Conn. network inks deal with schools for media academy

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Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network has signed an agreement with the Hartford public school system to establish at CPBN headquarters a hands-on lab where students will learn how to produce TV, radio and online media.

Starting with the 2013–14 school year, 100 seniors in the Hartford Journalism & Media Academy will take all of their classes, including core subjects, in the new Learning Lab.

“No other public broadcasting institution in the country is taking a third of its facility and building a school there,” said Jerry Franklin, CPBN president.

The net plans to invest $3.5 million to convert 20,000 square feet of space into classrooms and production studios for the lab. CPBN has raised about $1.6 million so far from corporate donors and foundations.