OSWEGO — WRVO Public Media, a multistation public radio network based at SUNY Oswego, has received a $40,560 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Titled Upstate Insight, the grant is helping to fund the coordination and sharing of regional news and public affairs coverage among stations serving Upstate New York.
Upstate Insight collaborators include WXXI Rochester, WSKG Binghamton, WMHT Schenectady and associate partner WBFO Buffalo as well as WRVO.
The stations are working together to train reporters in new forms of story development, production and presentation including the use of publicly available databases for reporting and analysis.
The project is a follow-up to an earlier Corporation for Public Broadcasting-funded project, Innovation Trail.
“Innovation Trail was a highly successful multistation collaboration that became a model for public broadcasters around the country seeking to cooperate in newsgathering,” said WRVO General Manager Michael Ameigh. “We learned that when reporters and editors cooperate, the result is better, deeper coverage, and more of it.”
Now in its 46th year of broadcasting from the SUNY Oswego campus, WRVO has nine repeater transmitters scattered across the central and northern regions of Upstate New York.
Much of the WRVO program schedule is also carried by radio stations at SUNY Cortland and Colgate University.
Reports produced by WRVO’s regional news staff are often heard in NPR national news broadcasts and are available as free downloads from WRVO.org