Public Broadcaster Videoconference Draws Nationwide Audience

Last Friday, public broadcasters from Chevak, Alaska to Fajardo, Puerto Rico signed to watch the kickoff event of The Stations Turning Outward Initiative - a partnership between The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Harwood Institute. The Initiative and videoconference give broadcasters the tools to deepen the impact of CPB’s economic response grants and demonstrate their local relevance at a time of financial pressure.

In all, people from 41 states and Puerto Rico signed-up to learn how public broadcasters and others can turn outward toward their community and deepen their local relevance and impact.

In studio,  Rich was joined by Joe Krushinsky from Maryland Public Television and Flo Rogers from KNPR (Las Vegas) each of whom participated in the Community Engagement Initiative (CEI). They both spoke of the impact that Harwood work and ideas had on their community, their staff and their stations. Mikel Ellcessor from WDET in Detroit (and a recent Lab alum) also joined the conversation to speak about the importance of stations turning outward in places like Detroit.

Click here for an archived version of the videoconference