NBC Stations Partnering with Non-Profit News Outlets

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By Andrew Gauthier Comment

NBC owned stations are partnering up with local, non-profit news organizations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia “to create new and innovative cooperative news gathering and reporting arrangements,” the company announced today.

KNBC and WCAU are teaming up with local public radio stations–KPCC in LA and WHYY in Philadelphia–while WMAQ will partner with The Chicago Reporter, an investigative monthly magazine and news site.  The New York-based independent news organization ProPublica, which has partnered with CNN, ABC News, and “60 Minutes,” will collaborate with all ten NBC stations.

In May, NBC began looking for non-profit news partners for its stations based on the successful relationship between KNSD and voiceofsandiego.org.

“Over the last several months, we’ve made significant investments in our 10 stations to boost our news gathering capabilities and deliver the best local news and information in the marketplace,” said Valari Staab, president of the NBC Owned Television Stations, in announcing the new collaborations. “Our new partnerships will complement these efforts, giving us even more resources to enterprise stories that are important to our viewers in the communities we serve and helping us offer even more diverse programming and viewpoints. They will also offer an even larger platform for these non-profit news organizations to have their independent and diverse voices heard.”

Here’s a NBCU video providing an overview of the partnerships…