The University of New Orleans announced a plan to create a new nonprofit multimedia newsroom in a partnership with WWNO. Built on a public radio funding model, the new service will be made possible through the support of the community, including voluntary donations from listeners and website users; corporate sponsors; and foundation funders and major donors. WWNO is an NPR affiliate.
WWNO General Manager Paul Maassen will manage NewOrleansReporter.org to coordinate digital and broadcast content. WWNO and NewOrleansReporter.org will share a common newsroom on UNO?s campus, with reporters producing content for both online and radio formats.
Maasen said, ?This is an exciting opportunity to converge digital, mobile and broadcast together in a multiplatform newsroom for New Orleans. We are grateful for the support the community has shown for this initiative.? University President Peter Fos said, ?This initiative demonstrates the University of New Orleans? commitment to our community. We are an innovative, engaged and solution-oriented institution, and we are thrilled to be incubating this project. Public universities should be beacons of light in their communities, and we feel NewOrleansReporter.org will help illuminate the issues that are important to the people of the greater New Orleans area.?
The new news site is expected to be live by the end of the year.