Ideastream: The New Public Media

When it comes to convergence, one of the most advanced experiments in U.S. public broadcasting has been succeeding in Cleveland, Ohio. There radio station WCPN joined forces with television station WVIZ to create a new media company, Ideastream.

Accounts of Ideastream’s progress vary. In the early going, news personnel complained of unsustainable workloads while trying to serve all platforms. Online, the station presents separate websites that are quite traditional in their showcasing of radio and television services. However, the state-of-art facility bespeaks their bold institutional commitment to the community. And as a recent report puts it, “together, the two stations are doing much more than they could ever have done separately.”

Read a thorough account by the Carnegie Reporter that calls Ideastream a “model for the future of American public media.”