CPB grants $1.3 million for election collaboration

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CPB has awarded more than $1.3 million to a consortium of public radio and television organizations to support multi-platform coverage of Election 2008. The partners include American Public Media, Capitol News Connection, KQED, NPR, PBS, Public Radio Exchange, Public Radio International/Public Interactive and The NewsHour. The mashup of local and national content will include election video and teaching materials from PBS, a collaborative content initiative called Global Perspectives on Election 2008 from PRI, a collection of election audio and social media content from PRX, and user-generated political commentaries curated by NPR. An interactive election map from The Newshour and NPR and an “Ask Your Lawmaker” web widget from CNC–through which users can question their lawmakers and listen to answers obtained by journalists–are already up and running. Andy Carvin, NPR’s senior strategist for online communities, writes more about the project here.

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