Local that Works spotlights innovative and replicable content, engagement and revenue initiatives at public radio and TV stations and nonprofit and digital news organizations in the U.S. LTW includes an annual contest and a database (below). LTW produces webinars that offer insights into projects and organizations that are reshaping local civic journalism.
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As tensions rose around the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, our journalists and production staff created a package to provide balanced information and a forum for community voices.
There’s Hope. There’s Help. is an 12-part animated video shorts series addressing mental health issues in an effort to prevent youth suicides. Designed for Alaska & use by other PBS stations for free.
WHYY’s Pathways to Media Careers is an extension of WHYY’s Youth Media programs, connecting young people with paid, part-time, work experiences with media organizations where they amplify youth voice.
A panel discussion of African American experts addressing what Champaign-Urbana is doing to combat gun violence. This in-person, and FB Live series also features a poet, DJ and speed painter.
Jacksonville is one of the largest cities in the U.S., yet its media landscape is shrinking. The Jacksonville Today newsletter helps fill the gap with a must-read guide to civic life.
“Buffalo What’s Next?” is a program created after a white supremacist killed 10 in a mass shooting on Buffalo’s mostly Black East side. It concentrates on difficult talk about segregation and race.
Palmetto Perspectives aims to bring together a diverse group of voices to discuss the critical issues facing South Carolina and its communities while engaging viewers throughout the state.
Engaging rural communities throughout South Dakota through storytelling, outreach, and strategic partnerships, to create opportunities for local connection across multiple platforms.
Yellowhammer History Hunt is a digital series that takes viewers on a journey through Alabama’s past, exploring the places and people that define Alabama. Includes corresponding educational materials.
But Why: a Podcast for Curious Kids adopts a new medium to answer your questions; short-form videos. Tour Vermont farms and have your farm animal questions answered in a series of 14 videos.
In Troy NY, a neighborhood works to shift divisions and narratives through community-driven art. WMHT tells the story through digital and broadcast content and engagement events.
NorCal Community Voices is a multimedia initiative bringing the voices of our diverse community to the airwaves and digital platforms. NorCal features community voices every hour on TV and FM, 24/7.
Our program celebrates multiculturalism and explores the diverse culinary experiences of Minnesota. We meet 3 cooks and see them go head to head to create their own version of the Minnesota Hot Dish.
Democracy Watch addresses the lack of local government reporting that our community has experienced as traditional news media has declined.
WNIN rallied its community around a new event called Taste of Evansville. The event celebrates our city’s diversity and invites the community to experience and appreciate other cultures.
Our Shaping Narratives leaders of color have produced stories with and for their communities that are being used to encourage change-based conversations.
WQED’s annual report is unconventional, but so is the time that we live. Rather than report on a calendar year, we have opted to reflect on the pandemic year.
Rose Scott and the “Closer Look” team travel to coffee shops in metro Atlanta for community conversations about the issues and topics affecting everyone’s quality of life.
We partnered with a local institution to produce a FB Live broadcast. We combined music and comedy via street interviews with medical expertise to dispel COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.
Kansas City PBS developed the KC Performs initiative to support local arts organizations (theatre, song, instrumental) as Covid-19 forced audiences out of performance halls and theatres.
Kansas City PBS Reproductive Rights Initiative
Key Components of the Reproductive Rights Package
On-Air Coverage-The Flatland show is a collaborative effort between our production and journalism teams that offers a monthly program taking a deep dive into a single topic that is raising questions in our community. The July 21st episode begins with a documentary short featuring b-roll and, interviews with local experts. This short was followed by an in-studio session moderated by show host, D. Rashaan Gilmore. The program was distributed over the air, through the PBS video app, on YouTube and online at flatlandkc.org.
Show Link: https://video.kansascitypbs.org/video/reproductive-rights-1q7dy2/
curiousKC: The team put the call out for reproductive rights questions through social media, over broadcast and via an online form. Submissions from our community informed throughlines in our reporting on the topic of reproductive rights.
Efforts sourcing audience questions resulted in the following articles:
Twitter Space: Moderated by Flatland show host, D. Rashaan Gilmore, the discussion included senior reporter Mary Sanchez and a panel of local experts. It provided additional context to some of the overarching themes of the show and presented the listeners with a chance to weigh in, in real-time. Link to Recorded Twitter Space: https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1yoKMWWZOwwJQ
Engagement Event: Our team also planned an event in collaboration with community partner American Public Square, “A Community Conversation on Reproductive Rights” which was moderated by our senior reporter Mary Sanchez. The event (offered virtually and in-person) convened a panel of local experts to discuss the economic, legal and human implications of the decision. Event Link: https://americanpublicsquare.org/event/a-community-conversation-on-reproductive-rights/
Journalism: Throughout the course of the project we posted 14 articles to our website which were promoted through a variety of distribution avenues to reach a diversity of audiences. Posted content was written by our own journalists, supplied by regular contributors and shared by various KC Media Collective Partners, and focused on a wide range of angles on the topic.
Our team went behind the contentious debate and provided a platform for the voices of those affected. The Reproductive Rights package is a true representation of the thoughtful, nuanced, and educational approach that guides our everyday work. The multimedia approach to content truly found audiences where they are and offered a path to balance and in-depth coverage regardless of where people find their information. We’re continuing to cover new angles after most press (especially national) have stepped back, now that the August 2 vote is passed. Over the course of the project to date and spanning the various content components we garnered 38,351 impressions (page views, broadcast impressions, social media post impressions, etc…). In a post-event survey, nearly 80% of respondents indicated that they gained insight into the topic.
Comments: “I appreciated attending with the group. Very nice selection for the panel. There was spontaneous applause (against the rules, I know) when the doula talked about the effect of the abortion bans on BIPOC people.” “This program was great. Now watching both sides' ads on TV--both have inaccurate information. That should be called out.” "With so much polarizations around political or social issues it is great to see people with vastly different views speaking civilly to each other was refreshing and educational. Modeling behavior is one of the ways we learn, please keep it up!”