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frontline.org
Primary Twitter:
@frontlinepbs

Frontline is an hourlong documentary series produced by WGBH in Boston and distributed by PBS.

Frontline is one of PBS’ flagship national news programs, having won numerous awards since its debut in 1983.

The program has sought to expand its digital presence by producing blogs and shorter, quick-turnaround stories on the web. Journalists manage multiple Twitter accounts covering different “beats,” including national security, global economics, and the media. In 2011, Frontline hired new-media journalists to manage the program’s transition to a “post-broadcast future.” It began to move into interactive online video during the 2012 presidential campaign.

Frontline is an editorial partner to Tehran Bureau, a “virtual” bureau that generates original, nonpartisan reporting and opinion about Iran.

Frontline is funded primarily by nonprofit foundations and individual donors, including the MacArthur Foundation and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and membership dues from local PBS stations. In 2014, it received a $5 million grant from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler and an $800,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to establish a cross-platform Enterprise Journalism Group. Unlike NewsHour, its cousin in public television, Frontline does not receive corporate support.

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May 18, 2016 / Laura Hazard Owen
Frontline is finding new mic-drop moments for good old-fashioned reporting — Raney Aronson grew up without television. Her mother and stepfather were back-to-the-landers who moved the family to a rural Vermont town when Aronson was eight, grew their own organic food, and occasionally took Raney a...
Dec. 17, 2015 / Shan Wang
Frontline is diving deeper into VR with $580,000 from the Knight Foundation — Virtual reality in journalism is definitely not going away anytime soon — not with news organizations like The New York Times building and prominently promoting new VR projects (including some created as sponsored cont...
Nov. 13, 2015 / Laura Hazard Owen
What Frontline’s team learned producing its new VR documentary — Virtual reality journalism is still so new that it’s not yet clear what works and what doesn’t on a broad scale. There are anecdotal bits of evidence, but no sure best practices. Nonetheless, a new report out...
Nov. 5, 2015 / Shan Wang
The 2016 Knight-Mozilla fellows will bring their technical skills to newsrooms around the world — The fifth class of Knight-Mozilla fellows have been announced at the Mozilla Festival in London, a group of data and design geeks and developers who’ll work for ten months next year on projects in newsrooms around ...
Oct. 29, 2014 / Liam Andrew
Controlled chaos: As journalism and documentary film converge in digital, what lessons can they share? — Documentary film and journalism are, in many ways, rooted in the same traditions. Though focus on narrative often differentiates film from traditional journalism, it helps to remember that the earliest films were straigh...

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Primary author: Andrew Phelps. Main text last updated: July 3, 2014.
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