A total of $4.4 million in grant funds has been awarded out by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to 46 public media stations over the las six months to help support the formation of eight journalism collaborations. CPB said in its statement that the collaborations involve both state and regional broadcasters and will help them coordinate and plan news coverage.
Here are the recently established collaboration grants:
- Ohio River — $445,000 to seven public media stations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. Led by Louisville Public Media.
- Natural State News — $278,300 to four Arkansas public radio stations. Led by KUAR, Little Rock, Ark.
- Illinois Newsroom — $715,600 to seven public media stations in Illinois. Led by Illinois Public Media (WILL-Urbana)
- Alaska Public Media Network — $775,000 to three Alaska public media organizations. Led by KTOO Public Media, Juneau, Alaska.
- Indiana Public Broadcasting News — $609,600 to 11 public media stations in Indiana. Led by WFIU and WTIU, Bloomington, Minn.
- Detroit Journalism Cooperative — $659,800 to three public media organizations in Michigan. Led by Detroit Public Television.
- Great Lakes Regional Journalism Collaborative — $356,500 to three public radio stations in Great Lakes region. Led by WNED/WBFO, Buffalo, N.Y.
- New England News Collaborative — $625,000 to eight public stations in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island. Led by Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network.
The new collaborations will create 57 new newsroom positions, including 11 editors.
Since 2009, CPB reports it has invested approximately $27 million into the forming 22 collaborations and regional newsroom operations.