- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Corporation for Public Broadcasting will fund a new journalism center in Philadelphia to allow public stations to work together on important projects.

The nonprofit corporation has awarded a $1.5 million grant for the local journalism center, to be called Keystone Crossroads and housed at WHYY. The center will be a collaboration of public media stations across the state, including public broadcast stations in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.

“By combining smart storytelling with energetic civic engagement, Keystone Crossroads will help Pennsylvanians see the challenges of their cities more clearly, understand how they are related, and create a forum for potential solutions at both the local and state levels,” the agency said in a news release.

The center will focus on challenges facing the cities, including budget deficits and crumbling infrastructures. The effort will ensure that important issues are covered in depth, said Pat Harrison, president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Keystone Crossroads will be led by WHYY, with help from partner stations WQED and WESA-FM in Pittsburgh, WPSU in central Pennsylvania and WITF in Harrisburg.

The agency has funded six other local journalism centers across the country.

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