This post is one of a series focused on how community foundations are investing in news and information projects to make an impact on issues they care about. The following video was filmed during Knight’s 2012 Media Learning Seminar, where five community foundations gave brief, TED-like talks on how the projects they launched are impacting their cities.
In the video above, Tycoma Miller shared how the West Anniston Foundation has taken a leadership role in addressing environmental threats facing her Georgia community by investing in a community information project.
For nearly 40 years, the city of 25,000 was unknowingly exposed to PCB contaminants from a nearby chemical factory, which led to a myriad of health problems including cancer and diabetes.
With support from Knight Foundation, the community foundation launched the weekly radio program West Anniston Today to provide a way for people to ask questions and share stories.
A handful of calls turned into hundreds a month. Miller described how the show not only gave people a voice, but also the ability to share what mattered most to them about what to do moving forward.