Eight New England broadcasters form CPB-backed collaboration

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The New England News Collaborative, a collective of eight public broadcasters, was formed with a $625,538 grant from CPB, the corporation announced Thursday.

The reporting collaborative will focus on regional topics like energy usage, climate, transportation infrastructure and immigration issues. It will create multiplatform journalism, including broadcast, digital and town-hall meetings about issues facing New Englanders.

The partner stations are lead station Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network; WBUR in Boston; Maine Public Broadcasting Network; Rhode Island Public Radio; New Hampshire Public Radio; Vermont Public Radio; WSHU Public Radio in Westport, Conn.; and New England Public Radio in Amherst, Mass.

“Public media organizations from around New England have been collaborating since WNPR started the Environmental Reporting Initiative more than a decade ago,” said John Dankosky, v.p. of news at CPBN, in a press release. “We realized then, as we do now, that New England states share common geography and history, political organization and people. We think the New England News Collective will help to tell the stories of this connected and rapidly changing region.”

CPB has now funded eight regional journalism collaboratives throughout the United States, most recently in Detroit, Alaska and the Great Lakes region. Each will receive funding over two years.

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