Downstate News Collaborative

In an effort to ensure news stories throughout the state are being shared regionally and nationally, seven public media stations across the state joined forces to start a journalism collaboration Under the working title, Illinois Newsroom.

Led by Illinois Public Media, the Illinois Newsroom will focus on covering education, public policy, and health and the environment. It will produce content for partner stations, in addition to, working with national syndicates, including PBS NewsHour and NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

The McCormick Foundation is funding the audience engagement and partnership strategy for this initiative. The strategy includes developing digital tools that connect users with content and one another. Additionally, hosting events, discussions and workshops for community members, civic leaders, students and journalists to establish meaningful relationship with downstate audiences.

“The face of journalism is changing but its critical role in democracy is not, said David Hiller, President and CEO of the McCormick Foundation. “The Foundation investment in the Illinois Newsroom shows our commitment to sustaining a strong local journalism ecosystem in Illinois.”


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