Six stations team up for journalism collaborative covering Western U.S.

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A CPB-backed journalism collaborative will bring together six public radio stations to cover issues in Rocky Mountain states.

The Mountain West Journalism Collaborative will launch with $475,000 over two years from CPB. Partner station KUNC in Greeley, Colo., announced the collaborative Tuesday on its website.

A managing editor at Boise State Public Radio in Boise, Idaho, will lead the collaborative. The other participating stations are KRCC in Colorado Springs, Colo.; KUER in Salt Lake City; Wyoming Public Media in Laramie; and Yellowstone Public Radio in Billings, Mont.

The collaborative will cover issues of “land and water, growth in the expanding west, including the rural-urban divide, issues facing the rural west and western culture and heritage,” according to the announcement.

“Here in the West, we’re watching the fast growth of new American cities, but we’re also seeing significant changes in the rural outposts,” said Tom Michael, Boise State Public Radio GM, in the announcement. “This partnership will explore this national contrast and share these compelling news stories to a wide audience in the distinctive voice that is public radio today.”