CPB is providing a $1.5 million grant to NPR to increase the diversity of its journalism ranks. The announcement of the two-year grant came on Aug. 2 the UNITY 2012 Convention in Las Vegas, an annual gathering of media professionals.
The funding will help NPR create a diverse team of reporters and editors guided by a senior online journalist overseeing the creation and curation of original, multiplatform content daily. The team will provide coverage of local communities nationwide, the issues that affect them and the people of many backgrounds and opinions who make those communities unique.
CPB said this grant builds on the success of the CPB/Knight Foundation-funded Project Argo, which helped NPR serve new broadcast and online audiences by focusing on specific subject areas.
More on this in the next issue of Current.