Local NPR Launches

Mission Statement:

The mission of Local NPR is to share ideas, facts and stories that help U.S. public broadcast newsrooms transform themselves into significant multi-platform  journalism institutions in their communities.

It was started by Michael V. Marcotte in January 2011.


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Michael V. Marcotte

Hi, I'm the (first-ever) Professor of Practice in Journalism at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. I teach multimedia journalism and launched are innovation/collaboration lab: New Mexico News Port. Previously, I was the 2012-2013 Reynolds Chair in Ethics of Entrepreneurial and Innovative Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno... and, before that, a 2011 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. I'm also very active as a consultant in public media news, having spent over 20 years as a news director. My website is http://www.mikemarcotte.com or on Twitter: http://twitter.com/michvinmar

2 thoughts on “Local NPR Launches”

  1. Mr Marcotte
    This is a very helpful blog for an newcomer to NPR issues. Eric Newton at Knight expressed his views to me about keeping NPR strong ahead, so I’ve been doing some searching.
    As a consumer using NPR on the car radio for about a year in often rural , small town areas, I got the importance, wanted to see a lot more on the local level. The mainstream NPR feeds are fine, but very repetitive.
    I’d read the Cochran report a while ago.
    I’m getting involved with some public broadband efforts in Stuart Fl–also an uphill quest. I’d like to help with public broadcast ideas.
    All advise welcome

    Bob Dowling Print BusinesWeek, retired, j prof overseas. 203 434 6684

    1. Thanks Bob. What I’ve always loved about public radio especially is its accessibility by and for the local community. While the professionalization of the local NPR station has constrained open participation, I think that is changing now with the availability of new platforms because they offer so much more “bandwidth” for many voices. The problem is keeping the quality high — which I think takes professional leadership and management — and that requires a thriving nonprofit business model even if it also relies on many volunteers.

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