Public broadcasting in Mississippi touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s eight public television and 11 public radio stations play a vital role in Mississippi 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 Mississippi:
- Mentors students at Piney Woods, one of only four historically African-American boarding schools in the United States. Students make periodic trips to the public radio studios at Jackson State, where the staff teaches them on-air and production skills.
- Works with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to provide up-to-the-minute weather and evacuation information.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Job Hunter, which highlights the careers available in Mississippi’s advanced manufacturing industry and outlines the education and training needed to secure a job in the field. MPB created a classroom curriculum that serves as a companion and is being used in Jobs for Mississippi Graduates classrooms across the state.
- Southern Remedy: Mississippi’s BIG Problem, addressing the obesity problem in Mississippi. Complementing the broadcast, MPB conducts community engagement activities and provides weight management resources to Mississippians.
- Works as a partner with the state in disseminating emergency information, improving education and spurring economic growth.
- 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 symposiums bringing students and community influencers from around the state together to discuss the causes and potential solutions to the high school dropout crisis.
- Provides a distance learning service connecting students to teachers across the state who provide instruction in courses not available at the students’ schools.
- Provides valuable literacy tools to more than 650 children in 50 child-care centers through MPT’s Between the Lions Preschool Literacy Initiative, in the absence of a statewide preschool program.
- Offers Radio Reading Service for blind and print-impaired Mississippians. This 24-hour service provides news, information and entertainment programs to all visually impaired Mississippians.
- 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.