SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO RECEIVES IRVINE FOUNDATION GRANT FOR CALIFORNIA COUNTS COLLABORATIVE

 

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO RECEIVES IRVINE FOUNDATION GRANT FOR CALIFORNIA COUNTS COLLABORATIVE

Funding will support first-of-its-kind public media collaboration to cover the 2016 elections in the nation’s most populous state

PASADENA – January 6, 2016 – Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a one-year $135,000 grant from The James Irvine Foundation in support of the California Counts Collaborative, a groundbreaking statewide collaboration to cover the 2016 elections in the nation’s most populous state.

For the first time, California public media news organizations KQED in San Francisco, Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, KPCC in Los Angeles and KPBS in San Diego will come together to cover the 2016 elections. The partnership will produce in-depth, unbiased, highly coordinated, multi-platform coverage and resources that voters can use to inform their decisions. The California Counts Collaborative aims to inform and activate the state’s greatest resource, its people, through the combined efforts of all four stations, who will jointly plan coverage of important statewide races in the 2016 election, including the U.S. Senate race to replace Barbara Boxer and a number of key state ballot propositions. While this collaboration will be led by these four stations, the partners will provide some materials to other California-based public media institutions (Click here to read the full press release announcing the launch of the collaborative).

“We are grateful for the Irvine Foundation’s support” stated Melanie Sill, Vice President of Content for SCPR. “The grant will enable us to manage a lot of the extra elements involved in a four-way collaboration and also allow us to experiment and learn from California Counts along the way.”

This grant is part of the Irvine Foundation’s California Democracy Program, whose stated goal is to advance effective public policy decision making that is reflective of, and responsive to, all Californians.

The grant will enable SCPR to hire a Project Manager to work under the direction of the four stations to oversee the planning, collection, and distribution of coverage, development of tools, implementation of social media strategies, and other collaborative efforts.

 

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