Life Breathed into Local Journalism

by Ben Cohen

This isn’t the answer to the collapsing journalism profession, but it’s still a ray of light and a sign that people still care about real reporting:

NPR has received $3 million in funding to launch a new journalism

project that will focus on providing in-depth, hyper-local coverage on

community-specific issues on an online platform. NPR received $2

million from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and $1

million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The new funding will allow a pilot group of a dozen NPR stations

with the resources to provide in-depth, hyper-local news on a topic

that is most relevant to the community where the station is located.

The grants also allow the stations to hire new “journalist bloggers,”

who will focus exclusively on reporting and aggregating news about a

topic relevant to that city. The pilot radio and TV stations have not

been chosen yet.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.