Public broadcasting in the District of Columbia touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The District’s one public television and three public radio stations play a vital role in District of Columbia education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the District and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Washington, D.C.:
- Airs WHUT-TVs Evening Exchange, a series of interviews with writers, philosophers and newsmakers, offering their insights into the greater Washington community with special emphasis on topics of particular interest to communities of color.
- Reaches the capital area’s largest radio audience. Arbitron’s Winter 2012 Survey, which measured average weekly listening from Jan. 5 through March 28, 2012, showed WAMU-FM moving into the No. 1 spot in the D.C. market for the first time in station history. Subsequent surveys confirmed the station’s leadership position.
- Hosted a digital media teacher training session by WHUT-TV in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television and 2MPower Media. The curriculum was based on the PBS documentary Slavery by Another Name, a historical narrative on forced labor after the end of the Civil War. The training was designed to help 30 D.C. public high school social studies and English teachers use digital storytelling to deliver their lesson plans.
- Produces the highest-rated of NPR-distributed talk shows: WAMU-FM’s The Diane Rehm Show, which airs on 164 public broadcast stations and 68 HD stations.
- Sparks far-reaching local and regional discussions on WAMU-FM’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, even crossing to the other side of the globe—thanks to technology—with Joined by War: Afghanistan 10 Years Later, a special production that connected audiences in the District of Columbia and in Afghanistan for a remarkable town hall discussion.
- Hosted Super WHY! Literacy Camps through WHUT-TV for children in low-income, underserved neighborhoods. More than 200 4-year-olds have benefited from the station’s Super WHY! Camps.
- Worked with 10 D.C. public and school libraries to offer Library Corners, a dedicated library space that features transmedia material from public broadcasting, including books and computers where learning games can be accessed. Librarians at these facilities received training by WHUT’s education coordinator to assist them with expanding their knowledge of age-appropriate materials in literacy and STEM.
- Launched American Graduate, a special nine-part WAMU-FM series examining the high school dropout crisis in the nation’s capital.
- Sponsored the Spotlight Network for the 21st straight year. WHUT’s student club, fully managed and run by students, has produced news programs, documentaries, campus reports and film reviews using equipment provided by WHUT.
- Organized a town hall hosted by WHUT-TV, WAMU-FM and WETA and attended by more than 100 teachers who addressed the alarming dropout rate among Washington students.
- Trained Howard University students to work with ninth-graders at five D.C. high schools to establish digital media arts clubs. The clubs in turn train students on small-format video and audio production, basic Web design, blogging and social media. The project is a partnership between WHUT-TV and the National Black Programming Consortium.