MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 25, 2017--
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) and WMAZ, TEGNA’s CBS affiliate in Macon, GA,
announced today a local reporting partnership with Mercer University’s
Center for Collaborative Journalism and the John S. and James L. Knight
Knight Foundation awarded Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative
Journalism a $2 million grant to expand local television news reporting,
enhance their innovative journalism education model and increase
community engagement initiatives. The grant money will enable the Center
for Collaborative Journalism to add a full-time reporter who will work
with WMAZ and students to produce relevant and impactful local stories
that will appear on-air and on 13WMAZ.com.
Content will also be produced for Mercer’s own TV station, WMUB.
“We look forward to partnering with the Center for Collaborative
Journalism to produce local stories that inform and engage,” said Jeff
Dudley, president and general manager, WMAZ. “Like the Center and Knight
Foundation, we believe that quality, trusted, fact-based journalism can
make a difference and serve the greater good. It is our hope that
through this partnership, students feel better prepared to start their
journalism careers while understanding the important role we play in our
The Mercer Center for Collaborative Journalism brings students, faculty
and veteran journalists together in a joint newsroom. Since 2012, the
program’s journalism students have published more than 600 stories for
local news organizations and produced content for National Public Radio,
The Associated Press, ESPN and other regional and national media
outlets. The center has also completed several major, award-winning
community engagement projects.
Support for Mercer’s Center for Collaborative Journalism is part of
Knight Foundation’s efforts to advance excellence in journalism and
journalism education, and to help news organizations inform people in
communities of all sizes through experimentation, innovation and
leadership. Knight has made many investments in this area, including the
Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, which aims to help advance digital
transformation at local news organizations across the country.
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the
greater good of our communities. With 46 stations in 38 markets, TEGNA
delivers relevant content and information to consumers across platforms.
It is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets,
reaching approximately one-third of all television households
nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults on-air and 32
million across its digital platforms. TEGNA has been consistently
honored with the industry’s top awards, including Edward R. Murrow,
George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy Awards. TEGNA delivers results
for advertisers through unparalleled and innovative solutions including
OTT local advertising network Premion,
centralized marketing resource Hatch, and G/O
Digital, a one-stop shop for local businesses to connect with
consumers through digital marketing. Across platforms, TEGNA tells
empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers
innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.
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