91.5 KRCC Launches New Journalism Collaborative Focusing On The Mountain West

Oct 12, 2017

91.5 KRCC joins five other public radio stations to launch a regional news consortium, covering issues spanning the Rocky Mountain West, to include Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana.

The Collaboration in the Mountain West, a partnership of six public radio stations across those five states, has received a grant of $475,000 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to launch a long-term news initiative to better serve the people of the region.

The grant provides seed funding for 91.5 KRCC to add a journalist and share news content across the region. A Managing Editor housed at Boise State Public Radio will lead a team of reporters in covering vital regional issues. The other participating stations are Boise State Public Radio (based in Boise, Idaho), KUNC (based in Greeley, Colorado), KUER (based in Salt Lake City, Utah), Wyoming Public Media (based in Laramie, Wyoming), and Yellowstone Public Radio (based in Billings, Montana).

This project focuses on the unique issues in the urban and rural areas of the Rocky Mountain West. The four main areas of editorial focus are:

  • Land & Water: Resource Management
  • Issues of Growth in the Expanding West
  • Issues Facing The Rural West
  • Western Culture & Heritage

The stations will work collaboratively to highlight these issues for a broad audience.

“I’m very excited to be a part of this collaboration and to have 91.5 KRCC partner with other NPR stations in this region. This unique reporting perspective will provide additional thoughtful coverage and exploration of the challenges and celebrations that come with living in the West to our listeners,” said 91.5 KRCC General Manager Tammy Terwelp.

Boise State Public Radio will serve as the lead station on the grant. "Here in the West, we're watching the fast growth of new American cities, but we're also seeing significant changes in the rural outposts," said Boise State Public Radio General Manager Tom Michael. "This partnership will explore this national contrast and share these compelling news stories to a wide audience in the distinctive voice that is public radio today."

"Collaboration is a force multiplier; together stations can do more and innovate faster to provide the local journalism that is part of the bedrock of public media’s valued service to our country," said Kathy Merritt, CPB senior vice president, journalism and radio, in a release announcing this and other collaborate initiatives.

The editorial partnership will share content across their media markets and also work closely with national media distributors, such as NPR, APM, PRI, PRX.