Topic: Local News
Posted on 7/19/2017
TEGNA’s CBS affiliate WMAZ-TV Macon, Ga., created a local reporting partnership with Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Knight Foundation awarded Mercer University a $2 million grant to expand local television news reporting, enhance their innovative journalism education model and increase community engagement initiatives. The Center for Collaborative Journalism will add a full-time reporter who will work with WMAZ and students to produce local stories that will appear on-air and online. “Like the Center and Knight Foundation, we believe that quality, trusted, fact-based journalism can make a difference and serve the greater good,” said WMAZ President and General Manager Jeff Dudley. “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 communities.”
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