Public broadcasting in Maryland touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s six public television and 12 public radio stations play a vital role in Maryland education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Maryland:
- Produces You Can Afford College, an annual broadcast that helps viewers navigate the complex maze of college financial aid. The live one-hour program features in-studio interviews with financial aid professionals, high school guidance counselors and financial advisers. In FY2012, more than 2,000 viewers tuned in to get the latest updates on higher education financing. Twenty financial aid professionals from area colleges answered more than 150 viewer questions via phone, email and social media.
- Launched the War of 1812 Virtual Resource Center on Thinkport.org, a comprehensive web portal to dynamic digital learning resources; professional development opportunities and training; online courses; and community outreach in early child care and the K–12 education communities. Warof1812.thinkport.org offers Maryland educators, students and families the opportunity to learn about the people, places and events surrounding this epic event. The site’s rich education resources include interactive games, activities, lessons, multimedia and field trips. In support of the bicentennial, the War of 1812 website is a production of Maryland Public Television/Thinkport in collaboration with the Friends of Fort McHenry and the National Park Service.
- Sponsors the annual Festival Hispano, in Millsboro, Del. The three-day event attracts more than 25,000 people.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- MPT and Your Community, on-air spots that highlight local organizations and explain their missions.
- Chesapeake Bay Week, a broadcast volunteer-a-thon that raises volunteer hours for Chesapeake Bay nonprofit organizations that foster cleanup and care for the bay.
- State Circle, a public affairs program that brings up-to-the-minute, in-depth analysis of major issues and pending legislative bills.
- Outdoors Maryland, an award-winning program that focuses on Maryland’s diverse collection of ecosystems, people and places.
- Direct Connection, an investigative public affairs program that attempts to answer the questions viewers ask via phone call-ins and e-mail.
- Participates in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships.
- Hosts the Community Listening Project, in which Maryland Public Television leadership travels across the state to meet with citizens to learn what concerns and issues dominate their towns and cities.
- Participates in Ready To Learn, an innovative public media initiative that improves the math and literacy skills of our nation’s youngest citizens, ages 2–8 years, especially those from low-income backgrounds.
- Employs student interns in marketing, news, social media, public broadcasting journalism and membership activities.