Public broadcasting in New York touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s 11 public television and 61 public radio stations play a vital role in New York 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 New York:
- Hosted WNET’s annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning and had more than 10,200 educators attend (most from the tristate area and a few from around the country).
- Hosts Innovation Trail, a newsgathering collaborative involving five public media stations, focusing on regional news topics from new business ventures to alternative energy and biomedical initiatives, to innovation and how technology is enhancing the region’s economy.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- MoveIt!, which highlights the ways children can eat more sensibly and exercise creatively to stay active and fit.
- Job Hunt, teaching people how to navigate the job market and helping veterans, people with disabilities, elderly workers and others searching for employment.
- Treasures of NY: The New York Historical Society, the third in a growing series of documentaries on iconic landmarks in New York, featuring the restoration, history and reopening of the New York Historical Society.
- Broadcasts weekly science programs, monthly local literature call-ins, regular interviews with regional arts and cultural organizations, and roundtable conversations with local elected officials.
- Provides emergency announcements and live announcements from New York City Hall, 1 Police Plaza and the Office of Emergency Management to television stations and websites directly.
- Partners with many organizations to present radio public service information about the arts, theater, music and education events in the community.
- 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. WNET hosted a town hall as a forum for teachers to discuss challenges and possible solutions, and produced American Graduate Day, a national, seven-hour broadcast that spotlighted the work of national and local organizations on the crisis.
- Works in collaboration with colleges to bring interns into the public media experience.
- 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.
- Participates in the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest, in which hundreds of local children, from kindergarten to third grade, write an original story and illustrate it.