CPB backs four more station collaborations on topical reporting

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CPB continues to foster news collaborations, with more than $1.2 million in public radio grants announced Tuesday.

Four partnerships involving 13 public radio stations will receive the two-year support as part of the corporation’s “Diverse Perspectives: Enhancing the Diversity, Capacity and Quality of Local and National News” grant program, which was announced in November 2013.

The partnerships are:

  • The Arizona Science Desk, focusing on science and technology, led by KJZZ in Tempe with KUAT, Tucson; KWAC, Yuma; and KNAU, Flagstaff;
  • Sound Medicine News, a health-focused collaboration, led by WFYI in Indianapolis with WXXI, Rochester, N.Y.; and KBIA, Columbia, Mo;
  • “Military Service, In and After the Uniform,” exploring issues important to military members and their families, led by WUNC in Chapel Hill, N.C., with KUOW, Seattle, and KPCC, Pasadena, Calif.; and
  • Health Care Innovation, looking at how technology is changing that industry, led by WLRN in Miami with two more Florida stations, WMFE, Orlando; and WUSF, Tampa.

Each station will provide one dedicated editor and at least one reporter. The partnerships will produce multimedia digital content about their topics.

The partnerships also will work with national editors at NPR, Public Radio International and American Public Media to file reports for national news programs.

This announcement follows news that CPB will fund three or four collaborative regional journalism centers as well.

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