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Content PLC

Started Jan 27, 2020


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The NETA Peer Learning Communities (PLC) connect NETA members and provide a space to share best practices, develop professional support networks and identify high-impact projects that members could jointly pursue. NETA’s PLCs focus on Community Engagement, Content, Education and Marketing and Communications.




  • Develop the Content PLC into a great space for sharing best practices, create professional support networks and identify high-impact projects that members can jointly pursue
  • Support and bring together public media programming and production professionals

Target Audience: Members of the Content PLC

Course is offered by NETA

PLC Facilitators

Thomas Todd

Thomas Todd

Chair Community Content PLC,Senior Producer/Director: UNC-TV

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Currently work for PBS North Carolina for over twenty (22) years. Duties include, manages production crews, produce, and direct the station’s fast pace and high-profile public affairs, cultural affairs, educational, legal and performance shows and documentaries for our state-wide public television network and commercial stations, as well as produce video content for the station's digital mediums.

In my spare time, I manage and operate my own company, Real Connectivity Media LLC. Services include, but are not limited to, providing consultation, streaming platform set up, and determining media equipment for local churches.

Heather Mazzoni

Heather Mazzoni

Vice Chair Content PLC, Chief Content Officer, WHRO

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Heather Mazzoni came to WHRO Public Media in 1998 as an audience and member services representative and has served many roles throughout the organization over the years. She is a passionate advocate of public media and credits Mister Rogers as an early inspiration for her love of community and making a difference through content production.

As Chief Content Officer she is responsible for local content concepts, creation, and initiatives across all platforms as well as distribution of local programs to national platforms. She oversees the strategic direction of Television, Radio, Journalism, and multi-platform digital content as well as Traffic. She also serves as host and executive producer of Curate.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Christopher Newport University; and in addition, she attended Thomas Nelson Community College where she majored in Fine Arts. Heather is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Leadership program and the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Leadership program.

Heather lives in Norfolk with her husband Matt, sons Julian and Brett, and faithful pets Sonny, Finn, and Barkley. Her interests include culinary arts, travel, art, history, and baseball.

Angee Simmons

Angee Simmons

NETA Liaison, Content PLC

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Angee leads the NETA Content team. Prior to joining NETA she was with KCPT, Kansas City PBS for 24 years starting in programming, becoming an award-winning producer, executive producer, vice-president for TV Production and Creative Services and most recently as vice-president for Engagement and Education.

During her tenure at KCPT, Simmons produced, wrote, and directed a variety of media including promotional materials, interactive web sites, mobile applications, magazine format series, live concert performances and long-form documentaries.

Simmons’ long-form documentary work includes Bad Blood: The Border War That Triggered the Civil War, recipient of two Regional Emmys and a NETA citation for Best Historical Documentary, Tapping Kansas City: A Beer/Love Story, recipient of a Regional Emmy for Special Program, KC to Kanorado: An Uncommon View from I-70, a Regional Emmy award-winning travelogue narrated by Melissa Etheridge, Assembly Required, recipient of a Regional Emmy for Special Program, Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato, distributed by PBS as part of PBS Arts Festival, and numerous others.

She produced an integrated marketing campaign, interactive website and national engagement for the National Emmy Award winning documentary Be Good. Smile Pretty and following the success began developing engagement strategies for engagement driven content and community conversations around video storytelling. Recently she has led the CPB funded American Graduate initiative, as well as engagement around Ken Burns’ Vietnam.

Simmons has worked with multiple producers – both internally and externally - to provide content, editorial, packaging and marketing guidance. She also mentors student journalists through the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs.

She is the recipient of 10 Regional Emmy Awards (nominated for 23), 6 NETA Awards, The American Association for State & Local History Award of Merit, and numerous other regional, state, and local accolades in content and marketing. Simmons has film and English degrees with minors in education and women’s studies from the University of Notre Dame and is married with two children, Flannery (15) and Finnegan (13).

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