Black Gold Boom snares TV funding

ITVS Joins AIR and Prairie Public Broadcasting to Support Award-Winning Black Gold Boom

(San Francisco, Calif.) November 20, 2013 – ITVS, AIR, and Prairie Public Broadcasting announce a partnership to help boost support for transformative public media work with a new interactive documentary series to be distributed online and on public television through the Localore initiative. Created by independent producer Todd Melby, the documentary Black Gold Boom and companion transmedia project “Oil Patch: Code Blue” will be completed in 2014.

In a modern-day gold rush, people are flocking to previously underpopulated regions of western North Dakota in an effort to capitalize off of the lucrative oil boom. Black Gold Boom is a journalistic exploration of the region, providing individual portraits of local residents and oil workers, along with the environmental and social consequences associated with the boom. Using a combination of traditional documentary video and online storytelling tools, Black Gold Boom showcases how the world’s thirst for oil has frazzled towns, dazzled politicians, and changed the state forever.

Minneapolis-based Melby grew up in North Dakota and has witnessed the way the oil boom has transformed the state’s landscape. He is now reporting on it for the national public radio program Marketplace and has been featured on NPR and PBS NewsHour. Melby is a senior producer for the public media nonprofit 2 below zero, a Minneapolis-based public media nonprofit that produces thoughtful and thought-provoking documentaries.

Black Gold Boom is the recipient of two national journalism awards: 2013 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for best specialized journalism site and 2013 Online News Association award for best feature.

For more about the Black Gold Boom TV project go here.


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