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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As Detroit emerged as an early epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis, Detroit Public Television (DPTV) became a key media partner in the COVID313 Coalition, a group of grassroots organizations that united to help Detroiters access critical information about services in the area. By producing a weekly town hall that was streamed on Facebook Live, as well as broadcasting segments on our weekly public affairs show One Detroit, DPTV and the COVID313 coalition filled a void in the emergency response system and connected our audience with life-saving services
The California Reporting Project is a statewide collaboration of 40 local and regional newsrooms working together to cover long-secret internal investigations of police officers which were unsealed in 2019. It is a locally driven, large-scale investigative journalism project that has published more than 100 stories, including several deep-dive investigations, exposed numerous failures in accountability, and led to dismissals of criminal charges in multiple cases.
“The Learning Space” is an educational program created by Maine Public in partnership with the Maine Department of Education and Educate Maine. It is geared toward students in grades 3-5 and their teachers, and is intended to help bridge the gap for students without reliable internet access during COVID-19. It aired on Maine Public’s primary television channel and reached more than 180,000 people per episode, or roughly 90 classrooms.
Uncuffed is a podcast and radio series made by people incarcerated in California prisons. KALW producers teach them how to record and edit powerful audio stories about life on the inside. Uncuffed seeks to create emotional, human stories to shift the narrative around incarcerated people and change the criminal justice system.
A Parent’s Guide to Public Schools is a free “consumer report” tool, distributed to 50,000 families to aid parents in making decisions about their childrens’ education. The Guide, produced in English and Spanish, provides an overview of every local public school’s performance in easy-to-read charts, with answers to basic questions about public school options. VOSD works UC San Diego to analyze the school performance data and with the San Diego Workforce Partnership to cover topics like vocational training. Read Current’s coverage of this project.
Seven Pennsylvania Public Media stations (WHYY, WITF, WLVT/PBS39, WPSU, WQED, WQLN, and WVIA) developed a collaborative programming and online media effort focused on the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania with the goals of increasing awareness, reducing stigma, and helping affected people find treatment. This state-wide project included long-form documentaries, online features, educational interstitials, and strong social media support. Battling Opioids helped to direct more than 23,000 calls to the state helpline since the project started by highlighting the phone number at every touchpoint. Read Current’s coverage of this project.
Engage ICT Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap” is an ongoing community conversation project that has evolved into a popular monthly event that allows local citizens to explore the most important issues facing people in and around Wichita, Kansas. Launched with support from the Knight Foundation, Engage ICT has developed a multimedia format, including audio, video, audience interaction and refreshments. Engage ICT sessions are streamed via Facebook Live, giving those unable to physically attend a chance to join the conversation. Additional reference materials from the public library are also provided on the topics covered. Read more about this project in Current.
North Country at Work (NC@W) collects photographs and audio content that tell the historic -and contemporary — stories of people at work across the vast rural geography served by North Country Public Radio. During the past year we implemented a new phase, returning to communities to collect photos and audio. For the third visit we hold a work-related story slam. NC@W has become an on-going project at NCPR and we are about to focus on post-WW II work stories. Read Current’s story.
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.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting crises emerged in Wayne County and Detroit, tens of thousands of residents have contracted the disease and thousands have died. Schools have closed and many people have lost their jobs. Over 35 percent of Detroit’s residents live in poverty and the economic and environmental toll of COVID-19 is significant, as Detroit families are less likely to have the resources, means, and opportunities to weather the effects of the disease and its fallout.
In early April 2020, a consortium of Detroit organizations banded together under the name COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students to share information with local communities about testing, education, health care, childcare, food distribution, immigration needs, unemployment, and more.
COVID313 includes school leaders, nonprofit organizations, philanthropic foundations, and Detroit city officials and representatives. Early on, COVID313 turned to Detroit Public Television to amplify the coalition’s messages throughout the region.
Leveraging the power of DPTV and One Detroit, the station’s weekly news show, COVID313 releases weekly, live virtual town hall updates via DPTV’s Facebook account. Recorded town halls are then made available via DPTV’s One Detroit website, Facebook feed, and YouTube channel.
DPTV lends its capacity and expertise to convene presenters, dive into issues, host discussions with state and local politicians, and provide COVID313 partners with opportunities to publicize available resources, such as utility assistance, food and basic need provisions, medical programs, and updates on the virus and its impacts. DPTV also works with community partners and program presenters to provide ASL, Spanish, and Arabic translation.
By weaving together the knowledge, resources, and expertise of Detroit’s varied sectors, DPTV is encouraging a collective and beneficial response to the pandemic. DPTV is empowering Metro Detroit residents to proactively and safely respond to the virus and is a strategic partner in the city’s efforts to mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19 and decrease its transmission rate.https://www.onedetroitpbs.org/?s=covid+313