Friends & Neighbors is Semifinalist for Current's ``Local That Works`` Grant

Lakeshore Public Media recently submitted work on Friends & Neighbors for a Local that Works grant submission through Current.org.  Current is the nonprofit news service for and about public media in the U.S. that reaches public broadcasting professionals, including radio and TV station employees, independent producers, and national policymakers. This is part of a national search to find programs and innovative locally produced content that engages community members and can be replicated by small and mid-sized media organizations across the public media landscape.

Although Lakeshore was not chosen as a finalist in this year’s Local That Works contest, Julie Drizin, the Executive Director of Current, emailed us to make sure we knew that Friends & Neighbors was one of 22 semifinalists from a field of 133 entries. That means we were in the top 12% of all entries in a very competitive year.  Ms. Drizin acknowledged our ambitious (and “charming”) work as an example of excellence in local service that is truly a model for all public media. She also shared what one of their judges commented:

This is an innovative way to celebrate the diversity of an area. Sometimes public television stations produce so little local programming; this is the way to engage with the community…