CLOVIS — Valley Public Radio will participate in a new pilot program announced on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 by Microsoft that will help support local journalism in the Fresno area.
The station joins with Radio Bilingüe, The Fresno Bee, and Vida en el Valle in the project, which will support organizations in Fresno, as well as in El Paso/Juárez; Jackson, Mississippi; and Yakima, Washington. The local project also involves Fresno State's Institute for Media and Public Trust, and is organized in partnership with the Central Valley Community Foundation.
Through direct funding, as well as in-kind technology and other support, the partners in this new journalism collaborative will work together to serve the community through enhanced local reporting across platforms. The Central Valley Community Foundation will help direct and administer the project's local funding. The project will also provide news organizations advanced technology to support data journalism, to combat "deepfakes" and other disinformation, as well as cyber-threats.