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WNET Launches Local News & Culture Site, MetroFocus

By Michelle Michalos
Monday, July 11th, 2011
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Today, WNET launched the MetroFocus website, marking the first phase of the multiplatform initiative to bring local news and culture coverage to the tri-state region.

In addition to analysis and opinion, the MetroFocus site features MetroLife, a multimedia section of voices from diverse communities and constituencies that explore our identity as New Yorkers, and a Toolbox for tips and resources to help New Yorkers cope with life in the nation’s biggest metropolis.

The site also includes (among other features) reporting from the investigative journalism nonprofit City Limits about poverty in New York on the 15-year anniversary of welfare reform; and a slide show of  post-9/11 photography and an audio interview with the editor of the new book, “New York: A Photographer’s City.”

MetroFocus will examine the diverse ways in which we each live our lives here and our identity as New Yorkers,” said Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer Laura van Straaten.

In late 2011, MetroFocus will evolve into a mobile application and a half-hour local television broadcast on both THIRTEEN and WLIW21 to be produced at the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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MetroFocus is a production of the Interactive Engagement Group in association with WNET New York Public Media, the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations.