James Earl Jones Hosts an Award-winning "Front Page" Piece on University Endowment Funds for Public Television

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A segment, distributed earlier this year, was recognized for its production quality...

Earlier in 2016, James Earl Jones served as the host for an entertaining and educational "Front Page" segment in which professionals discussed university endowment funds and how they operate. This short-form documentary addressed common myths about the way that university endowments work and their purposes. This segment, which continues to be shown, received a Telly award for educational content.

University endowment funds are essentially financial assets, most commonly money, that are donated to colleges and universities. They are meant to be invested, so that the total value will increase over time. They typically follow strict policy allocations, as well as guidelines on how much of the investment income for the year can be spent. For universities, this is typically about 5 percent of the total asset value of the endowment. Most endowments are run by professionals in order to make sure that the investments that are made are in accordance with the policy allocations, as investments have to yield a certain amount of returns to avoid problems that could occur.

"Front Page Profile" was developed for the sole purpose of being aired on Public Television. This episode has been distributed to multiple Public Television and PBS Member television stations all over the United States and was filmed in high definition. Like all other episodes of this program, it is held to the highest possible standards before being put on the air. The program is put together by an award-winning group of videographers, producers, and writers, not to mention James Earl Jones, who is a veteran of movies and television.

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