Public broadcasting in Oregon touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s seven public television and 46 public radio stations play a vital role in Oregon 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 Oregon:
- Produces around 120 minutes of original local news content each week. Every month, OPB produces an average of 215 local news stories for 21 newscasts each weekday and at least five weekend newscasts.
- Launched two reporting initiatives—EarthFix and Ecotrope—to expand coverage of important environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- OPB News, providing fair and in-depth coverage of stories that affect a broad cross section of people who live in the Pacific Northwest.
- Learning with Less, a series that looks at the consequences of school budget cuts, giving parents, teachers and students an opportunity for discourse on the subject.
- Sonidos Latinos, which features Latino programmers playing Latin music.
- Think Out Loud, a live public affairs program with the city’s most important decision-makers.
- Oregon Field Guide, a weekly TV series covering the environment, ecological issues and outdoor recreation.
- Oregon Art Beat, an award-winning television show that showcases art and artists of Oregon and southern Washington.
- Immense Possibilities, a weekly public television program that shines light on people and groups whose social creations are building healthy and vibrant communities.
- Southern Oregon Town Hall, a regional community engagement project that brings opinion leaders and community members together to discuss community issues.
- Student Showcase, a series of short segments that showcase exceptionally gifted students from the Southern Oregon viewing area.
- Provides training and public radio internship opportunities to students.
- Engages the community using online tools such as the Public Insight Network (PIN) and Facebook, which allows people to share their knowledge and insight about timely issues. More than 6,000 people have signed up with PIN.
- Covers education issues on public radio with an exclusive education beat reporter.