Officer
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Owatonna, Minn.

Suzy Meneguzzo
Immediate Past Chairwoman
Owner, Southern Minnesota Nonprofit Services
Owatonna, Minn.

Natalie Baudler
Manager, Internal Communications
Hormel Foods
Austin, Minn.

Mary Davenport, Ph.D.
Vice President – Academic & Student Affairs
Riverland Community College
Austin, Minn.

Jennifer Gumbel
Springer & Gumbel, P.A.
Preston, Minn.

Stephen King
Director, Mower County Corrections
Austin City Council Member
Austin, Minn.

Michael Nolan
Mankato, Minn.

Celeste Ruble
Vice President – Employee & Public Relations
Riverland Community College
Austin, Minn.

Thomas Wente
KSMQ Board Treasurer
Principal - Smith, Schafer and Associates, Ltd.
Rochester, Minn.

Regional Advisory Committee
The KSMQ Regional Advisory Committee provides feedback and general advice to the station as it relates to overall service to the region. By reviewing potential programs and station initiatives, the committee serves as a connection between the station and the communities it serves.

If you are interested in serving on the KSMQ Regional Advisory Committee, call the station at 507-433-0678, toll free at 800-658-2539, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

KSMQ Regional Advisory Committee Members

Gail Dennison
Austin, Minnesota

Stephen King
Austin, Minnesota

Jennifer Levisen
Albert Lea, Minnesota

Brian McAlister
Austin, Minnesota

Mary Mundy
Wabasha, Minnesota

Victoria Spyhalski
Austin, Minnesota

Teri Wallace
Mankato, Minnesota

Jacob Zimmerli
Austin, Minnesota

Next Meeting Agenda


KSMQ Managing Editor

KSMQ Public Television, the PBS television station serving southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa, seeks a Managing Editor to oversee our growing portfolio of locally produced programming. The successful candidate will have significant editorial experience in broadcast media and is able to forge strong relationships with public service groups and newsmakers. This person will identify issues of interest within the region, and create programming to inform these topics. Position is responsible for marketing to external audiences through in-person and multimedia channels. Works with limited supervision and is willing to travel throughout the KSMQ viewing area. Media production and on-camera host experience required, non-profit experience a bonus. Send letter of interest, current resume and three references to:

Human Resources
2000 Eighth Ave. NW
Austin, MN 55912

No phone calls or emails please.

Production Specialist

Reports to:  Production Manager

FLSA Classification:   Full Time - Salary/Exempt


Job Summary:

Shoot, edit, and direct television content for broadcast and web distribution for KSMQ.

Job Functions:

  • Primarily responsible for performing field production duties including videography, lighting, and audio recording.
  • Serve as a videographer working under the direction of a producer and/or director.
  • Act as director on field shoots, including the coordination of other crewmembers.
  • Responsible for the visual interpretation of content in consultation with producing staff.
  • Perform non-linear (Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere) editing of content as well as other postproduction duties as assigned.
  • Perform still photography.
  • Perform studio production duties as needed, including directing, audio, lighting, floor management, camera operation and other related functions.
  • Participate in cleaning, organizing and maintaining the production facilities.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of production tools and equipment specific to television and web production.  Seek new learning opportunities to stay current.
  • Attend meetings and workshops as assigned and/or required.
  • Communicate and collaborate with other communication professionals and with community partners and viewers, and always represent KSMQ in a positive manner.
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to the mission and goals of public broadcasting.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Required (An equivalent amount of training, education and experience will be considered):

  • High School Diploma or GED Required.  Undergraduate degree in accredited journalism, communications, radio/television curriculum or related field is preferred.
  • Minimum two years broadcast production experience, or three years related experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of broadcast production techniques preferred, with a demonstrated mastery of broadcast production and post-production techniques, including multi- and single-camera production, studio and location production, non-linear editing (Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere), basic compositing, and digital compression.
  • Demonstrable understanding of aesthetic principles of television, including visual composition, graphical design, audio composition, and temporal pacing.
  • Must be able to lift a maximum of 50#, and have the ability to perform physical functions as required.
  • Must have the ability and flexibility to travel to ancillary studio and other locations as required.
  • Must be willing to work a varied, flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Must possess a strong commitment to providing excellence in a finished product.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – verbal and written.  Must have ability to organize and present ideas clearly and persuasively.
  • Strong visual communications skills to develop and arrange images to tell a story.
  • A strong detail orientation to focus on both technical and aesthetic details.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the ability to meet deadlines and timelines as required.
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and also to work successfully in a team environment.
  • Must be able to handle stress in an appropriate manner, and be able to manage projects in a manner that is both collegial and productive.
  • Working knowledge of public television broadcast, and web standards and regulations
  • Strong PC and MAC computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, Windows XP, Excel, Photoshop, and Outlook.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable sales and federal laws. 

Certain job functions described herein may be subject to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.

Job Description: Marketing Manager—Operations

The responsibility of the Marketing Manager—Operations is to develop and implement strategies to promote KSMQ programming and services to the public through website, social media, print advertising, and radio and television promotions; works with Management and Producers to develop content; oversees all marketing, advertising, and promotional activities.


Update and maintain website to provide the most recent information on past, current, and future KSMQ productions; work with Management and Producers to develops content to promote KSMQ’s identity and mission to the public.

Engage the public through other forms of social media to increase awareness of KSMQ’s productions.

Propose, develop and manage advertising efforts, including newspapers, magazines, radio, and television.

Track and compile viewer/user data; report data as required by FCC, PBS, and various funding sources.

Propose and manage public events designed to build relationships between the public and KSMQ.

Work with Producers and the CEO to create and distribute press releases that inform media outlets about KSMQ’s productions.

Keep abreast of developments and innovations related to digital media and online distribution; apply knowledge to KSMQ’s website.

Handle incoming requests from the public and media outlets for information and/or media related to KSMQ Productions.

Other duties as assigned.

Reports to Operations Manager.


Demonstrated mastery of website creation, development and maintenance; proven fluency with Adobe Creative Suite and a working knowledge of Bento web software are preferred.

Proven success engaging the public through social media, specifically Facebook and Twitter; superior knowledge of other social media applications is also important.

Strong graphic design skills used for the creation of web pages, print advertisements, flyers, posters and other collateral materials.

Ability to write effective copy for website, social media, and other media; fluency with Microsoft Office.

Ability to communicate effectively with members of the public, producing partners, production staff, and Management.

Strong time-management skills with a proven ability to focus on priorities, solve problems, juggle multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.

Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems.

Enthusiastic, positive, team-oriented, and organized; able to formulate an effective media messages based on data provided by Management and/or Producers.

Knowledge of broadcast television production and distribution.

Commitment to the mission and goals of public broadcasting.

In order to perform the essential function of this position, you must be able to sit, walk, stand, use your hands, reach, talk, and hear.

Lift or exert energy up to 10 pounds 75% of the time and up to 25 pounds 25% of the time.

Close vision, distance or clear vision at 20 ft. or more and the ability to observe an area that can be seen to move up and down or left and right. 

Willingness to “own” the job and make it a symbol of pride for oneself and for KSMQ in general.


Bachelor’s degree in Digital Media or Communications and five years experience in work related to the described duties OR Associate Degree in Digital Media or Communications and seven years of experience in work related to the described duties

KSMQ Public Service Media, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F.  Qualified veterans, women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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