NPR announced today that it is planning to launch a new local online journalism venture with $3 million in funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The funding — $2 million coming from CPB and $1 million from the Knight Foundation — will be used to provide a group of NPR stations with the resources to hire “journalist bloggers” who will focus on a topic that is important to the city where they are based. “Stations will feed their work into NPR’s content management system, where the entire group of participants will have easy access to each others’ work to inform, enrich and add context as they create and present their stories,” NPR said.

In addition, through the two years of the pilot program, PBS‘s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” will provide participants with an embeddable video player for their Web sites, while also featuring local reporting from selected stations on the “NewsHour.”

NPR said the stations that will participate in the pilot program have not yet been selected. However, they will include a mix of radio/TV operation and public radio stations from around the country.

A full release about the venture, after the jump.

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