Network Mapping: Crucial to Your Engagement Work

Author Beth Kanter (The Networked Nonprofit) gives some great advice about network mapping in this recent blog post. The exercise of mapping your network (detailed by Kanter in her post) can strengthen your work across several parts of the community engagement framework – particularly when it comes to understanding your assets and value as an organization, building relationships across your community, and collaborating with others.

“My Source” Highlight: WHUT

A first grade teacher at Washington D.C.’s Ross Elementary School explains how WHUT and educational resources from Super Why! help inspire learning in her classroom:

“WHUT is my source for bridging the gap between home and school.”

View other testimonials and submit your own at

Engagement Around WETA’s “Forgiveness”

WETA presents Forgiveness: A Time to Love, A Time to Hate, a three-hour documentary by acclaimed writer, producer and director Helen Whitney airing April on PBS.

The program offers rich community engagement opportunities for stations and civic groups, including the Fetzer Institute’s Campaign for Love & Forgiveness. Join NCME and WETA Wednesday, February 2 at 1 p.m. ET for a webinar to learn more. We’ll outline resources available to stations, report on successful campaign ideas and suggest ways of starting the conversation in your own community. Panelists include Roselle Kovitz from Fetzer Institute, Beverly Dorn-Steele from WTVI, and Faith Wachter from Maryland Public Television.

Register to participate.

Dear Chicago: WBEZ Convenes Over the Air, Online

It’s so simple, it’s brilliant: during a historical mayoral election, WBEZ “flips the script” (their words) by asking Chicagoans to write letters to their city, on the precipice of new leadership. It’s just one of many initiatives to come out of Chicago Public Media/WBEZ’s Partnership Program, spearheaded by director Breeze Richardson.

Richardson understands the value of curating conversation and content. Having spent years building relationships with Chicago organizations and institutions, large and small, she tapped them again to nominate Chicagoans to write a letter to the city. The result? More diverse voices and more participation from communities about the future of the city.

NEA to Support Creative Community Engagement

Are you considering collaborating with others to serve the needs of your community through the arts? The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant program offers grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 to organizations partnering for the purpose of Creative Placemaking to strengthen and engage their community. Supported projects will be those in which:

“…communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, are looking to increase their livability, and specifically are seeking to:

  • Improve their quality of life.
  • Encourage creative activity.
  • Create community identity and a sense of place.
  • Revitalize local economies.”

The NEA is hosting a series of webinars regarding this and other upcoming grant opportunities over the next several weeks.

Resources from SAFER Webinar

SAFER (Station Action for Emergency Readiness) is a CPB-funded project of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) and National Public Radio (NPR) that helps public radio and television stations position themselves as ready and reliable sources of information in emergencies.

On Wednesday, January 19 we were joined by Ginny Berson (NFCB) and Gemma Hooley (NPR), who shared information about the SAFER project and explained how it can help stations during a special one-hour webinar. We also heard from Trisha Richter (KPBS) and Jay Woods (MPB), who shared how their stations have approached emergency preparedness through community engagement.

Missed the webinar? Access the archived webinar, PowerPoint slides, and other resources here.


Meta-Leadership for Public Media

Are you prepared, connected and empowered to lead effectively during a public health or safety crisis?

Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness, presented by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDC Foundation, the Harvard School of Public Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is empowering thousands of business, nonprofit and government leaders in communities nationwide to act together in times of crisis.

Learn more about the project and discover how public media can get involved during a webinar we’re hosting next Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.