Kim Clemensen, VP of HR and Operations, Public News Service, discusses the challenges of running a member-supported news service to engage, educate, and advocate for the public interest. Part of the Media and Democracy forum at CU Boulder, April 23rd., 2019.
Public News Service (PNS) is a non-profit news organization that provides independent, public interest news to media outlets and the general public across the United States. It was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. PNS operates as a news wire service, offering content in both audio and written formats.
Key features and characteristics of Public News Service:
- Non-Profit Model: Public News Service operates as a non-profit organization, with a mission to provide news that is unbiased, non-partisan, and focused on public interest issues. It is funded through grants and donations rather than relying on advertising revenue.
- State-Based Reporting: PNS covers news from various states across the United States. It has regional reporters who focus on local issues and events, ensuring that communities receive relevant and timely news coverage.
- Public Interest Journalism: The news stories produced by Public News Service often revolve around topics that are important for the public, such as social justice, the environment, health care, education, and economic issues.
- Collaboration with Media Outlets: PNS partners with radio stations, newspapers, and digital media platforms across the country. Its content is available for free use by these media outlets, enabling them to supplement their coverage with quality news stories.
- Audio Content: One of the distinguishing features of Public News Service is its audio news reports. These radio-style reports are made available to partner stations for broadcasting and can cover a wide range of topics.
- Focus on Undercovered Stories: Public News Service aims to cover stories that might not receive sufficient attention from larger media outlets, giving a voice to issues and communities that might otherwise go unnoticed.
- In-Depth Reporting: While PNS provides concise news summaries, it also offers in-depth reporting on specific topics through features and special reports, allowing for more comprehensive coverage of important issues.
Public News Service plays an essential role in providing news coverage to audiences, especially in areas with limited access to journalism resources. Its commitment to public interest reporting and focus on undercovered stories contribute to the broader landscape of media diversity and accessibility in the United States.