The news harvest is a technology-assisted workflow we’ve developed to produce a daily local newsletter in communities that are media deserts. It allows people to launch useful multi-lingual news products that uplift existing community production and begin the restoration of those ecosystems.
Speaking Grief is a multiplatform initiative aimed at creating a more grief-aware society. It validates grief as a normal, healthy part of the human experience, addresses the importance of support from friends and family and offers guidance on how to show up for people in their darkest moments.
WDET listeners read a book together and the station leads a community discussion about the challenging societal issues we all face. The selected book sets up these conversations and this year we are reading and discussing Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
Matter is a local news nonprofit with a digital, community-informed model that inspires civic engagement by investigating the most pressing issues in central Ohio. Rather than scratching the surface of many issues, Matter contextualizes the news for its donors and audience by diving deep into specific topics of local importance for extended periods of time, filling gaps in coverage with explainers, animations, podcasts, mini documentaries and interactive maps.
The Memorial Day death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin set off protest around the globe. “Police Reimagined: The Future of Public Safety” is a four-part community conversation series that attempts the to answer the question: Can you reduce funding for police, and limit their role in communities, while ensuring public safety for all communities?
KMUW’s Digital Democracy on Tap shifts enlightening live conversations to an online format that allows for expanded reach, flexibility and greater opportunities for audience participation, while still hosting high quality discussions of issues facing our local and national community.
The Pittsburgh region is run in large part by more than 500 unelected board members of authorities, commissions and other governmental agencies who often decide what does and doesn’t get built, who gets contracts and grants, what rates and fees we pay and more. This project sheds light on these panels and their roles, providing information about each member and inviting analysis of this important part of the region’s power structure.