Strengthening Education Reporting - WUNC Additional Year
WUNC-FM increased its capacity and expanding the scope of its education reporting by adding another reporter to cover education issues in North Carolina. WUNC-FM also assigned an additional reporter/researcher to use public data, Freedom of Information Act requests and original research to explore topics and break news about issues in public schools. WUNC was one of nine public media organizations to receive a 2013 CPB grant to create high-quality multimedia content addressing issues related to education and aligned with CPB's American Graduate initiative, and was one of the most broadly recognized grantees in this program, receiving honors from the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards, the North Carolina Associated Press Awards, the Public Radio News Directors Awards and the Society of Professional Journalists. The station brings together school leaders from across the state for critical conversations about how recent reforms are affecting classrooms and students on its daily talk show The State of Things. WUNC-FM continues its StoryCorps style ""My Teacher"" interviews, which are presented to high school groups, which then lead to proposals from the students for future interviews. WUNC-FM also continues its Youth Reporting Institute, a structured summer opportunity for up to nine young people to work with audio production, learn journalism and media literacy, and build relationships with WUNC-FM and its listeners. All audio content produced under this grant is added to the American Graduate Playlist on PRX.org.