NPR To Launch 'Project Argo'
December 28, 2009 at 5:54 AM (PT)
NPR plans to launch an its ambitious local news effort, known internally as PROJECT ARGO, this summer. Named by digital head KINSEY WILSON with "Jason and the Argonauts" in mind, this project offers $3 million in foundation support and a dozen stations committed to in-depth topical coverage of issues with broad national relevance and a strong local focus.
"We want to demonstrate that we can build both authority and audience around the coverage of particular beats in these communities," WILSON said.
Participating stations will include KPBS/SAN DIEGO; KPCC/SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA; KQED/SAN FRANCISCO); KALW .SAN FRANCISCO; OREGON PUBLIC BROADCASTING; KPLU/TACOMA-SEATTLE); MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO; WAMU/WASHINGTON, D.C.; WXPN/PHILADELPHIA; WNYC/NEW YORK; WBUR/BOSTON; and WGBH/BOSTON. They have committed to covering part of the costs of the project during this phase, and supporting it on their own after that.