CPB grants fund expansion of video journalism at regional centers

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CPB is bolstering its financial support of five regional Local Journalism Collaborations to add video reporting units.

The $2 million will support video journalism teams at the LJCs. Each team will be led by a manager who will provide editorial oversight and continuity, CPB said in the announcement, and help the LJCs share content and work together.

The infusion of cash “will allow the LJCs to expand on their current work and share it with an even wider national audience,” said Bruce Theriault, CPB’s senior v.p. of journalism and radio.

Video teams will produce news and feature stories for stations to broadcast and present online. Segments will also air on national programs such as PBS NewsHour and help stations localize the two-minute cutaway within PBS NewsHour Weekend.

The LJCs receiving grants are EarthFix in the Northwest, Fronteras in the Southwest, Harvest Public Media in the Midwest, Innovation Trail in upstate New York and Inside Energy in the Rocky Mountains. Two LJCs will not participate, according to a CPB spokesperson. The Southern Education Desk is in the process of reorganization, and Keystone Crossroads in Pennsylvania, which opened in January 2014, is still getting established.

Since the launch of the LJCs in March 2010 as Local Journalism Centers, CPB has invested a total of $14.9 million in them.

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