WESTVILLE – Northwest Indiana PBS affiliate Lakeshore Public Media partnered with Purdue University Northwest (PNW) last year to launch “Roundtable Perspective,” a half-hour educational program. Celebrating Purdue Northwest’s annual Day of Giving, Lakeshore gave PNW $25,000 in airtime and advertising support to renew the 26-episode program another season.

“Public television is about engaging, enlightening and informing and we think this program does exactly that in an interesting and unique way,” said Matt Franklin, vice president of Television Operations at Lakeshore Public Media. “It’s a scholarly discussion on a variety of topics that makes you see things from a whole different perspective. There’s really no other program like it across the Chicagoland market.”

PNW’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS) produces the program. CHESS Dean Elaine Carey said the program recently earned “gold” recognitions in video production, TV broadcast and cable categories at the 2018 AVA Digital Awards. 

“Lakeshore Public Media’s generous gift gives students and faculty more opportunities to produce an award-winning program,” said Carey. “Lakeshore’s continued support of PNW ensures that students gain valuable experiences in broadcasting.”

“Roundtable Perspective” will be part of Lakeshore’s Friday night primetime lineup this fall airing at 8 p.m. with rebroadcasts on Sunday mornings. Franklin said the program potentially reaches 3.3 million households. 

“It’s great content and great perspectives. The quality of the program has come a long way in a short period of time,” Franklin said. “We are proud to be associated with Purdue Northwest.”

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a student-centered university that values academic excellence, supports growth and celebrates diversity. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. For more information about PNW, visit www.pnw.edu.

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