NolaVie is delighted to announce expanded partner content at WWNO-FM. For the past year, NolaVie president Sharon Litwin has been producing weekly “Notes from New Orleans” radio interviews that air in partnership with her Thursday “Culture Watch” column at NolaVie.
Now, with WWNO-FM’s expansion of its radio news programs, the station has announced the creation of a community news-gathering collaboration that will increase local news coverage on broadcast and digital platforms. The new operation will distribute content from NolaVie as well as from non-profit online investigate news site The Lens.
The new collaboration is the fruit of more than eight months of discussion among the three partner organizations. The groups will share resources, including stories and editorial input for broadcast on WWNO and for distribution on all three websites, making the new consortium the first of its kind in community-based, nonprofit news partnerships.
The Lens, founded in 2009, is the New Orleans area’s first nonprofit public interest newsroom, dedicated to in-depth reporting projects as well as exclusive daily stories. Award-winning writer Karen Gadbois founded the website and continues to lead the organization along with Steve Beatty and Jed Horne, who direct news coverage. The Lens is a national 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award winner.
NolaVie was launched in February 2011 as the region’s first nonprofit cultural and community website devoted to covering the lifestyles, people and events of the city and region. We offer curated and edited content from an array of award-winning writers, published local authors, musicians, photographers and essayists.
WWNO is the listener-supported NPR radio station serving 1.6 million people in New Orleans and southeast Louisiana.
WWNO, NolaVie and The Lens are joining together to offer credible news coverage, using community-based organizations with expertise and journalistic talent in core areas to bring authority and experience to on-air and digital content.