Local that Works

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.

Explore the LTW database of 350+ projects. Entries from the 2020 contest will be added to this database this fall.

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11 results found.

A Parent’s Guide to Public Schools (2019 Finalist)

Voice of San Diego

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.

Battling Opioids (2019 Finalist)

Pennsylvania Public Media

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: Democracy on Tap (2019 Finalist)

KMUW, Wichita's NPR station

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 Public Radio “In Your Town” (2018 Finalist)

North Country Public Radio

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.

PBS Charlotte 3-D Project: Dreamers, Doers, Destiny (2018 Finalist)

WTVI

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.

The Intersection (2018 Finalist)

KALW

THE INTERSECTION is a series of hyperlocal audio documentaries that look at our changing region through physical intersections. We spend as long as it takes — sometimes a day, sometimes over a year — capturing the voices of people who live and work near a specific intersection in the Bay Area. We pinpoint the different forces and factors at play there and, over the course of a piece or season, we connect the dots between the past, present and future. Read Current’s story.

414 Music

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Radio Milwaukee has the mission to foster community engagement through music and stories. A pillar of this mission is to provide a platform for local musicians to share their work with an engaged and supportive listener base. Key pieces: 414 Music Live a weekly live performance by local artists in front of a live audience, that is broadcast and streamed live; the annual Radio Milwaukee Music Awards; and 414music.fm, an HD channel and digital stream broadcasting only Milwaukee music.

90.5 WUOL Education Outreach (2017 Finalist)

Louisville Public Media

The 90.5 WUOL Education Outreach includes Instrumental Partners, accepting donated instruments and placing them in schools; Summer Listening that encouraged families to listen together; and an in-school program Sharing Music, Sharing Stories, through which, our education director, Sara Soltau, met over 2,000 students, performing a one-woman show, recording stories and creating features for broadcast as she visited students in the Louisville and Southern Indiana school districts, the Americana Community Center and Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Read Current’s story.

Band Together (2017 Finalist)

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Radio Milwaukee believes music is a powerful force to bring people together – a belief that drives their mission to utilize music to connect diverse audiences. In 2016, they launched Band Together to act on that belief, creating a unique evening of music and food, with diverse, live music – featuring four local bands from four genres – and a variety of ethnic appetizers from local restaurants. Between bands, the station puts on storytelling performances about race and people coming together.

A Parent’s Guide to Public Schools (2019 Finalist)

Voice of San Diego
2019
Nonprofit News Org/Other
Julianne Markow
julianne.markow@voiceofsandiego.org

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.

https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/schools-guide/