We’re Kansas City PBS’ nonprofit journalism source, a destination for local and regional storytelling. Flatland shares digital-first series and stories that give you the best of people & places, eats & drinks, news & issues, arts & culture, and more. In a nutshell, we make and share coverage about our region that matters to you.
We are a reflection of our audience — informed and involved — and your engagement is the cornerstone of continuing this conversation. Comment, question, share.
Again, welcome to Flatland. And cheers.
Founded in November 2013 through a gift from the Hale Family Foundation, the Hale Center for Journalism at Kansas City PBS serves as a center for local multimedia journalism. The center publishes to Flatland, a digital news umbrella that encourages collaboration among NPR, PBS and regional news outlets to produce stories on local issues and ensure the continued creation of quality local journalism in an ever-changing media landscape.
Despite living and publishing in the digital age, it’s our policy at Kansas City PBS to not remove or edit any of our content once it publishes without a) going through the proper internal channels and b) notifying you, our audience, when and where appropriate.
As affiliate stations of PBS and NPR, we’ve sourced from their editorial policies, as well as from the Society for Professional Journalists, and from within our own company handbook and culture.
We work to respond to and interact with the public.
Accountability is a goal, including answering audience questions and responding to criticisms about programs or content.
We will respond quickly to questions about accuracy, clarity and fairness, and encourage a civil dialogue.
As a rule, we acknowledge mistakes and don’t make silent corrections to our stories. We make corrections to help keep the public accurately informed.
Our editorial independence prohibits our journalists from accepting tokens of favor from the public.
Flatland is proud to take part in a new collaborative initiative involving a group of local, nonprofit media organizations designed to support and enhance local journalism. Learn More