WPSU works with national effort to preserve funding for public media

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Public Media, in partnership with more than 400 public radio and television stations across the country, is re-launching an online grassroots campaign to sustain federal funding for public media under a new name and website, Protect My Public Media. Formerly 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting, the new campaign website is interactive, allowing users to share their experiences with public media from any computer or mobile device.

“Public service media is an excellent example of a public-private partnership that leverages federal dollars with local dollars while at the same time providing an unparalleled media service,” said Greg Petersen, director of broadcasting for WPSU.

According to the Protect My Public Media website, federal funding for public media amounts to $1.35 per person per year. More than 98 percent of the U.S. population can enjoy free, over-the-air and online news, educational and cultural programming. WPSU reaches more than 500,000 television households in central Pennsylvania, providing national and local programs, educational content and community outreach.

“We extend information and lifelong learning through television, radio and other venues every day, so people have come to depend on this trusted and valued resource. Protect My Public Media allows our station’s local supporters to take action more easily on behalf of our local service and the programs they enjoy most,” Petersen said.

The new Protect My Public Media website features a blog that highlights news and facts about public media stations. The campaign continues to engage supporters on Facebook and Twitter.

Penn State Public Media, WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. Penn State Public Media, WPSU is part of Penn State Outreach and Online Education, which serves more than 5 million people each year, in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated August 14, 2013