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VPR & Vermont PBS accepting applications for new Community Forum

Natalie Cosgrove
VPR & Vermont PBS

The advisory body will help shape the future of public media in Vermont.

Colchester and Winooski, Vt.—VPR and Vermont PBS are accepting applications for its Community Forum, a volunteer group that will help Vermont’s new, unified public media organization assess its service and ensure it is representative of the whole community.

“Our new organization is founded on a commitment to represent and celebrate our entire community,” said Scott Finn, VPR & Vermont PBS president & CEO. “To accomplish this, we must broaden and diversify our audience, and engage community members we have failed to reach—while continuing to serve our existing supporters. The Community Forum is an essential link in this process and key to our future success.”

The advisory group will comprise 20-40 members, reflecting the demographic, geographic, cultural, economic and social diversity of the region.

Forum members serve for a three-year term and meetings are held twice a year. Forum members will learn about public media, meet staff members, and have regular communication with the station about programming and service. They’ll have the opportunity to discuss the goals of public media with other members of the Forum. Members also serve as ambassadors for strong public media service within their communities.

“Public Media belongs to everyone, and it should look and sound like our whole community,” said Emerald Drake, Community Forum Steering Committee member. “The Community Forum is open to people of all walks of life—whether you tune in all the time or hardly at all.”

Community members interested in serving on the VPR & Vermont PBS Community Forum can apply at VPR.org/forum or call 800-639-2192 for a paper application.