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We Need Public Television to Power Our Democracy

Public broadcasting has changed substantially in this century. With public support diminishing, public television has a greater reliance on sponsorships, donations and special fees. And as it faces increasing competition for attention, public broadcasting has been “pushed to the periphery.”

Time to remind ourselves how critically important the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a non-profit created in 1967 by Congress to ensure universal access to non-commercial, high-quality television, has been in the 50-plus years since its founding, and, given contemporary trends in news coverage, why it is needed more than ever now. READ MORE AT NJ.COM...

API Microgrants Boost Public Radio Stations’ Election Coverage

Three public radio stations have received support from the American Press Institute in a second round of microgrants for election coverage.

The grants are from API’s Trusted Elections Network Fund, which aims “to improve audience-centered elections coverage,” according to a Tuesday release. The three public radio stations were among 11 grantees.

  • WORT in Madison, Wis., is partnering with Isthmus Community Media on covering presidential events in the state, analyzing voting patterns in swing communities and interviewing local election clerks.
  • WDET in Detroit will focus on tackling misinformation around absentee ballots, drop boxes, and key political races and distributing other important voter information.
  • WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., is creating a voter guide to national, state and local elections that will include candidates’ answers to a questionnaire. READ MORE AT CURRENT...

The Impact of Public Media to Be Featured in Conference With Higher Ed Leaders

Two WPSU proposals that showcase the role and impact public media can have in local communities and beyond have been included as part of an international conference that includes presentations from higher education leaders from around the country.

The Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network will host its virtual meeting on Monday, Oct. 19, as part of the 2020 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Virtual Meeting. The meeting will examine ways that engaged institutions can leverage existing partnerships, create new relationships and lead outreach efforts to improve the quality of life for members of their communities.

The two proposals showcase how outreach and engagement efforts made by the public media station can help serve the needs of central Pennsylvanians and beyond. READ MORE AT WPSU...

In Search of the Next Generation of Local Media Owners

Though a deepening economic crisis continues to plague the local news landscape in the United States, the NewStart initiative has set out to ensure that one aspect is not overlooked: there are some profitable newspapers in the country whose owners are looking to sell.

The NewStart local news ownership initiative—a year-long fellowship program out of West Virginia University—aims to connect people interested in newspaper ownership with long-time owners that are looking for buyers. On the heels of a decade that has seen widespread attrition in local newsrooms and a pandemic that has hobbled the profession’s financial structures even more severely, the NewStart program believes there is still room to capitalize on the resources of long-standing community newspapers—and to make sure sure they’re safely in the hands of owners who care about journalism. READ MORE AT CJR...

Building New Partnerships for Journalism Collaborations

It’s only natural that what makes collaboration so powerful is often what makes it challenging: people. For us to gain from all the potential benefits of collaboration, we have to do the work of finding people with similar purpose, complementary values and compatible goals who possess the willingness to collaborate, to be open and invested in the relationship building and management of successful partnerships. Most important, we have to do the work of being good partners to others. READ MORE...