Public broadcasting in Puerto Rico touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The commonwealth's public television and public radio stations play a vital role in Puerto Rico education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the commonwealth and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today.
- WMTJ/Sistema TV participates in CPB’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative to help reduce the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships. Sistema TV is partnering with local community organizations and Puerto Rico’s Department of Education to raise awareness about alternative education programs for high school students and dropouts. Sistema TV convened 10 agencies and organizations to participate in two 30-minute live television programs that were later re-broadcast. Produced as part of its daily one-hour public affairs program, Jugando Pelota Dura (Playing Hardball), the programs presented resources and information available to help students. Participating organizations discussed their services, as well as exchanged ideas with other organizations and government agencies regarding dropout prevention. The programs also featured testimonials of dropout students who successfully re-entered the educational mainstream, many times with the help of the participating community organizations. The station produced and aired six public service announcements to make viewers aware of different agencies and alternatives that can help families deal with school dropout.
- The Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation (Corporación de Puerto Rico para la Difusión Pública) is responsible for public broadcasting for the government of Puerto Rico. The corporation owns and runs several stations in San Juan, including WIPR-AM (talk radio), WIPR-FM/Allegro FM (classical music), and WIPR-TV/Puerto Rico TV, as well as WIPM-TV in Mayaguez.
- WMTJ/Sistema TV trained college and high school students in programming, communications, public relations, engineering and production through its internship program with Metropolitan University, Turabo University, Interamerican University and Juan Jose Osuna High School, which specializes in communications. College students earn college credit for their experience at Sistema TV. In addition, throughout the year the station receives students of all academic levels interested in learning more about its educational station’s operations, programming content and services to the community. Sistema TV has one full-service satellite, WQTO-TV in Ponce.
- WMTJ/Sistema TV produces numerous local, regional and state programs, including:
- Geo Ambiente and Aventura Científica, which analyze environmental topics and explore natural resources.
- Sistema TV Informa,which analyzes major community issues regarding education, health, economics, environment, technology and public policy.
- Sí a la Cultura (Yes to Culture) includes stories on Puerto Rico’s historical figures, culture and traditions, arts, theater, museum visits and culture.