Grant expands citizen journalism for public media

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced a $4.1 million grant Thursday to American Public Media to expand its network of "citizen sources" that help provide local news coverage across the country.

The grant will be funded over two years by the nonprofit corporation that channels federal funds to public broadcasters. Earlier funders of the project have been the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Washington-based Corporation for Public Broadcasting, said the effort will enhance local and regional news coverage from courthouses and state houses in urban and rural areas.

St. Paul, Minn.-based American Public Media's Public Insight Network already includes 120,000 "citizen sources" who share information with journalists in 45 newsrooms across the country. The newsrooms include New York Public Radio, KPBS in San Diego, Minnesota Public Radio, The Miami Herald and The Charlotte Observer.

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