Democracy & Me

Democracy & Me is an educational outreach program of Cincinnati Public Radio aimed “increasing students’ civic participation as they become adults.” The program provides social studies teachers with tools, learning experiences, lesson plans, news stories and a blog focused on the American electoral process and the roles of citizens and the media. The fall teacher training session focused on problem-based learning; the spring sessions focused on podcasting project for the classroom, with 29 teachers (reaching 2,330 students) registered for the D&M workshops.

NewsNight

News Night Orlando, launched in April 2019, provides a once-a-week deep dive into complicated issues facing Central Florida. The show is hosted by an anchor/reporter at the local ABC affiliate. She and a WUCF producer pick the topics and the panel of reporters, who give viewers a sense of the real story behind the headlines they may see and hear about day after day. News Night Orlando enables WUCF to collaborate with news media across all platforms in the Central Florida market.

Strike a Chord

Strike a Chord is a public service awareness campaign designed to draw attention to vital community issues in the New York area. WFUV has explored subjects ranging from veterans returning home to the healing power of the arts, sharing content through on-air public service announcements, news features, the WFUV e-newsletter, community events, and public affairs programming. Strike a Chord is produced in partnership with BronxNet Television, local cable access center.

MindShift

KQED’s MindShift newsletter reaches more than 100,000 teachers, principals, learning coaches, librarians and others in the education profession. In the spring of 2019, MindShift began asking newsletter subscribers to submit questions via Google Form to ask other 100,000 subscribers. MindShift editors selected questions every 1-2 weeks, enabling readers to share tips in a tightly moderated way about thorny issues in education.

Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap (2019 Finalist)

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.

¿Qué Pasa, Midwest?

¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? is a bilingual podcast that tells the stories of Latinx in the Midwest. Funded with support from CPB, the podcast facilitates difficult conversations and explores policy issues, such as immigration and the U.S. Census. WNIN reaches out to educational institutions to host listening parties share these stories with students. ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest?

Issues & Ale

Issues & Ale is Michigan Radio’s ongoing community engagement event series that provides people a chance to discuss important issues…in a fun, informal setting. The public is invited to learn more about a specific topic from a panel of experts and then join in with their questions and comments. Issues & Ale discussions are hosted by Michigan Radio on-air anchors or reporters, and held in brew pubs, sports bars and taverns across Michigan. These events are free and open to the public.

Illinois Public Media’s Democracy Series

Ahead of Illinois’ April 2019 municipal elections WILL worked with three high school classrooms and 80 adult community members to develop local candidate questionnaires that met the specific needs of municipalities in our listening area. IIllinois Public Media (IPM) partnered with community organizations on events that facilitated civil discourse, increased media literacy, democratized editorial decision-making, inspired civic action, and educated young Illinoisans. This “Democracy Series” was designed to demonstrate that public media is uniquely equipped to facilitate dialog about local concerns.

CoastLine – Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface is a 12-month series on WHQR’s locally produced program CoastLine focusing on civil discourse. Members of the community engage in a roundtable style conversation, one that is lively and respectful, and explores a range of topics. The program focuses on understanding how lived experiences shape people’s views and, hopefully helps participants become better listeners who are more comfortable spending time with people with different perspectives.