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A Nonprofit Model Is Emerging for Local News

As papers decline, and evidence continues to mount that the crisis in local journalism is having a wide range of negative effects on American public life, new and innovative solutions are being found as local communities rise to meet the challenge. Nonprofit online news services, often working collaboratively with the for-profit newsrooms in their regions, are emerging at a rapid pace. READ MORE...

PLUS: How the Death of Local News Has Made Political Divisions Far Worse

Local News Trade Groups Bid Ajit Pai Farewell

Local news groups may miss Ajit Pai when he leaves his post as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on January 20.

Despite the fact that the Trump administration broadly was seen as having a hostile view towards the press, Pai was considered by several trade groups as a loyal supporter of local news. READ MORE AT AXIOS... 

’91.One, Nashville’s Music Experience,’ Has Launched

Nashville Public Radio’s “91.One” WNXP, “Nashville’s Music Experience,” launched last week. The new music discovery outlet will champion new and emerging artists from Nashville, while incorporating a mix of indie rock, urban alternative, electro pop and pop alternative.

The new format offers a public radio alternative to Tuned In Broadcasting “Lightning 100” WRLT, which has served the market with an adult alternative format since the mid-1980s. READ MORE AT INSIDE RADIO... 

Remote Learning and Racial Introspection Have Led Audiences to Discover the Rich History of Public Media

The pandemic-driven shifts to remote learning and racial introspection spurred by the Black Lives Matter movement this year have both led audiences to discover the rich history of American public broadcasting as showcased by the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB).

The AAPB, launched with CPB funding about a decade ago and now run as a collaboration between GBH and the Library of Congress, has been digitizing and cataloging public broadcasting television and radio content, preserving it for future generations and making it available to today’s public and scholars. READ MORE AT CPB...

Why Biden’s Presidency Is the Time for a Funding Boost for Pubmedia

A Biden administration will have opportunities to implement policies aimed at staunching the bleeding in local news, as well as mitigating much of the hyperpartisanship, misinformation and political propaganda that pollute our current information channels. A good starting point would be to increase support for public media. READ MORE AT CURRENT...

Building New Resources for Local News and Information

How might public broadcasters find the resources to expand local news?

In recent weeks, public broadcasters in four parts of the country have employed a variety of strategies, including a merger, a legacy endowment, a statewide news match and sponsored local content.

These efforts don’t just aspire to add more local reporters. Rather, they are seeking to understand and spotlight overarching community narratives, give a megaphone to community assets, and raise awareness of and support for the role that news and information play in their regions. READ MORE AT CPB...

Public Media for All Campaign Gives Participants ‘Something to Aspire to’

A coalition led by people of color in public media has gained pledges from nearly two dozen stations and national organizations in the industry to commit to changes within their workplaces focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Public Media for All is asking that over the next three years, participating stations and organizations complete 10 of 11 DEI initiatives proposed by the coalition. In the near term, the coalition asks participants to complete one item within the first 30 days after signing up and five after one year. READ MORE AT CURRENT...