CPB Funds New Local Journalism Center in Pennsylvania
- For Immediate Release on January 14, 2014
Collaboration of Pennsylvania Public Media Stations Focusing on Local Cities
Washington, D.C. (January 14, 2014) –The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced that it has awarded a $1.5 million grant for the creation of a new multimedia local journalism center (LJC), Keystone Crossroads. The new LJC will be a collaboration of Pennsylvania public media stations.
The Keystone Crossroads LJC is led by WHYY in Philadelphia. Pittsburgh’s WQED and WESA FM, Central Pennsylvania’s WPSU and Harrisburg’s WITF will be partner stations. The LJC will focus on the challenges the cities are facing, including a shrinking tax base and crumbling infrastructure, and enormous budget deficits. By combining smart storytelling with energetic civic engagement, Keystone Crossroads will help Pennsylvanians see the challenges of their cities more clearly, understand how they are related, and create a forum for potential solutions at both the local and state levels.
“Local Journalism Centers are really centers of collaboration comprising public media stations working together to report on local stories with significant impact,” said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. “This kind of focused collaboration ensures in depth reporting on issues of importance and concern to Pennsylvanians and of interest to all Americans.”
In addition to Keystone Crossroads, CPB funds six other LJCs across the country, including: EarthFix based in the Northwest; Fronteras in the Southwest; Harvest in the Midwest; Innovation Trail in upstate New York, the Southern Education Desk in the South, and most recently the Energy LJC in the Rocky mountains.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.