Indianapolis – Lakeshore PBS was recognized by the Indiana Broadcasters Association with its second annual Cardinal Community Service Award for its efforts to create community conversations throughout Lake County.
Lakeshore PBS partnered with the Legacy Foundation to produce a televised program and supporting online elements for On the Table, an engagement effort that brought together groups of community members to have a meal and conversation. The initiative was an opportunity to have a dialogue about important community issues with the intention of sparking new connections and ideas for change.
Legacy Foundation was one of 10 community foundations across the U.S. to participate in this event, with funding support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. On the Table is one part of Knight Foundation’s efforts to help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of civic engagement.
Lakeshore PBS, located in Merrillville, Indiana, produced a series of short videos promoting the initiative, and broadcast an hour-long example conversation with moderator Garrard McClendon and four guests.
“The Indiana Broadcasters Association is very pleased to recognize Lakeshore PBS’s community outreach efforts in the community with a Cardinal Award. Lakeshore Public Media continues to be an important voice for northwest Indiana,” said IBA Executive Director Dave Arland. “Their collaborative work with the Legacy Foundation has brought people together and made the region stronger. We look forward to recognizing Lakeshore Public Media’s efforts and honoring their work.”
James A. Muhammad, President and CEO of Lakeshore Public Media, welcomed the opportunity to participate in these community conversation. “The purpose of the On the Table effort was to get people to come together and have real conversations about the issues that they see in their community.” Muhammad reflected that this community-focused effort is aligned to Lakeshore’s mission to “provide a platform for analyzing and understanding issues relevant to the region while recognizing the diversity of our audience.”
The county-wide event took place on September 26, 2017, bringing together over 1,500 local residents at 133 sites across Lake County on one day. Over 1,300 adults took the survey and shared feedback from their discussions, the highest response rate across the nation. The data from the On the Table effort is available on Legacy’s website: http://www.legacyfdn.org/onthetable/.
“It was inspiring to see engaged citizens in discussion motivated by change and bettering their community. Each of the participants had a unique perspective but their conversation quickly turned into a respectful exchange of concerns and ideas,” said Tony Santucci, Production Manager for Lakeshore PBS and the program’s producer. “Civil discourse is alive and well, and it felt good to shine a light on their example.”
Lakeshore PBS won the Cardinal Award the previous year when it partnered with the City of Gary and the Urban League of Northwest Indiana to host a series of town hall events titled Race, Justice, Community and Policing, a free public forum that explored the role of race in policing efforts across Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.
The IBA Cardinal Community Service Award winners were announced last month and ceremonies for the district winners will be held throughout August in each of the nine Indiana Congressional Districts. The District 1 ceremony will be held on Monday, August 22 at the Studebaker Museum in South Bend.
Lakeshore Public Media provides quality local and original programming that educates, enlightens, and informs. Lakeshore Public Media chooses the best of NPR and PBS and other public media providers, broadcasting to millions of homes throughout Northwest Indiana, Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Lakeshore Public Radio can be heard on 89.1fm. Lakeshore PBS broadcasts its main channel over the air on 56, on Comcast on 17 or 21 (HD Channel 239), on RCN Cable on 44, on Dish Network (HD Channel 6320), AT&T U-verse (HD Channel 1056) and DirecTV on 56.