TV stations have the power to be positive change agents in their communities. Bringing together community leaders to openly discuss issues that divide and unite neighborhoods in a town hall setting can be the first step. Two Hearst affiliates, one in Baltimore and the other in Pittsburgh, are broadcasting town hall meetings that address critical issues facing their communities.
WBAL, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Baltimore, will broadcast a one-hour primetime special focusing on many of the issues facing Baltimore tomorrow night at 8.
Project CommUNITY-CommUNITY Conversations, taped before an audience on the campus of Loyola University Maryland, will also highlight the best that Baltimore has to offer through WBAL’s CommUNITY Champions reports.
“We had some tough conversations,” said Dan Joerres, WBAL’s general manager, “but we also had the right local leaders on the panel to discuss these critical issues and suggest solutions to overcome the challenges our communities face.”
WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s Center for Loving Kindness, hosts a town hall discussion featuring a 10-person panel and studio audience discussing the important issues of grief, healing, resilience and community.
A Project CommUNITY Town Hall, Parkland to Pittsburgh: Stronger Together, includes a survivor of the Tree of Life Synagogue mass shooting and survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The remaining panelists include community and religious leaders from Pittsburgh.
“This town hall reflects WTAE Channel 4’s ongoing commitment to provide platforms that foster dialogue in the community,” said Charles W. Wolfertz III, WTAE’s general manager.
“Our partnership with the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness is the first step in our on-going effort to explore division within our neighborhoods.”
WTAE has committed to produce weekly news stories and special programming, focusing on community issues.
“The goal of Project CommUNITY is simple: work to better our local communities. It’s only when we understand what divides us, that we can draw closer to the common ground that connects us,” says Wolfertz.
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