CPB Funds Four Radio News Partnerships

Grants will enhance the diversity, capacity and quality of local and national news

Feb 10, 2015

Washington, DC (February 10, 2015) -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced that it has awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to four partnerships involving 13 public radio stations. The Diverse Perspectives: Enhancing the Diversity, Capacity and Quality of Local and National News is part of CPB's ongoing effort to expand coverage of local, regional, and national issues by promoting collaboration among producing stations.

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting believes by building up local journalism capacity we strengthen local-national partnerships enabling public media to address the information needs of local communities as well as the entire country,” said Bruce Theriault, SVP of Radio and Journalism. “By working together and leveraging each other’s reach, audiences, and resources public media stations create more impact and a greater public service than they could alone.”

The four partnerships are: the Arizona Science Desk, led by KJZZ in Tempe, AZ with stations KUAT, Tucson, KWAC, Yuma, and KNAU, Flagstaff. These stations will focus on science and technology which are under-reported in the state. Sound Medicine News, public media's first system-wide health-¬focused partnership, led by WFYI, Indianapolis, IN and partner stations WXXI, Rochester, NY, and KBIA, Columbia, MO. The Military Service, In and After the Uniform, with lead station WUNC, Chapel Hill, NC, and partner stations KUOW, Seattle, WA, and KPCC, Pasadena, CA, will explore some of the most pressing issues facing U.S. Military members, both in service and as they return as veterans. Lead station WLRN, Miami, FL and its partner stations WMFE, Orlando, and WUSF, Tampa form Health Care Innovation which focuses on how innovation is altering the business of health care and how new technologies are improving patient care and changing the practice of medicine.

Each grant is for a term of two years. Led by a dedicated editor and at least one reporter at each participating station, each partnership will create distinctive, original content – audio, video, text, photos, blogs, maps, interactive elements, databases and other digital content –on a single topic building expertise and producing in-depth coverage not offered by other media. Working with the national editors at NPR, Public Radio International (PRI), and American Public Media (APM) reports produced by the partnerships will be included in national news programming.

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

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