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WGVU partners with America Amplified building civic literacy ahead of November’s election

America Amplified

America Amplified Election 2024 initiative is aimed at helping public media stations ensure that their audiences and communities receive the information they need to confidently participate in local, state and federal elections.

America Amplified is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Launched in 2019, it focuses on traditionally underserved communities supporting reporters and community engagement journalism.

Alisa Barba is America Amplified managing editor. She explains combating disinformation and misinformation, the initiative inspires audiences and community to ask questions through an Election Information Portal using generative AI providing verifiable responses. It takes election reporting to a new level.

“Instead of covering it like a horse race, we're encouraging public media stations to take much more of what is called a citizens agenda approach. Understand what issues are driving your audience? What do they care most about?”

More than 50 Public television and radio stations are participating nationwide.

“This initiative is aimed at the 2024 election, but it's really, it's a much bigger piece of helping your station become better connected with the audience that you serve, understanding the better, building trust, building a relationship that hopefully will last long beyond November.”

If you have an election question – or questions – you’d like answered, we invite you to engage with us and America Amplified. Simply go to the WGVUNEWS.org main page https://www.wgvunews.org/ or WGVU.org politics page https://www.wgvu.org/politics/. Follow the prompts and submit your question. You’ll receive an answer – and – if it’s one impacting communities our journalists will investigate.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.