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Growing regional news coverage in the U.S. South is the goal of a new survey launched by two of America’s leading community based media advocates.

The National Federation of Community Broadcasters and Project South have partnered to assess the news-gathering capacities and needs of community radio stations, particularly in the Southeastern U.S.

With a new survey created by Project South and distributed by the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, community radio stations and producers get to share the conditions in which they tell their area’s stories. The information collected will be included in a report Project South produces as part of a year-long effort to develop and launch an independent media organization.

The survey is available now at

Project South’s goal is to create a media platform that reflects rigorous investigative journalism, analysis of root causes to contemporary problems and amplified visibility of the power of people in action to transform our world. The National Federation of Community Broadcasters is committed to growing community radio stations in the U.S. South and beyond, and helping organizations build news gathering capacity and impactful journalism.

“People of color, youth and rural communities continue to face persistent and systematic marginalization in our society,” said NFCB Chief Executive Officer Sally Kane. “This joint effort represents a chance for Project South media organizers to better understand this dynamic and help community radio enhance their efforts to create meaningful journalism and storytelling for their listeners.”

“The U.S. South faces unique challenges as a region, and people who are directly impacted have a critical role in changing these conditions,” said Project South Movement Communications Fellow Anna Simonton. “We know that reporting and storytelling are integral to the democratic process. Partnering with NFCB is a big step toward our ultimate goal of supporting frontline communities in producing robust journalism that can lead to positive change.”

The National Federation of Community Broadcasters provides services that advance public media organizations to best serve their communities. NFCB believes that the nation must be informed and entertained by robust, local media that provide significant public service. It receives grant support as well as funding from its member radio stations. Learn more at

Project South is a Southern-based leadership development organization that creates spaces for movement building. Organizers work with communities pushed forward by the struggle– to strengthen leadership and to provide popular political and economic education for personal and social transformation. Learn more at

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