Co-produced by Lumiere Productions and Thirteen/WNET, New York
October 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6 2001
series looks at how race, community, ethics, and ratings collide in a
local network news station. We find out what happens behind the scenes
when a third place newsroom in Charlotte, North Carolina, tries to climb
in the ratings race while trying to offer quality news. In a gripping
episodic series, LOCAL NEWS explores fundamental questions about journalism,
ethics, and community.
Using Local News proactively, the Television Race Initiative (TRI) can
encourage an exchange that it is not triggered by a controversy, and that
invites many players to step back and collectively examine new possibilities.
TRI is working in association with Roundtable, Inc on the ambitious public
engagement campaign that is designed to offer this PBS broadcast as an
unprecedented opportunity to communities everywhere. Through action plans,
facilitated dialogue, and other forms of sustainable problem solving between
community activists and the media entities that serve them, we look to
implement strategic activities.
In addition, TRI will assess, publish and distribute promising practices
for using Local News in other communities well into the future. TRI does
not claim that Local News will provide a quick fix for the myriad problems
that face broadcasters and diverse communities, but it does offer a timely
and engaging tool for understanding and addressing them.
For a series companion discussion guide, call 415-553-2841; or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the series, go to http://www.pbs.org/wnet/insidelocalnews/
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