Every day, NPR and its Member stations are working together to tell the story of the whole country from everywhere in the country.
Why Journalism Matters. Good information about where you live — your town, your region, your country — is a foundation of our democracy. It helps create a more civil, connected society. But it's harder to get that information as local newspapers and broadcast outlets consolidate or fold.
Why NPR and local stations. No other news organization has the same on-the-ground reach as public radio. More than 95 percent of Americans live within range of a public radio signal. So we are positioned to deliver. The public radio network includes 1,800 journalists at more than 200 member stations across the country, plus another 400 reporters and editors at NPR. As a result, public radio is already an essential part of people's lives.
Why a Collaborative Network. The opportunity now is to reach new audiences and dig deeper into the issues of the day – at the local, regional and national levels. We are doing this by collaborating more closely inside the public radio network. We are building partnerships among groups of stations, in close coordination with NPR, to strengthen their local and regional impact and help bring more of their reporting to a national audience. We're planning coverage together, sharing technology that improves efficiency and honing best practices for engaging, insightful reporting.
By collaborating in new ways, NPR and Member Stations can:
- Expand coverage to underserved parts of the country by hiring reporters in regions that need them
- Increase ambitious investigative reporting projects
- Bring more local and regional stories by station reporters to NPR's national programs
- Enrich national programming with voices and perspectives from communities across America
All 25 public radio stations in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska serving some 63 cities will have access to content produced by the midwest regional newsroom, which will be led by the largest public media stations in the region--KCUR in Kansas City, St. Louis Public Radio, Iowa Public Radio and NET in Nebraska--with NPR as the national partner.
Public media stations in Birmingham, Alabama (WBHM); Jackson, Mississippi (Mississippi Public Broadcasting); and New Orleans (WWNO) and Baton Rouge (WRKF), Louisiana, have joined together to launch the Gulf States newsroom.
Public radio stations across California are teaming up with NPR on a regional newsroom to increase coverage of statewide issues and boost reporting from and for underserved regions across the state.
Led by KQED in San Francisco, the collaboration partners include KPBS, CapRadio, KPCC/LAist and KCRW, along with NPR. The California newsroom will serve all 17 public radio stations across the state that broadcast in 50 cities.
Reporters and editors from the state's four largest public radio stations — KERA in Dallas, KUT in Austin, Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, and Houston Public Media — are planning coverage together, sharing resources, and producing six live statewide newscasts every weekday. Smaller Texas stations also contribute reporting and air the statewide newscasts.
Veteran journalist Mark Memmott leads this public radio hub as managing editor.