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Rural Radio Collaborations
Public radio stations — as non-profit organizations with a public service mission — often seek collaborations or partnerships with other stations, news organizations, business organizations, or community, tribal, and educational institutions to maximize their reach and efficiently use resources. A majority of rural stations collaborate with non-profit news organizations and local schools. Libraries are an important partner for rural public radio, with some stations having partnerships that offer convening opportunities, such as literary events and community discussions.
Local news collaborations are one of the most effective ways to advance public radio coverage across a range of local and regional issues, and several journalism collaboratives support rural stations. Some collaborations are built on relationships.
Other collaborations are designed to build connections across content in the system, support smaller or rural stations with additional reporting or editing resources, leverage local expertise to tell regional or national stories, and take on more ambitious projects that strengthen local journalism.