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CPB Announces Grants for Alaska and Indiana

More for news state collaboration groups

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced another pair of grants for its state collaboration projects.

A total of $775,000 is being sent in order that “Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KTOO Public Media in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska will dedicate nine reporters, editors and producers to provide in-depth coverage of energy issues in Alaska.”

KTOO(FM) General Manager Bill Legere said, “We have a 40-year history of news collaboration through APRN [Alaska Public Radio Network], and this opportunity will help us build the capacity to take our reporting beyond the headlines to cover stories critical to Alaska’s future.”

In Indiana, $609,000 is aimed at 11 public media stations for them to form a statewide news network.

A release explained, “The Indiana network, titled IPB News, will produce multimedia reports on government and politics; economics and business; environment and energy; health, science, and technology; and education. The CPB grant will support the hiring of eight journalists at the partner media outlets for two years, with station support continuing in outlying years.”

Recipient stations listed were: WFIU/WTIU (lead partnership news operation and headquarters for the project’s managing editor and education journalists); WFYI(FM/TV), Indianapolis; WVUT/WVUB, Vincennes; WBAA,West Lafayette; WBOI, Ft. Wayne; WVPE, South Bend; WBST, Muncie; WNIN, Evansville; and WLPR, Merrillville.