With winter upon us, I'm delighted to introduce NewsWorks.org, an expanded news and information Web service featuring multimedia storytelling, participatory content and a network of content partners. Along with a wide range of other offerings, NewsWorks.org features exciting blogs penned by established local voices in journalism such as Dave Davies, Dick Polman, Chris Satullo and Jo Ann Allen.
A feature that sets NewsWorks.org apart from other news sites is the way it engages the community and encourages civic dialogue, particularly on the "Sixth Square" page. I welcome you to register to maximize the opportunities NewsWorks.org offers.
The recently opened Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons, WHYY's state-of-the-art facility, has welcomed dozens of Delaware Valley residents who've learned how to utilize cutting-edge digital technology to create multimedia productions such as short videos and photo slideshows with music. A range of specially designed courses are available for beginners and advanced users of all ages, and educators receive Act 48 credit. WHYY members receive discounted rates.
High school students who participate in the WHYY Afterschool program this spring will learn media literacy and video production while getting involved in their communities. And this summer, Hamilton Commons' third annual Young Journalists Summer Camp will offer high school students the opportunity to learn how to produce news stories during a pair of two-week sessions.
This fall, WHYY-TV launched its new season of original programming with Friday Arts, a 30-minute monthly arts, culture and entertainment magazine that explores Greater Philadelphia's best-kept secrets. The program's website contains full episodes and lots of additional content.
WHYY-TV's On Canvas continues to explores Greater Philadelphia's rich, diverse arts and culture scene each week. Its fourth season has featured performances and interviews with artists such as the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Mindi Abair.
On Stage at Curtis, which spotlights the legends of tomorrow in recital at the Curtis Institute of Music, featured Thomas Hampson working with young singers in the premiere of its fifth season on WHYY-TV.
WHYY.org offers rebroadcast times of these and other programs for your convenience. Episodes of Friday Arts, On Canvas, On Stage at Curtis and other WHYY-TV programs and PBS favorites may be streamed anywhere, anytime using WHYY's video player, now available as an iPhone app.
Last fall, WHYY launched "WHYY Presents," a monthly live music series that showcases local and national talent. Look for performances by Hezekiah Jones and Andrew Lipke and all our events on WHYY's Member Experience page.
If you don't get it already, consider signing up this winter to receive In the Loop, our free weekly e-newsletter, featuring TV, FM and Web highlights, event information and 2-for-1 deals exclusive to WHYY members.
In 2011 and beyond, WHYY will continue to work diligently to be your trusted local public media provider and the place you turn to for news when you need it, entertainment when you want it and a safe haven in which children can learn.
As always, your contributions are invested in programming and services that enrich the lives of all of us in the Delaware Valley. Thank you for your continued support of the region's leading public media provider.
William J. Marrazzo
President and Chief Executive Officer