The Chicago Reporter will join forces with WMAQ, a NBC affiliate, to create hard-hitting investigative stories on social and economic issues. The Reporter will begin working immediately with the local NBC 5 Investigative Unit to produce exclusive investigations and data analysis. The partnership is part of a larger announcement for the NBC Owned Television Stations.
The Reporter is one of four non-profit news outlets that were selected for the partnership. The partners include Propublica (New York) and public radio stations WHYY (Philadelphia) and KPCC (Los Angeles).
NBC Owned Television Stations have entered into agreements to create new and innovative cooperative news gathering and reporting arrangements with locally-focused, non-profit news organizations in four of the markets it serves. These partnerships with ProPublica in New York, The Chicago Reporter, WHYY in Philadelphia and KPCC in Los Angeles are the result of NBC’s longstanding commitment to localism, which was affirmed through a voluntary commitment made by Comcast and NBCUniversal during the regulatory review of their transaction by the Federal Communications Commission. These four agreements, plus an existing one in San Diego, mean that the NBC Owned Stations division is engaged in similar partnerships in 50 percent of its markets.
The model for the new arrangements is based on the successful partnership between the NBC-owned station in San Diego and voiceofsandiego.org, a non-profit news organization that has been providing news and information to the local San Diego community for the last six years.
Earlier this year, NBC issued a multi-city call for potential partners, searching for non-profit organizations with robust news gathering capabilities, a track record of accuracy, fairness and independence in their journalistic efforts and an ability to provide diverse viewpoints and programming. After a thorough and rigorous evaluation process of more than 30 applicants, which included in-person interviews with the finalists, the four organizations were selected.
The partnerships will feature a variety of elements, including developing stories, conducting research and investigations, sharing footage and other content across multiple platforms, providing promotional assistance and cross-linking websites.
Watch the NBC Direct video featuring interviews with The Chicago Reporter's Kimbriell Kelly and the other partners news outlets: