WHO WE ARE

  An independent media enterprise operated by journalists

WHAT WE DO

  • PROVIDE podcast production services to help support our Obscured podcast and build a sustainable operation
  • CREATE meaningful work that adds value to the media landscape by telling stories that are underreported in the quick-hit daily news cycle 
  • REPORT engaging, data-driven narrative stories that unpack public policy outcomes, shortcomings and solutions 
  • FEATURE original work on Obscured and through media partners 

OUR CORE VALUES

  • Meet the need in our home state of Pennsylvania for long-form podcasts that are well-researched, thoughtful and conversational 
  • Thrive as an independent enterprise within the ever-consolidating media landscape and help fill coverage gaps with our content 

WHERE WE REPORT

Our work is primarily based in Pennsylvania. Lack of transparency and integrity are perennial problems in the Commonwealth, which think tanks, academic institutions and journalists have consistently documented.

In many ways, Pennsylvania is a state that tells America’s story, as we demonstrated with the award-winning public media podcast Grapple produced with our colleagues on a statewide public media collaboration called Keystone Crossroads. The series explored economic distress throughout the Commonwealth, its manufacturing past and attempts at reinvention through higher-ed, tech and medicine.

Pennsylvania is home to the largest rural population after Texas and North Carolina, as well as urban centers — including Philadelphia, America’s poorest major city where nearly 25% of the population lives in poverty. 

In recent years, natural gas drilling boosted the economy in some parts of the state, but not without controversy.

Given Pennsylvania’s national significance as a longtime swing state and its chronic struggles with public corruption, we believe our work will benefit listeners in our state and beyond. 

HOW TO STAY IN TOUCH

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