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Fund A Story… Change Your Community

Story Exchange is a new, simple way to directly fund local news stories that matter to you. You can be a part of the first test for public radio!

How Does It Work?
It’s a simple model: a reporter, producer or writer proposes a story and makes a pitch. Each pitch includes a direct appeal to raise a certain amount of money. When the money is raised, the story gets completed, airs on WFPL, and posts to WFPL.org.

Why Are We Trying This?
We think the combination of reporting and production talent, engaged audiences, promotion and reach can unleash new support for local journalism. That means better reporting, and increased service to the community.

Check Out The Stories Below
We’ve chosen a handful of stories of local importance. If one or more of the pitches resonates, support the story by giving $5 or $10 or more to support it. We’ll keep you updated as stories gain support, go into production, and are broadcast on WFPL.

What’s Next?
You’ll be able to pitch stories to us and your fellow citizens will be able to support them with contributions.

More Questions?
Read our FAQ

Story Exchange is a PRX crowd-funding project supported by the Knight News Challenge and a collaboration among PRX-The Public Radio Exchange, Spot.us and Louisville Public Media.

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FUNDED: Can Local Food Fight the Obesity Epidemic?

UPDATE: Listeners have provided the extra funding necessary for us to produce this story. Thanks for your support!

The locavore movement is alive and well in Louisville. Local growers produce and sell beautiful food at farmer’s markets all over the city, and that beautiful food ends up on our tables.

But obesity is a growth industry here, too. Historically, fast food has often been associated with obesity and other health issues. And healthy options are hard to find in a number of neighborhoods in the city.

Can the local food economy tackle the problem of obesity and make inroads in underserved communities where fast food is the dominant choice for the hungry?

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Louisville Public Schools: At the Crossroads

The Jefferson County Public Schools is at a crossroads. The board has fired the current superintendent, test scores remain low, and the state has intervened at four low-performing schools.

Many parents are exasperated by these problems, and frustrated with the new student assignment plan and the long bus rides their children must endure.

What will it take to create a school system the city can be proud of? Or will more parents abandon it for other options?

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Are Urban Industries Endangering Neighborhoods?

Louisville’s Rubbertown neighborhood is home to the largest carbide (a chemical compound) furnace in the world. Several miles east, the Butchertown neighborhood hosts one of the nation’s largest urban slaughterhouses. There were accidents at both of these facilities in the same week in late March, and the city is developing a new notification system for residents. Such a system is necessary, city officials say, because these facilities are in urban areas.

What dangers do these facilities present to the surrounding neighborhoods, and to the city as a whole? Should the plants be relocated? Can they be relocated? What is the future of urban industry, and what will happen to the workers if the plants move?

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FUNDED: The Bridges and the Environment

UPDATE: WFPL listeners have funded this story – THANKS! And watch for news of when it will air.

After years of wrangling, the Ohio River Bridges Project is finally moving forward.

Supporters tout the benefits, including more economic growth, fewer traffic tie-ups, modernized infrastructure.

But what’s the environmental impact of these new bridges?

Will the bridges, and the development they bring, damage the river and surrounding lands? What’s the impact on the downtown?

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FUNDED: Is It Time To Get Serious About Coal Ash?

UPDATE: WFPL listeners have funded this story – THANKS!

Read and listen to the three part series.

Coal-burning power plants produce coal ash. Environmental groups say toxins in the coal ash are seeping into ground water at some dump sites, including three in Kentucky.

Power companies say they can safely store it, and LG&E wants to open a new coal ash dump along the Ohio River.

What dangers do we face from coal ash… and are companies and regulators doing enough to keep us safe?

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About our Partners

The Public Radio Exchange PRX.org is a leader in public media technology, content and production. They are the folks who built the Public Radio Player, listed recently as one of the top downloaded iPhone apps of all time. PRX also created The Moth Radio Hour and found the talent behind two new shows; State of the Re:Union and Snap Judgment. PRX is recognized as a center of innovation in public radio: The Mac Arthur Foundation gave them a ‘genius’ award in 2009 for being such an effective non-profit.

This project is supported by the Knight News Challenge, an effort by the Knight Foundation to unleash new, creative journalism and engagement models.