NPR teamed up with 12 NPR member stations to launch The Argo Network, one-dozen topic-focused news sites aimed at offering in-depth, local coverage on subjects including global health, climate change, gentrification, public safety, education, politics, military, immigration, and music.
Each station chose its topic based on the needs of its local community, and the aim is to establish the NPR member stations as definitive sources of news on each specialized subject. Each Argo Network site contains a news-blog with multiple stories daily, as well as community features for audience engagement and curated content.
The Argo Network sites are connected via NPR’s application-programming interface, with back-end technology allowing integration, free-flow and sharing of content among the stations and NPR. Content from the Argo Network sites will flow into the NPR.org API, exposing it to more places and more people including third-party sites, NPR member stations’ sties, and NPR.org.
NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller said:
The Argo project has launched one-dozen independent news sites of substance and immediacy, where people can deepen their understanding of the critical issues that affect both communities and the nation. By networking the sites, each station gains national perspective, audience, and the opportunity to learn from the experiences of the others.
The Argo Network is made up of:
• Boston/WBUR: CommonHealth: Where Reform Meets Reality
• Boston/WGBH-WCAI: Climatide: Oceans, Coasts, and Climate Change on Cape Cod
• Los Angeles/KPCC (Southern California Public Radio): Multi-American: Immigration and Cultural Fusion in the New Southern California
• Minnesota Public Radio: On Campus: Everything Higher Education in Minnesota
• New York/WNYC: The Empire: Everything You Need to Know About New York State Politics and Governance
• Oregon Public Broadcasting: Ecotrope: Covering the Northwest’s Environment
• Philadelphia/WXPN: The Key: Discover Philly’s Best Local Music
• San Diego/KPBS: Home Post: The Military in San Diego
• San Francisco/KALW: The Informant: Cops, Courts, and Communities in the Bay Area
• San Francisco/KQED: MindShift: How We Will Learn
• Seattle/KPLU: Humanosphere: Covering the Fight to Reduce Poverty and Improve Global Health
• Washington, D.C./WAMU: DCentric: The Changing Face of the District