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— NPR response to efforts by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) to introduce bills that would cut off funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
After a slew of reports, conferences, and hearings, the calls for public media to step into the journalism breach have been met with action. Over the past year, there has been a wave of experimentation in local news projects in public media, a trend that is increasing rapidly, especially at radio stations. As Ken Doctor sums up in this Newsonomics post:
We’ve seen 12 topical sites prominently launched in major cities, under the rubric of Project Argo. We’ve seen National Public Radio building out a state-of-the-art internal wire (the NPR API), facilitating the sharing of national, global and local stories among public radio stations. We’ve seen the Corporation for Public Broadcasting fund various new initiatives, including the Local Journalism Centers, aimed at improving regional issues reporting. We’ve seen Boston’s WBUR, the Bay Area’s KQED, the Twin Cities’s MPRNews.org and L.A.’s KPCC all launch standalone news sites over the last year, moving beyond the programming brochure look that has long characterized public radio on the web.
These projects are just the start. They are matched by ambitious proposals to ramp up stations’ reporting capacity, such as Bill Kling’s push to add over 300 new reporters to local public radio newsrooms, and NPR’s new Impact of Government initiative, which will add reporters to cover state governments in all 50 states.
Philadelphia’s WHYY Radio is launching a local news portal next week. Called NewsWorks, the site is being described as “everything you love about NPR, only on the Web, and about Philly.” Christopher Ali, a doctoral student at the Annenberg School of Communication talks with Chris Satullo, WHYY’s Executive Director of News and Civic Dialogue, about the challenges facing Newsworks:
Digital access and literacy among users are the other major challenges, ones that are experienced by all organizations wanting to launch an online news platform for a community as socio-economically diverse as Philadelphia. This divide was illustrated by one of WHYY’s community forums held at a community digital media center. Here, one room featured WHYY proselytizing the value of NewsWorks, while in another room, community members were attending a regularly-scheduled class on how to use e-mail.
While Satullo said that this is definitely a concern, he adds that this is a concern that is at some points overstated.
— via the Center for Social Media.