WNED | WBFO is well-suited as the lead station for the Great Lakes Today regional journalism collaborative. Lake Erie and Lake Ontario play defining roles in Western New York’s past, present and future. The region is home to numerous entities with laudable track records in researching Great Lakes issues and launching initiatives. WNED | WBFO reports extensively on issues and opportunities related to the Great Lakes. Much of the reporting is focused on water quality, access to water and economic development.
In 2014 WNED | WBFO produced If Our Water Could Talk, a television documentary, television panel discussion and multi-part radio series focused on the issues, challenges and opportunities of the lakefront area.
WNED | WBFO will build on its participation in several CPB funded projects including an award-winning education reporting initiative, “Innovation Trail” and “Upstate Insight.”
WBFO Radio has an experienced radio news staff in Western New York. The staff has nearly four centuries of combined broadcasting experience. Over the past three years, WBFO has won more than 20 first-place state and national awards for journalism excellence, more than any other radio station in the region.
WNED-TV has produced many local and national documentaries. Programs broadcast on PBS include, Niagara Falls, Window to the Sea, Chautauqua: An American Narrative, The War of 1812. Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, The Adirondacks and Underground Railroad: the William Still Story. WNED local productions include Buffalo First Ward, Buffalo’s Houses of Worship and Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction.
WXXI has extensive experience in multimedia reporting. This includes its role as the hub for the Innovation Trail, one of the original CPB funded Local Journalism Centers, and the broader multi-station collaborative newsroom, Upstate Insight, as well as the New York State Capitol News Bureau. WXXI is a leader in consolidated public radio and television newsrooms.
WXXI has produced a number of national television programs, including a medical series, Second Opinion, and the annual XEROX Rochester International Jazz Festival series. National documentaries include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years, Paley on Park Avenue: New York City, Restoring a Masterpiece and Tailor Made. Local productions include Need to Know, HomeworkHotline, and New York Wine and Table.
90.3 WCPN ideastream® has extensive experience managing and executing reporting projects. It is the lead station in StateImpact Ohio, a collaborative multiple media education reporting project with WOSU and WKSU. ideastream's track record of success on projects also includes the Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership with NPR. ideastream presents about 35 pieces of national interest on NPR quarterly. Its newsroom brings a combined 200 years in radio journalism.
During the Great Recession and recovery, ideastream received grants for two CPB Economic Response Projects on foreclosure (Facing the Mortgage Crisis) and unemployment (Help Wanted). ideastream was a partner in the CPB-funded Local Journalism Center (with Michigan and Chicago) called Changing Gears. This initiative focused on manufacturing issues of rust-belt cities. ideastream managed web-based social engagement for this project.
ideastream was a partner in QUEST, the NSF–funded, cross-platform science journalism collaborative to create and distribute content for radio, television, interactive and education audiences. The collaborative included six leading public media providers from across the country. QUEST was built on the local cross-editorial model where professionals from multiple disciplines collaborated to distribute content to general and underserved audiences.
ideastream routinely produces for national and international distributions. Programs include: The Cleveland Orchestra in performance for PBS, The Return of the Cuyahoga, Facing Forward, Stokes: An American Dream, Staging Success and Enduring Trust