Journalism

As steward of the federal government’s investment in public media, CPB funds journalism to ensure that the American public has access to high-quality local, regional and national reporting — the basis of an engaged, civil society. 

Public media represents a major source of fact-based news, meeting the information needs of communities across the country. CPB funding helps public media provide content that is fair, accurate, balanced, objective, transparent and created in a manner consistent with stations’ and producers’ editorial independence.

CPB supports efforts to advance national journalism and content-driven multimedia storytelling by stations and producers across the country. In 2016, CPB invested nearly $15 million in journalism, including support for public media election coverage and for PBS NewsHour, FRONTLINE and NPR’s international coverage. In addition, CPB provided the lead gift of $400,000 to NPR to launch The David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna Memorial Fund for International Coverage and Photojournalism. The fund honors the lives and work of NPR photojournalist David Gilkey and Afghan journalist and translator Zabihullah Tamanna, who were killed on June 5, 2016, in a convoy attack in southern Afghanistan.

Strategy

Through years of strategic investments with a focus on digital innovation, diversity and dialogue, CPB has cultivated a network of local and regional public media news organizations that, in partnership with national producers, strengthens public media’s role as a trusted news source.

To deliver groundbreaking stories, investigative reporting, and statehouse news across all platforms, public media must build upon a critical mass of “boots on the ground” reporting topped with beat and enterprise reporters who can develop expertise on local issues.

CPB supports capacity-building by funding station collaborations that add editorial staff, encourage efficiencies, reduce duplicative coverage and redeploy resources for enterprise reporting.

Through years of strategic investments, CPB has cultivated a network of local and regional public media news organizations that, in partnership with national producers, strengthens public media’s role as a trusted news source.

Since 2009, CPB has invested more than $32 million to help launch 29 local and regional news collaborations, creating 127 newsroom positions supporting the collaborations. These innovative partnerships connect 139 public media stations in 42 states and foster a vibrant multimedia network of high-quality local and regional journalism with national reach.

Code of Integrity

CPB provides financial support for the Code of Editorial Integrity for Local Public Media Organizations, a station-led effort to renew core principles of editorial integrity amid evolving roles and expectations, new technologies and platforms, and shifting notions of accountability and transparency. Stations across the public media system have voluntarily adapted the code, which was released in April 2012.