Yourpublicmedia.org is a curated news and arts portal built by the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) that is dedicated to promoting high quality, local/regional content that is created by non-profit organizations from around Connecticut including: Connecticut Public Broadcasting (CPTV/WNPR) and a number of community partners including the Connecticut Historical Society, the CT Mirror (an independent, Knight-funded news organization), the New Haven Independent (a hyper-local news site), and Fairfield University. We are continuously working to secure additional content partners.
The idea that this site would consist of a curated experience was a very important one to us during the concept and design phase - the two national entities that we (CPBN) are associated with are PBS and NPR; two brands that have a long history and reputation for providing such content curation. We didn't want to simply turn this into a river-of-news-type site, and we recognized that neither our internal staff's capacity, nor the capacity of the non-profit groups we would be working with, would be able to add any meaningful value on this front with the for-profit local news agencies already working hard in this area, and auto-aggregated services like news.google.com providing incredibly useful resources to people looking for up-to-the-minute (breaking news) information.
Instead, we chose to leverage the longer-form coverage and focus on more in depth analysis that we consider a core competency, rather than the sort of coverage typically achieved within the breaking-news context.