Public News Service

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Public News Service
B Corporation (certification)
IndustryNews media
Founded1996 (1996)
Headquarters
Key people
Lark Corbeil (Founder, Publisher)
Websitepublicnewsservice.org

Public News Service (usually shortened to PNS) was launched in 1996 by journalist Lark Corbeil in Idaho. Today, PNS has 37 state-based news services that provide multi-platform content for free to news outlets as a way to advocate journalism in the public interest.[1][2]

History[edit]

Following the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which allowed for media cross-ownership,[3] Corbeil founded Public News Service as an avenue to examine and reach rural areas.[4]

In May 2017, Dan Heyman, a PNS producer in West Virginia, was arrested at the state capitol for asking former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price a question in an “aggressive manner.” Heyman was jailed and charged for willful disruption of state government processes.[5] In September 2017, the misdemeanor charge against Heyman was dropped after “a careful review” by the Kanawha County prosecutor’s office.[6]

Funding[edit]

Public News Service, a certified B Corporation, is funded by grants, gifts, some media contributions, and memberships from individuals, foundations, non-profit organizations and socially responsibly businesses.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heir America". Alternet. June 24, 2005. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  2. ^ "Q&A: Public News Service founder on 'whirlwind' since reporter's arrest". Columbia Journalism Review. 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  3. ^ The Telecommunications Act of 1996. Title 3, sec. 301. Retrieved from fcc.gov (2011)
  4. ^ "Stories of Solutions". bizwest. 2017-08-19. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  5. ^ "HHS secretary says police 'did what they felt was appropriate' in arresting a West Virginia journalist". Washington Post. May 11, 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  6. ^ "Charge Dropped Against Reporter Who Questioned Tom Price". New York Times. September 6, 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  7. ^ "B Corporation Community". 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  8. ^ "HHS secretary says police 'did what they felt was appropriate' in arresting a West Virginia journalist". Washington Post. May 11, 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-08.