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.
In anticipation of THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, WNET’s Community Engagement department assembled a task force with representatives from across the station to leverage the broadcast and accompanying resources to encourage New Yorkers to read, vote for, and share their favorite novels. On air, online and in-person, WNET is using all our assets to harness New York’s love of reading.We refer to this as our “stone soup approach,” where each department contributes what they can to maximize impact with minimal resources.
Designed as a cross promotional tool for our sister television station KVCR’s broadcast of Ken Burns and Lynn Novack’s The Vietnam War, film KVCR Radio produced an 8 part series with veterans sharing their time in service during the Vietnam war. Our focus was the music of that time and the songs they remembered and reflect on when thinking about the Vietnam War.
In 2013 KCOS launched Only in El Paso, a web video series that tells positive and unique stories about the people and places one can only find in El Paso. The goal is to provide opportunities to area filmmakers and to expand perceptions El Paso. The project is created and produced in partnership with local filmmakers. Also collaborating are Destination El Paso and PBS Digital Studios. To date three full seasons of mini-documentaries have been completed reaching over 100,000 viewers.
In July 2017 WCNY partnered with The Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, and the Onondaga County Public Library to present the annual Summer Learning Day. The event focused on engaging the community to make summer a season of learning and had the theme “Dive into Summer with Splash & Bubbles,” a new PBS Kids show. Nearly 2000 people turned out for the event, 4X the 2016 attendance. Using PBS characters combined with many other activities was the key to success.
The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) at WGBH has developed free downloadable captioning software, the Caption and Description Editing Tool (CADET), which they unveiled to the public on May 11, 2017. The new tool, funded in part by a grant from the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General allows users to affordably produce high-quality caption files that are compatible with any media player that supports the display of captions and any web browser.
A locally produced community commentary series. “Tell us the personal philosophy and core values that guide your daily life, and hear stories from others.” This I Believe is based on the 1950s radio program of the same name and the media project (launched in 2005) from This I Believe, Inc. and Atlantic Public Media. WPSU-FM invites you, as a central Pennsylvania resident, whatever your background, to speak out.
WCTE launched a parental engagement program with a local company, Jackson Kayak, to reach at-risk families in the workplace. The parents who are employed by the company needed support and hands on training to improve their ability to parent their children to help them prepare for school and life. Twenty-five parents now attend monthly lunchtime sessions with each session centered around PBS KIDS programs, activities, and take-home projects to provide engagement moments with their kids.
In conjunction with the 2013 release of the PBS series, Makers: Women Who Make America, WCNY launched Central New York Makers Awards to honor women making contributions to their communities in WCNY’s viewing area. Nominees are evaluated on their efforts in their own communities that help shape today’s America. The awards ceremony is held at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY — the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement — located near Syracuse.