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CPB Grant Targets Statewide News Coverage in Texas

Four stations in Lone Star State get a two-year grant totaling $750,000

WASHINGTON� The Corporation for Public Broadcastinghas awarded the Texas Station Collaborative a two-year grant totaling $750,000, the organization announced in a press release. The statewide collaboration consists ofKERA(Dallas),KUT(Austin),Texas Public Radio(San Antonio) andHouston Public Mediaas partners with other public radio stations around the state.�

�The Texas Station Collaborative is an example of increased media integration and a pathway for stations to work together to maximize resources while expanding their high-quality journalism that audiences value,� said CPB Senior Vice President of Journalism and Radio Bruce Theriault.

The TSC will coordinate and edit multi-station and statewide reporting projects and establish the infrastructure to organize editorial resources from public broadcasting newsrooms across Texas. By building a digital system for content sharing and communication among the participating public stations, the Collaborative will maximize the local journalism and production resources of public radio newsrooms. The TSC will serve as a model for future statewide collaborations throughout the public media system.

Working with NPR�s Collaborative Coverage team, the collaborative will also edit Texas stories for national news programs, including �Morning Edition,� �All Things Considered� and �Marketplace� and produce several statewide newscasts.

The TSC will hire a full-time coordinating editor, based out of KERA, who will direct content collaboration and planning between Texas public radio stations and national news outlets. In addition, the editor will work with Texas Standard � the new statewide daily newsmagazine created by KUT and co-produced with KERA, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio � on the planning, production and placement of content from newsrooms statewide.

KUT will employ a full-time statewide newscast producer responsible for coordinating with newsrooms across the state to curate, produce and distribute newscasts three times daily. The newscasts also will be used by �Texas Standard� (KUT�s one-hour daily news program heard on 23 public radio stations across the state) and will be available for use by Texas stations as well as national public media networks.�