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WBEZ starts mapping how to spend new grant dollars; Michel Ballard hired to head digital

Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ got attention last month when it received a matching-donation pledge of $2-million dollars from the Pritzker Foundation. The intent of the gift is to help the station to double its existing digital staff, update its infrastructure, and produce new shows. A new Chief Digital Officer has just joined the station. Continue Reading

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WBEZ receives $2 million Pritzker grant

Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ radio station received a grant of $2 million to finance its digital expansion. The money from the Pritzker Foundation is the largest donation the station has received, although WBEZ will need to raise a matching amount to receive the grant over three years. The influx of funding will help the station to double its existing digital staff, update its infrastructure, and produce new shows. Continue Reading