NET Joins Collaborative Effort to Deliver High Quality Journalism to Midwest

News Release Date: 
May 19, 2020

For Immediate Release

NET Joins Collaborative Effort to Deliver High Quality Journalism to Midwest

LINCOLN, Neb. (May 19, 2020) – NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is one of four public media stations selected to lead a new Midwest regional news hub, creating greater capacity for local, in-depth and investigative news reporting. Other stations in the hub include Iowa Public Radio, St. Louis Public Radio and KCUR, the NPR station in Kansas City.

The four stations will collaborate to bring citizens a deeper dive on stories that are important to the Midwest, as well as share stories with the nation and the world on NPR’s newscasts, news magazine programs and digital platforms.

“As with NET’s participation in the Harvest Pubic Media collaboration, this new partnership will add resources and scale to NET’s reporting on issues affecting the Midwest region,” said NET General Manager Mark Leonard.

The Midwest regional news hub is made possible through a $3 million grant to NPR’s Collaborative Journalism Network by philanthropists Eric and Wendy Schmidt. Eric Schmidt is the former CEO of Google.

The mission of NPR’s Collaborative Journalism Network is to leverage public radio’s reach to bring high quality local, regional and national journalism to all communities. The united network of public radio newsrooms plans to reflect America’s diversity and work together to tell stories from every corner of the country.

The Midwest hub joins regional newsrooms already operating in Texas and the Gulf States of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Another hub in California will be anchored by major NPR stations in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Los Angeles.

Other public radio stations serving Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska will have access to stories produced by the Midwest newsroom.


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