FRONTLINE, PBS’s flagship investigative documentary series, is launching a new initiative to bolster local journalism in cities and towns across America with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Through the Local Journalism Project, FRONTLINE will partner with reporters affiliated with local print, television, radio, or digital news organizations to carry out in-depth investigative projects on subjects of local relevance. The initiative will support four to five such projects annually over the next four years. Applications are now being accepted.
“As communities across the country grapple with shrinking newsrooms in local media, our democracy suffers. It becomes harder for vital information to reach the public, and for reporters to uncover stories that hold the powerful accountable,” says FRONTLINE Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath, who served as the sole public media representative on the Knight Commission on Trust, Media, and Democracy.