Over the past week, there has been a loud expression of outrage and disappointment about the proposed sale of KPLU to KUOW. Loyal KPLU listeners and supporters are not only upset about the sale but also about losing the award-winning KPLU news staff. Once again, the headline is that local journalism is taking yet another big hit.
In fact, local journalism and content are getting a much needed boost. KCTS 9 announced today that it is merging with Crosscut.com, the award-winning, daily news website. Crosscut was founded eight years ago to provide in-depth coverage of Northwest issues. It has done just that, and done it well, with first rate reporting on politics, public policy, social issues, Northwest history, arts and culture. The merger brings great value to this region as it helps to preserve Crosscut while, at the same time, setting the stage for the expansion of independent regional journalism.
Along with the Crosscut merger, KCTS 9 is acquiring What’s Good 206, an emerging website that presents a millennial perspective on issues in the Northwest. It is an opportunity to bring a younger voice to coverage of local issues and for development of the next generation of storytellers.
So, why is this good for the supporters of KCTS 9, Crosscut, and What’s Good 206? It means that local journalism and creation of local content will grow. There will be more local storytelling on-air, online and in the community.
Today, the commitment to public media, quality journalism and local content is alive and well. It is a good day.
For more information on this merger, click here.
The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.
Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.More stories by Enrique Cerna