Feb 4, 2011

NCME, CPB announce interactive portal detailing community engagement activities

There's a new interactive story portal launching today (Feb. 4), supported by CPB and building on the Public Media Maps project from the National Center for Media Engagement. The two said in a statement that the portal showcases public broadcasting's commitment to community engagement, as well as lets pubTV and radio stations identify opportunities for collaboration. It aggregates more than 300 stories to illustrate pubmedia’s local impact. Using Google Earth software, users click on green tags to pull up details on projects such as the High Risk High initiative from Prairie Public Broadcasting/KFME, which used a website, radio series and local town hall meetings to explore North Dakota’s problem of underage and binge drinking. Pubcasters can manipulate data sets, juxtaposing stories with activity in other areas to identify opportunities for increased content sharing around topics such as healthcare, the economy and education. NCME also plans to add data from other public service organizations to encourage development of community partnerships.

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