Local Journalism Initiative

FRONTLINE is supporting local and regional news organizations that are conducting investigative journalism projects in their communities. Our partners in 2020 include newsrooms in Tampa Bay, New Mexico, Oklahoma City, Milwaukee and Colorado. We are contributing editorial, audience development and financial resources to coverage of subjects from environmental safety and teen suicide to online education and the future of farming. Read more about our Local Journalism Initiative here, and meet our 2021 partners here.

Our Partners
Texas Newsroom

A public radio/NPR collaboration

The Public's Radio

Providence, Rhode Island

Star Tribune

Minneapolis, Minn.

The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, Utah

Milwaukee PBS

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Rocky Mountain PBS

Denver, Colorado

New Mexico PBS

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tampa Bay Times

St. Petersburg, Florida

Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Latest Reporting from Our Partners

New Generation of Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Look for a Future That Keeps Them on the Land, Following Their Passion
The collapse of small dairy farms has been changing the landscape of Wisconsin — literally and figuratively — for years. Thousands of family farms are weighing their future, questioning whether they should keep going when the next round of hard times, which never seems far away, could force them out of business.
Milwaukee PBS
January 21, 2021
America's Dairyland: The Next Generation
Meet some of Wisconsin's next-generation dairy farmers.
Milwaukee PBS
January 21, 2021
Utah Attorney General’s Office ‘Surprised’ Police Shot at So Many People in 2020
The Salt Lake Tribune and FRONTLINE collaborate to investigate police shootings after Utah fails to collect data.
The Salt Lake Tribune
January 10, 2021
‘Constant Breaking of Your Heart:’ How Utah Police Respond to Mental Health Crises
Police shootings in Utah often involve someone who is suicidal or in a mental health crisis.
The Salt Lake Tribune
January 9, 2021
Two Weeks. Three Lost. One Florida Family Ravaged by the Coronavirus.
Boyzell Hosey, a journalist for the Tampa Bay Times, developed COVID-19 symptoms, then watched his world shatter.
Tampa Bay Times
December 17, 2020
Tampa Bay Charter Schools are Growing During the Coronavirus Pandemic
With more flexibility to adapt to pandemic conditions, some charters are filled to capacity as district schools struggle.
Tampa Bay Times
December 10, 2020
How Did the Coronavirus Overwhelm a Florida Nursing Home So Quickly?
Nine months into the pandemic, the virus has killed more than 19,000 Floridians. About 40 percent of the deaths have been among senior care residents. Tampa Bay Times investigates a retirement complex that became an early epicenter.
Tampa Bay Times
December 3, 2020
Lifelines: Preventing Youth Suicide
During a time of pandemic when so many people are experiencing illness, isolation and financial struggle, mental health is a top concern. The Rocky Mountain PBS "Insight with John Ferrugia" team has gathered stories of prevention, healing and hope.
Rocky Mountain PBS
November 18, 2020
Cheat Codes: Students Search For Shortcuts as Virtual Schooling Expands
Cheating has always been an issue in schools, but there is little getting in the way for students today. Shared answers have become even more accessible as districts have adopted or expanded their use of popular online learning programs.
Oklahoma Watch
October 23, 2020
Hurting Right Now? This Florida Woman Wants You to Know You’re Not Alone
As early as April, mental health specialists across the country were warning about how the coronavirus and lockdown would cause more people to struggle with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Tampa Bay Times
October 5, 2020
Coronavirus Isolated LGBTQ Students From Community. Now They’re Going Back to School.
When home isn't supportive, virtual school has added challenges for LGBTQ kids.
Tampa Bay Times
August 17, 2020
One of Florida’s biggest disparities: How coronavirus spread in Pinellas’ Black community
In Pinellas, Black residents are 2.5 times more likely to contract the coronavirus than white residents. That’s one of the largest disparities in Florida.
August 7, 2020

The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.