WBUR and WGBH Invite Viewers and Listeners to Participate in Project Dropout, a Live Multi-Media Special

in News Releases, WBUR
March 31st, 2009

Contact: Colin Riley, 617-353-2240 | criley@bu.edu

(Boston) — On Tuesday, April 7 at 7pm, WBUR 90.9 FM and WGBH join forces to present Project Dropout, a one-hour live special that investigates the Massachusetts high school dropout crisis. The special, which also streams live on www.projectdropout.org engages policy makers, educators and students in front of a studio audience and in a live chat room.

Greater Boston’s Emily Rooney, WBUR Radio Boston’s David Boeri and One-on-One’s Maria Hinojosa lead the discourse with key individuals, including Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville, Executive Director of the Private Industry Council Neil Sullivan and University of Massachusetts at Boston Professor Miren Uriate.

The special is the culmination of a collaborative journalistic examination of the dropout crisis. Television and radio segments produced by the public broadcasters, as well as video diaries from nine local at-risk students, are available on the Project Dropout website (www.projectdropout.org) Three of the nine students are participating in the special and are providing first-hand feedback throughout the hour. Edwin (Social Justice Academy in Hyde Park), Emily (Quabbin Regional High School in Barre) and Maggie (High School Learning Center in Lawrence) have been telling their compelling, personal stories since early in the school year. Their diaries will continue after the special to track their progress.

Project Dropout airs on WGBH 2, simulcasts on WBUR FM 90.9, WGBY World, and WFCR 88.5 FM, and streams with a live chat on www.projectdropout.org beginning at 6pm. Viewers are invited to engage in the chat, comment and respond to poll questions throughout the show. Additionally, the special will be available On Demand through the end of June.

Funding for Project Dropout is generously provided by The Boston Foundation.

About WBUR
One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, WBUR, 90.9 FM, is owned and operated by Boston University and is a member of National Public Radio. WBUR also broadcasts a selection of BBC programs and locally produced programs such as “Here & Now,” “Only a Game,” “On Point,” and “Car Talk.” WBUR has won more than 100 major awards for its news coverage, including several George Foster Peabody Awards, the Associated Press News Station of the Year for 2003-05, and three prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards in the 2007 Radio-Television News Director Association’s (RTNDA) annual national electronic journalism competition.

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster, producing such celebrated national PBS series as Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George and more than a dozen other award-winning primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. Boston’s last remaining independent TV station, WGBH produces local TV productions (among them, Greater Boston, Basic Black and María Hinojosa: One-on-One) that focus on the region’s diverse community, while WGBH 89.7 FM is Boston’s NPR Arts & Culture station, offering a rich menu of classical, jazz, blues, news programming and more. WGBH is the leading producer of online content for pbs.org—one of the most-visited dot-org sites on the Internet—a major producer for public radio and a pioneer in developing educational multimedia and new technologies that make media accessible for people with disabilities. For its efforts, WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors, including Oscars, Emmys, Peabodys and duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards. Visit WGBH on the Web at www.wgbh.org.

Comments are closed.