PBS Project NAPA

Update: Winners of Project NAPA Station Grants

Thank you to all the station representatives who applied for the PBS Project NAPA Station Grants. Your missions and endeavors impressed us greatly, and made the field very competitive.

Times like these call for the kind of thoughtful and relevant journalism that only public media can provide. That's what makes this mission so exciting, and so meaningful. For an introduction to the PBS News and Public Affairs (Project NAPA) keep reading.

In the meantime, here are the Project NAPA grant recipients. Congratulations!

Fred Martino                   Natalie Walsh                                Sara Wittmeyer
KRWG                               KPBS                                               WTIU  
Las Cruces, NM              San Diego, CA                               Bloomington, IN         

Steve Dawe                     Mercia Weyand                                Brook Ellingwood
WXXI                               Georgia Public Broadcasting          KCTS9
Rochester, NY                 Atlanta GA                                        Seattle, WA

What is it?
If you could bottle the best of PBS news and public affairs programming, infuse it with the broad
Thumbnail image for NAPA, blog.JPGintegrity and scope of public media, match it to an unquenched thirst of your audience, and pour it easily into your own delivery engines, what would it taste like, and how big a gulp would you take?

Well, good news from the PBS Interactive kitchen: As part of an overall multi-platform PBS News and Public Affairs initiative, PBS Interactive will launch a website this fall that curates content from PBS programs, local PBS stations, and other public media resources to bring unique depth and context to timely topics in the news and enable constructive civic engagement. The site will go behind the headlines to share insight into relevant current events with a fresh, engaging perspective and innovative new media storytelling techniques, including videos, stories, blogs, widgets, timelines, photos and searchable data. This initiative will also create adaptable tools, modules, and training programs to empower station websites and enhance their community presence and function. 

An idea this big and vital requires a fantastic name - and, honestly, we don't have it yet (though PBSFizzyPop came to mind!) The internal name is Project NAPA. If you have suggestions that don't make one think immediately of wine or auto parts, please send them along to Senior Editor,  Joel Schwartzberg at

We also invite you to apply for a PBS Project NAPA Station Grant! The grant will enable six station individuals to attend the Online News Association annual conference in Washington, D.C. including a special session sponsored by Project NAPA, all expenses covered. This will be an invaluable way to learn about emerging trends, best practices, and useful tools for digital journalism. (We are no longer accepting applications for the PBS Project NAPA Station Grant)

The entry was written by PBS Interactive's Joel Schwartzberg. If you have any questions about the PBS NAPA initiative, or about the station grant, please feel free to send Joel a line or leave comment below.

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