KALW Public Media receives $5,000 donation from Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Craig Newmark – Founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Ben Trefny - Acting Executive Director KALW

Ben Trefny – Acting Executive Director KALW

Today, KALW Public Media – 91.7 FM San Francisco Bay Area and KALW.org – announced a $5,000 grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

We have created an approach to training that simply does not exist anywhere else: a tuition-free professional journalism program embedded in a local public radio station”

— Ben Trefny, Acting Executive Director of KALW

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, May 19, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ – Today KALW Public Media – 91.7 FM San Francisco Bay Area and KALW.org – announced a grant of $ 5000 Craig Newmark Philanthropies. This gift will KALW to continue to finance its decades-training programs, including KALW Academy Audio changing the voice of the public media by providing diverse and talented students the skills to produce an audio public service journalism of high quality. KALW The training program has focused in recent years on providing a trustworthy journalism that cuts through the misinformation – one of the areas of intervention of Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

KALW Acting Executive Director Ben Trefny said: “We have created an approach to training that simply does not exist anywhere else: a tuition-free professional journalism program embedded in a local public radio station. with a strong commitment to local journalism and diverse representation.

The Audio Academy is a nine-month training program that teaches adults who want to develop a career in the media, and KALW additionally offers a four-month summer training program for aspiring journalists. The alumni now work and influence radio stations, newsrooms and podcasts across America, including at NBC, NPR, The Washington Post, Snap Judgment, Reply All and other outlets and programs.

KALW has also worked with hundreds of teens throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, providing training in media awareness, criticism, and production. “It’s amazing that KALW travels to high schools throughout the year to work with students on media literacy, writing and using their own voice,” said Chosang Tenzin, graduate from KALW’s Summer High School Podcasting Institute. “My experience with KALW has allowed me to look at the world from a new perspective and to recognize the potential of stories everywhere.”

Additionally, KALW has worked for nearly a decade in Northern California prisons, training inmates in the art and craft of journalism, storytelling, and audio engineering to provide skills professional and interpersonal skills that will be useful to them when they return to civilian life. Governor Gavin Newsom cited work on KALW’s Uncuffed podcast to commute the sentence of a recently returned citizen.

About Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Craig Newmark Philanthropies was created by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement. The organization strives to advance grassroots people and organizations that make a difference in areas such as trustworthy journalism, voter protection, gender diversity in technology, veterans and military families. For more information, please visit CraigNewmarkPhilanthropies.org.

About KALW Public Media

KALW Public Media (91.7 FM San Francisco Bay Area and KALW.org) has an 80-year history and a promising future built on decades of contributions from dedicated volunteers, listeners, leaders, donors, programmers and of producers.

We began broadcasting on September 1, 1941, thirty years before NPR was founded. Our broadcast license was obtained and continues to be held by the San Francisco Unified School District.

KALW created the first FM broadcasting training program in the country and trained women in broadcasting during World War II. KALW continues this tradition with the Audio Academy, a free nine-month journalism training program, as well as its Summer Podcast Institute for teens and its Uncuffed radio training program at San Quentin and Solano State Prisons. .

KALW has a proven track record of programming innovation, being the first station in the Bay Area to air Fresh Air, This American Life, Snap Judgment and The Daily. It was also the first station to broadcast the BBC in the Bay Area and was for decades the BBC’s recording station in San Francisco. KALW is the home of 99 Percent Invisible, Radio Ambulante, The Stoop and The Spiritual Edge podcasts, and the work of its producers and trainers has led to the production of influential media projects around the world.

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Jon Carroll
KALW Public Media 91.7 FM San Francisco Bay Area
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