Code of Transparency
Program and Story Selection
How we select programs for our schedule:
We select programs for broadcast that are consistent with our mission.
How we select stories for our news and public affairs programs:
The basic questions we ask:
- Why is this story important and why now?
- What do we want to learn from this story?
- Is this story relevant to our audience? Will it be of high interest?
- How will our audience benefit by our telling this story?
- If this is a subject we have reported on frequently, what new developments make it worthy of additional coverage.
- Is there something new or unique that our journalism can add to this story?
- Immediacy: the story’s timeliness
- Proximity: the story’s impact on our locale
- Novelty: the story’s fresh or novel aspects
- Impact: the story’s impact and emotional resonance
- Conflict: the story deals with an important controversy where conflicting views exist.
Pragmatic considerations that influence coverage decisions
- Can we interview the people we need to?
- Do we have a reporter available to cover the story?
- Are there union or overtime issues that will affect the cost of covering this story?
- Is the cost of covering this story such that it will affect what else we are able to cover?
How grant funding can influence the stories we cover
- The grant must be for a coverage area that we have decided is of importance to our viewers.
- We would not accept a grant that would obligate us to cover a topic beyond what we think it deserves.
- The funder does not decide or control how we select or report our stories.
- The funder is featured only if in our reporting if there is a legitimate news reason to do so.
Three mechanisms to enhance public participation in our editorial process.
- Twice a year we will webcast our story meetings.
- Several times a year we will invite members of the community to the station to discuss specific topic areas that we plan to explore in our news coverage.
- Our station participates in the Public Insight Network (PIN).