The Nine Network Relaunches Homeland Website  

Community Input Spurs Redesign of Website Exploring Issues Related to Immigration

St. Louis, MOAugust 5, 2011Talking with community members and listening to their perspectives is integral to the work of the Nine Network and its Homeland immigration initiative. Throughout the past year, in hundreds of conversations about immigration certain ideas have risen to the top. Using community input as a guide, the Nine staff reorganized content on the Homeland website, www.ExploreHomeland.org, then relaunched it.  

On the newly launched site, content is organized around six themes: Immigration 101, Citizenship, Enforcement, Economy, Refugees and Resources. 

“People want to know about immigration as it relates them,” explains Director of Digital Engagement Mike Bauhof. “The new design is more intuitive and easier to use. We’ve received positive feedback from our visitors and hope that more and more users will find it a place where they can learn more and create an ongoing dialogue about immigration.” 

One of Homeland’s key directives is to use public media to connect and engage people so they can better understand the complicated issues around immigration and inject their voices into the public dialogue. In addition to www.ExploreHomeland.org, elements of the initiative include: 

  • ·        Local and statewide conversations with concerned community members.
  • ·        Purpose-driven, original online content created both by the community and by Nine Network staff.
  • ·        A documentary series produced by the Nine Network for national broadcast in 2012.

The website features many videos and user comments. The Homeland public engagement initiative also can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explore.homeland and on Twitter at @ExploreHomeland. 

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, nineAcademy, www.ninevoices.org,  www.ninenet.org  and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.

 

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