NPR and other public radio stations to pilot StateImpact, an ambitious local-national journalism initiative to report on state government actions and their impact on citizens and communities. Eight state-based projects were selected to pilot with NPR on the StateImpact launch. witf is leading the pilot for Pennsylvania, with the collaboration of WHYY in Philadelphia, sharing reporting and resources. As the project lead, witf is creating a reporting “hub” – and with WHYY - has hired two multimedia journalists to focus on the critical issue of energy in Pennsylvania. StateImpact Pennsylvania will cover the fiscal and environmental impact of the state’s booming energy economy, with a focus on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation. Reporting produced by witf will appear on every available media platform to reach the widest audience – including public radio stations throughout Pennsylvania, websites, blogs and mobile services. Award-winning reporters Scott Detrow and Susan Phillips will lead the effort. Detrow is familiar to witf listeners as the station’s former state Capitol bureau chief. Phillips is a native Philadelphian  with roots in central Pennsylvania, who has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Both StateImpact correspondents will concentrate on radio and web reporting, and develop an extensive website that will offer original reporting, curated content and a place for conversation. The site officially launched July 6, 2011 and also is linked to a central hub."> NPR and other public radio stations to pilot StateImpact, an ambitious local-national journalism initiative to report on state government actions and their impact on citizens and communities. Eight state-based projects were selected to pilot with NPR on the StateImpact launch. witf is leading the pilot for Pennsylvania, with the collaboration of WHYY in Philadelphia, sharing reporting and resources. As the project lead, witf is creating a reporting “hub” – and with WHYY - has hired two multimedia journalists to focus on the critical issue of energy in Pennsylvania. StateImpact Pennsylvania will cover the fiscal and environmental impact of the state’s booming energy economy, with a focus on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation. Reporting produced by witf will appear on every available media platform to reach the widest audience – including public radio stations throughout Pennsylvania, websites, blogs and mobile services. Award-winning reporters Scott Detrow and Susan Phillips will lead the effort. Detrow is familiar to witf listeners as the station’s former state Capitol bureau chief. Phillips is a native Philadelphian  with roots in central Pennsylvania, who has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Both StateImpact correspondents will concentrate on radio and web reporting, and develop an extensive website that will offer original reporting, curated content and a place for conversation. The site officially launched July 6, 2011 and also is linked to a central hub."> NPR and other public radio stations to pilot StateImpact, an ambitious local-national journalism initiative to report on state government actions and their impact on citizens and communities. Eight state-based projects were selected to pilot with NPR on the StateImpact launch. witf is leading the pilot for Pennsylvania, with the collaboration of WHYY in Philadelphia, sharing reporting and resources. As the project lead, witf is creating a reporting “hub” – and with WHYY - has hired two multimedia journalists to focus on the critical issue of energy in Pennsylvania. StateImpact Pennsylvania will cover the fiscal and environmental impact of the state’s booming energy economy, with a focus on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation. Reporting produced by witf will appear on every available media platform to reach the widest audience – including public radio stations throughout Pennsylvania, websites, blogs and mobile services. Award-winning reporters Scott Detrow and Susan Phillips will lead the effort. Detrow is familiar to witf listeners as the station’s former state Capitol bureau chief. Phillips is a native Philadelphian  with roots in central Pennsylvania, who has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Both StateImpact correspondents will concentrate on radio and web reporting, and develop an extensive website that will offer original reporting, curated content and a place for conversation. The site officially launched July 6, 2011 and also is linked to a central hub."> witf teams with NPR to launch StateImpact Pennsylvania project | Pressroom | witf.org
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witf teams with NPR to launch StateImpact Pennsylvania project

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Jul 11, 2011 7:51 AM

(Harrisburg) -- witf is collaborating with NPR and other public radio stations to pilot StateImpact, an ambitious local-national journalism initiative to report on state government actions and their impact on citizens and communities. Eight state-based projects were selected to pilot with NPR on the StateImpact launch.

witf is leading the pilot for Pennsylvania, with the collaboration of WHYY in Philadelphia, sharing reporting and resources. As the project lead, witf is creating a reporting “hub” – and with WHYY has hired two multimedia journalists to focus on the critical issue of energy in Pennsylvania. StateImpact Pennsylvania will cover the fiscal and environmental impact of the state’s booming energy economy, with a focus on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation.

Reporting produced by witf will appear on every available media platform to reach the widest audience – including public radio stations throughout Pennsylvania, websites, blogs and mobile services. Award-winning reporters Scott Detrow and Susan Phillips will lead the effort. Detrow is familiar to witf listeners as the station’s former state Capitol bureau chief and lead reporter on the Impact of War project. Phillips is a native Philadelphian  with roots in central Pennsylvania, who has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004.

>Both StateImpact correspondents will concentrate on radio and web reporting, and develop an extensive website that will offer original reporting, curated content and a place for conversation. The site officially launched July 6, 2011 and also is linked to a central hub.

In addition to Pennsylvania, other pilots are occurring in Florida, Idaho, Indiana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. witf and the other partners are participating in a two-year pilot phase. NPR will invite applications from additional stations and states to join the project this Fall, with the goal of eventually providing editorial resources and reporters in all 50 states.

stateimpactlogoThe StateImpact network builds upon the best of local and state reporting at NPR member stations across the nation by focusing on how governmental decisions affect citizens in such areas as education, healthcare, and business, the environment and jobs. StateImpact will ultimately add more than 100 journalists to serve public radio’s growing audience of 34 million listeners, and tens of millions more online and on mobile.

“StateImpact is launching at a time when investments in local media are shrinking or have disappeared all together,” said Kathleen Pavelko, witf’s President and CEO. “StateImpact Pennsylvania demonstrates our commitment to continued quality reporting for the Commonwealth—a commitment was that recently honored with witf’s fourth national Edward R. Murrow Award in the past 5 years.”

Several foundations, corporations and individual donors have made philanthropic contributions to NPR and partner stations in support of StateImpact: including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Florida College Access Network, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Melville Charitable Trust, the Open Society Foundations, the School of Business at Southern New Hampshire University, the William and Salomé Scanlan Foundation of Austin and San Antonio, and The Wallace Foundation. These grants fund the planning and launch phases, and have made it possible for NPR to staff an eight-member StateImpact desk to run the project. witf is actively working with NPR to seek additional funding for the overall initiative, and local and regional matching funds. The StateImpact project, as a reporting hub, is one of the funding priorities in witf’s 50th Anniversary Campaign, On Trusted Ground.

NPR serves as a central editorial and technical resource, enabling witf and stations in every state to work collaboratively with one another to develop stories and share content on common issues, and identify national trends. The StateImpact desk is led by deputy director Cathy DuChamp, former editor of the Northwest News Network based in Seattle, Wa.; editorial coordinators are Ken Rudin, longtime NPR Washington editor, and Elise Hu, who joined NPR recently  from the Texas Tribune.

StateImpact is the latest NPR initiative to build the reporting capacity of public radio across all platforms at both the national and local level. Earlier contributions by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) jointly funded the first phase of the Argo network. Knight previously funded intensive multiplatform training at NPR, and CPB is supporting the planning phase of the Public Media Platform, a digital distribution network to serve all public media via a common infrastructure. Each of these projects sets the stage for the ambitious and broad scope of StateImpact.

witf is a valued source of educational, inspiring and creative content for adults and children in every community in the Central Pennsylvania region. witf’s programs and services reach nearly two million citizens in more than 17 counties in Central Pennsylvania. witf comprises public broadcasting stations witf TV, witf 89.5 and 93.3, the news networks RadioPA and Pennsylvania Public Radio, the regional magazine Central PA, website witf.org, Educational Services, and Media Solutions.

NPR is an award-winning, multimedia news organization and an influential force in American life. In collaboration with more than 900 independent public radio stations nationwide, NPR strives to create a more informed public – one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.

 

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Other Pilot StateImpact Stations

 

StateImpact Florida: Putting Education Reform to the Test

WUSF, Tampa (project lead)

WJCT, Jacksonville

WLRN, Miami

WMFE, Orlando

WUWF, Pensacola

StateImpact Idaho: Bringing the Economy Home

Boise State Public Radio, Boise (project lead)

Idaho Public TV

KISU, Pocatello

Northwest News Network

StateImpact Indiana: The Education Shift, from Pre-K to College

WFIU, Bloomington (project lead)

WNIN, Evansville

WBAA, West Lafayette

WFYI, Indianapolis

IPBS

WBST, Muncie

WBNI, Roanoke, Ft. Wayne

WVPE, Elkhart

StateImpact Ohio: Eye On Education

ideastream, Cleveland (project lead)

WKSU, Akron

WOSU, Columbus

StateImpact Oklahoma: On the Money Trail

KGOU, Norman (project lead)

KOSU, Oklahoma City

KWGS, Tulsa

Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA), Oklahoma City

StateImpact New Hampshire: Business and the Economy in the Granite State

New Hampshire Public Radio, Concord

StateImpact Pennsylvania: Energy, Environment, Economy

WITF, Harrisburg (project lead)

WHYY, Philadelphia

WDUQ, Pittsburg

WPSU, State College

WDIY, Lehigh Valley

WQLN, Erie

WVIA, Wilkes-Barre

StateImpact Texas: Connecting Power Policy and the People

KUT, Austin (project lead)

KUHF, Houston

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