Public broadcasting in Michigan touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s 11 public television and 30 public radio stations play a vital role in Michigan 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 Michigan:
- Hosts screenings of a feature film from the award-winning public television series Independent Lens. After the screening, a panel of residents with expertise in the subject matter leads an interactive discussion with audience members, bringing the film’s content home and exploring options for becoming involved in community/national/global problem solving.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Broadcasts of the Mackinac Policy Conference, which focuses on critical regional issues including government policy and economics.
- LZ Michigan: A Journey Home and LZ Michigan Highlights, documentaries focusing on the Vietnam War era.
- Off the Record, a public affairs discussion moderated by a senior capital correspondent with reporter roundtable, featuring newsmakers from state government and politics.
- BackStage Pass, a “music made in Michigan” series featuring performances and backstage conversations by musicians representing a variety of musical genres.
- Participates in the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest, in which hundreds of children, from kindergarten to third grade, write an original story and illustrate it.
- 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. Detroit Public Television hosted a town hall that provided a forum for teachers to discuss challenges and possible solutions to the crisis.
- Initiated a music media program for high school students at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Students learn to develop program concepts and communication.
- 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
- Supports the next generation of broadcasters by serving as a training ground through internships for Michigan State and Northern Michigan University students who serve in production, in master control, as associate producers, in social media and in many other departments.
- Partners with the Knight Foundation in an effort to reduce violence and improve life in Detroit through a public radio program called Black Male Engagement.