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Lakeshore Public Media Partners with NPR for Military Demonstration Project

MERRILLVILLE— Lakeshore Public Media is one of eight NPR and public radio stations across the United States to partner with NPR on a joint NPR/Member Station “Military Demonstration” reporting project.

“Two dozen stations submitted ideas and we narrowed the list down to eight. Over the coming months, these stations will work closely with NPR’s National Security team. Our ultimate goal is to find new ways that NPR and stations can collaborate together on short- and long-term assignments,” commented Russell Lewis, Southern Bureau Chief of NPR.

The Military Demonstration reporting project is a way to create new approaches that will help strengthen connections between NPR, stations, and new audiences. This is the first phase of the project that will focus on communications with local stations and national organizations to create better packages for programming and longer segments.

“We are so proud to be part of this innovative approach to collaborations in public media. This is the perfect opportunity to give voice to the veterans and military issues in Northwest Indiana,” said James A. Muhammad, President and CEO of Lakeshore Public Media.

This experimental project has been in progress since March and will take six months to complete. After the six-month period, NPR and the participating stations will discuss how the Military Demonstration project went and work on creating a plan for a national communication plan.  NPR wants stations to produce local content in the project and then share this content with other stations that want to use it. The goal is to create a continuous learning environment and establish a robust database that is a multimedia platform which will contain information from every region and create a diverse American Story.

“Though a relatively small portion of the US population serves in the military, defense and veterans’ issues have an enormous impact on each region of the country,” Lakeshore Public Media News Reporter and Radio Host, Steve Walsh said. “I’m excited that public radio is taking this coast-to-coast approach to telling this story. The project will combine NPR’s national expertise with a handful of stations around the country with large instillations and vet centers, as well as a small station like ours, from an area which struggles, at times, to access services, despite having a large number of veterans,” Continued Walsh.