The Brandywine School District and Delaware First Media, which owns and operates WDDE Radio, Dover, have entered into a strategic partnership to create Delaware Public Media, a collaboration of the District’s WMPH radio station and public station WDDE.
WMPH will begin to carry NPR programming during morning and afternoon drive times.
According to a district release, the partnership will bring Delaware-based NPR programming to northern Delaware, establish a more robust media curriculum for Mount Pleasant High School students, and provide for the development of Generation Voice, a multimedia online platform and educational curriculum that will give Mount Pleasant students – and eventually Brandywine and Concord High School students – training in multi-media and digital technology.
Generation Voice will use a traditional website as well as mobile and social media components to feature student-created video, podcasts, photography, reports, opinion pieces, interviews, and more – all supported by faculty and media professionals.
As part of the agreement, some Delaware First Media staff will work from WMPH in Mount Pleasant High School, providing opportunities for students to partner with professional journalists and staff through shadowing, guest lectures, internships, and more.
While the Delaware Public Media partnership will be located at WMPH within Mount Pleasant High School, there will be opportunities for students at all three BSD high schools to participate. In future years, students at Concord and Brandywine High Schools will also be able to enroll in production classes to learn about multimedia communication and technology and produce relevant and meaningful multimedia content.
WDDE, the only Delaware-based NPR station, has a signal that covers the Dover area and small portions of adjoining counties.