WXXI on Newshour

For years, NPR has been soliciting ideas and stories from its member stations, and WXXI has responded.  Today, Bud Lowell will be filing a story about layoffs at Corning; a couple of weeks ago, he submitted a piece about the Rochester City School District and its efforts to keep kids from missing class on cold days - by picking them up at their doorsteps.  My most recent submission was about Sentry Safe.

PBS, on the other hand, rarely uses local reports in national programming.  To begin with, it is not as easy to transfer video quickly - and it can be expensive.  But, under the direction of PBS President Paula Kerger, there is a growing effort to develop the news staffs at member stations.

And WXXI is on the ground floor of this effort.

This week, I'll be part of a first-of-its-kind panel on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer.  Three or four journalists from around the country have been selected to discuss how the recession is impacting their states; a view from the ground floor.  We'll also talk about how each state is dealing with its budget deficit, as most states are now in the red.

I'm not sure what night we'll be on.  Newshour holds a meeting every morning, and producers pitch stories to editors who determine the final mix for the program.  I'll get a call at about 11:30 a.m. the day of the program - and we go live that evening.

I'll keep you posted - in the meantime, I'm looking for any additional stories about how individuals (like you or someone you know) are being impacted by the recession.  Thanks for any help you can offer!