American Public Media Gets Grant
January 13, 2009 at 5:12 AM (PT)
AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA, parent of MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO and SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO, has received a $2.95 million grant from the JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION for its PUBLIC INSIGHT JOURNALISM program. The program uses radio, the Web, and face-to-face meetings to invite citizens to join its network of "citizen sources," with over 70,000 already participating. The participants become sources for stories based on their expertise, with specialized analysts providing fact-checking.
"We're very grateful to the KNIGHT FOUNDATION. This grant allows us to take this concept to the next level and share it with more news organizations," said the program's director CHRIS WORTHINGTON. "AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA and KNIGHT share the same vision: Journalism made vital because it has been informed by people who have first-hand insight and expertise. These days, those are the stories that cut through the noise."
"PUBLIC INSIGHT JOURNALISM combines the values of traditional journalism with the technique of crowdsourcing, that is seeking information from the audience," said KNIGHT FOUNDATION Journalism Program Director GARY KEBBEL. "By leveraging the expertise of the audience, news organizations are able to produce stories that are richer, smarter and more insightful."