‘The World’ receives CPB grant for project on young Latino voters

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The World is partnering with public radio reporters on a project on young Latino voters with help from a $300,000 CPB grant.

The project, Every 30 Seconds, will focus on “the issues, influences, concerns and challenges driving decision-making and turnout among young Latino voters across the United States,” according to a PRX press release Tuesday. The World is produced by PRX, WGBH in Boston and the BBC.

Every 30 Seconds will begin in February with broadcasts on The World. The project’s name is inspired by the statistic that every 30 seconds, another Latino citizen in the U.S. reaches voting age.

The World Senior Editor Daisy Contreras will lead production of stories for national broadcast. Tania Karas, a digital editor, will lead production of digital stories and interactives. Karas and World reporter Monica Campbell will also be contributors to the project.

Every 30 Seconds contributors at public radio stations include Stella Chávez at KERA in Dallas; Martha Dalton, WABE, Atlanta; Esmy Jimenez, KUOW, Seattle; Michel Marizco, KJZZ, Phoenix; Alejandra Martinez, WLRN, Miami; Naomi Prioleau, WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Daniel Rivero, WLRN; and Max Rivlin-Nadler, KPBS, San Diego.

“The 2020 election will be consequential, and it’s imperative that we report the story of our country at this moment in time in a way that best serves listeners,” Contreras said in the release. “With reporting from coast to coast, ‘Every 30 Seconds’ will amplify stories while illuminating issues we hope will deepen understanding of our democracy.”

Participating station reporters will go to Boston this week to receive training from PRX and meet with experts on demographic changes in the U.S. electorate.

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