KCUR, KCPT form partnership

Kansas City’s two public media entities are joining forces. KCUR and KCPT announced their partnership last week.

The two organizations will collaborate on agriculture stories, as part of KCUR’s Harvest Public Media project. Also in the fold is the Kansas Health Institute, which will contribute health reporting.

KCUR General Manager Nico Leone and KCPT CEO Kliff Kuehl said working together will enhance the public service mission of both outlets.

“Both organizations have similar missions focused on public service and both have similar audiences of people who are active and engaged in the community,” Kuehl said in a statement. “KCPT and KCUR have unique assets that are additive, rather than competitive, and therefore work together exceedingly well.”

Leone said in many communities, the not-for-profit sector is moving in to fill coverage gaps.

“For generations, American journalism has been dominated by the for-profit sector, but dramatic changes in the economics of that industry has led to coverage gaps – gaps that are of increasing concern to the public,” Leone said.

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