This legislation would ultimately dictate the daily editorial schedules and news programs of nearly one thousand public radio stations across America.
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.