Local that Works is an annual contest that spotlights innovative and replicable content, engagement and revenue initiatives at public radio and TV stations, and nonprofit news organizations in the U.S.
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Future Jobs explores the employment careers/opportunities that are trending now and in the near future. Future Jobs helps job-seekers to discover new, promising career options as they start their job search, and raises awareness about the regional workforce development efforts already underway in the Pittsburgh region. Through documentaries, shareable digital shorts,, this multiplatform project delivers life-impacting information to the public—especially middle school students and teachers, targeting them at the right time of their lives.
BenitoLink is a hyperlocal nonprofit news organization launched by two young Latino staff members with support from a local United Way grant. In 2018, BenitoLink expanded coverage of the local Latino community with funds from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm. In summer 2019, BenitoLink brought on five interns for graphic arts, copy writing, computer applications, and marketing. Our computer science intern was funded largely by the Emma Bowen Foundation.
Public Media Network (PMN) is a Public, Education, and Government (PEG) media arts organization founded to serve five Michigan towns: the City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Township, Oshtemo Township, Comstock Township, and the City of Parchment. Say Something: Youth Voices provides area young residents access to training, equipment loans, media production facilities, programming distribution, and vocational instruction in media production to local high schools. PMN also operates WKDS 89.9 FM, a 100-watt FM non-commercial/educational radio station licensed to the Kalamazoo Public Schools.
KSFR partnered with the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services, Santa Fe Community College Veteran’s Resource Center, Santa Fe Vet Center, Horses for Heroes-Cowboy Up! and veterans groups to report on post 9-11 veterans’ re-entry into civilian life. The station helped organize a job fair for veterans that included screening the stories, speakers and entertainment for the veterans and their families. Over 300 people attended. This project was supported with funds from CPB.
WBGO Media Fellows is a paid fellowship program that opens the door for a public broadcasting employment experience members of our local community. Each year two students from Newark are given a “hands on” opportunity to be mentored by our station news team and our Jazz Night in America production team for 8 weeks during the summer. Fellows learn first hand everything from pro tools to podcasting; meeting etiquette to interviewing techniques. They have real time deliverables and are paid a realistic working wage.
Via a four-year community engagement campaign that began in fall 2017, WTVI PBS Charlotte partnered with local workforce-related organizations to roll-out a three-part media project (Dreamers, Doers, Destiny) designed to empower youth to capitalize on their dreams through excellence, efficiency, effectiveness and entrepreneurship. Our target goal is to engage with and help educate local public high school students and young adults in career pathways and leadership training leading to education completion and lasting success in the workforce. Read Current’s story about this project.
Reimagination is an innovative program for Pittsburgh area teen musicians in which they record their own original music in a professional studio with mentorship from seasoned artists and engineers. This project gives teen musicians a professional experience while they are still developing creatively, allowing them to understand what a career as a working musician might feel like. We released volume 5 in May and each of the artists we recorded with was able to perform at area festivals this summer.
As the only local TV station servicing the region, the management team of EMPIRE PBS, along with their partners, are creating a 5-7 minute digital educational series called “Empire Builders.” The short form series focuses on teaching people not only about career possibilities but also pathways toward that career, by telling news magazine styled stories of people of San Bernardino.
WCNY teamed with the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) and Onondaga Community College to create a two-year Media Marketing Communications course combining high school and college coursework with hands-on learning from WCNY staff. This program (held at WCNY’s facilities) provides a career-boosting head start on the profession – students graduate with a New York State High School Regents Diploma, 18 college credits and industry certifications.
Future Jobs: Growing Our Region’s Workforce
Future Jobs explores the employment careers/opportunities that are trending now and in the near future. Future Jobs helps job-seekers to discover new, promising career options as they start their job search, and raises awareness about the regional workforce development efforts already underway in the Pittsburgh region. Through documentaries, shareable digital shorts,, this multiplatform project delivers life-impacting information to the public—especially middle school students and teachers, targeting them at the right time of their lives.http://www.wqed.org/futurejobs