KCPT to Establish Digital News Center


An anonymous donor doled out $4 million for the new KCPT Center for Journalism. What does this mean for area journalists and the public at large? Hint: It’s good news.

A state-of-the-art digital news center at Kansas City Public Television (KCPT) is expected to boost local coverage and bring more journalism jobs the area, thanks to a hefty donation from an anonymous benefactor.


KCPT Kansas CityAccording to an article from, the gift is of Archer Daniels Midland stock valued at approximately $4 million, $1 million of which will go to the Public Broadcast Service Foundation to support PBS NewsHour. PBS President Paula Kerger announced the donation at the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference in Atlanta on July 10.

In addition to public television programming, the KCPT Center for Journalism will publish more content through digital and social media platforms, enabling reporters to provide daily coverage on pressing issues and encourage reader interaction.

“There are stories and information that should be shared with our region daily, and the constraints placed on commercial journalism will not allow for the stories most affecting our region to be shared on the nightly news,” according to KCPT.

“Our region is stronger when our citizens are informed and share an understanding of the basic facts necessary to participate in the civic, cultural and economic life of their community — KCPT is ideally suited to provide this information.”

Read the original article at Current.Org.