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  • "We are not the stigma you believe that we are," One man's story of homelessness

    Everyone out here is not a dope-head, a drunk or any of that. Many people are just out here because life happened to them. Then people ask, “explain life,” but how do you explain that to somebody? All art and photography by Mo/Ian

  • Artists of Color Network pursues community healing through art

    Local artist, Nicole Lee noticed there was a need for change in Kalamazoo. The community needed to heal, youth in particular, says Lee. So she began creating art that would act as a healing mechanism. This article was written by Neighborhood Journalist, Tyler Zachary. 

  • “Good Time Makes Good Sense” initiative could reduce Michigan’s lengthy prison sentences

    With truth in sentencing in place and no Good Time credit system, Michigan residents get locked up for longer, on average, than anyone else in the country. 

  • Apply to have a TV Series

    You can submit your TV series to Public Media Network to air!
    Are you interested in having a series on Public Media Network’s cable channels? Once you have a series, you’re guaranteed regularly scheduled time slots for one season, which helps you to promote your show and develop your audience.

  • Meet Rhonda Steward: A local Santa for homeless children

    Not many people are familiar with what she does, but to the homeless residents she helps, she is known as Mama Rhonda. Rhonda Steward has been collecting and restoring dolls and toys for homeless children since 2013. 

Media by you

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    Connect with Local Government

    Gavel to gavel coverage of local municipal meetings keeps you engaged with the decisions of your local elected officials.

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    Turn Your Passion into Content

    Whether a novice or professional, you can create and deliver your message.

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    Community-Driven Media Hub

    Media that is controlled and shaped by you.  From podcasts to television programs, this is media that reflects the community.

Making home grown media

  • Learning some media skills


    Gain media skills in a hands-on learning environment.  MediaU courses provide you with the skills to become a media maker or to improve your skills. Create media to shift our local narratives.

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    Volunteer Opportunities

    We need people like you to help create local media.  Join us on local productions and learn media skills to share your story. We'll provide the training necessary to get started.

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    Nonprofit Partnerships

    We partner with local nonprofit organizations to help increase their connections with the community.