Frequently Asked Questions


General

YUPntwk is a media service of Connecticut Public (CPTV/WNPR).  We produce local content (developed in, by, or about the people, places, events that make up Connecticut) that puts underrepresented stories and storytellers at the center.




The YUPntwk team acquires, produces, and co-creates diverse content that highlights underrepresented stories and storytellers. With a particular focus on the young, multicultural communities of Connecticut, we seek to share voices and perspectives that are inspiring, instructional, and unusual for all curious minds of Connecticut and beyond.




  • Targeting the young, multicultural audience is essential to audience growth and relevance in the future.
  • As public media it is our mission to serve all, especially the underserved, and we recognize the need to engage with diverse audiences and introduce new faces, voices and perspectives into our programing.
  • As a media organization we understand our responsibility to provide multicultural representation, equitable access, and agency over narratives in media.
  • We recognize the importance of a digital transformation for Connecticut Public and the demand for content in new formats on new platforms.

As a public media organization and trusted institution, we choose to push ourselves into the future – to think differently, innovate, and improve.  Our growth is about expanding audiences to be more diverse, about evolving our programming to be more representative of the communities we serve, about embracing a digital culture that is platform agnostic, reaching beyond the traditional broadcast channels.

Yes, YUPntwk is part of Connecticut Public.  Just like CPTV, WNPR, or our Education opportunities, YUPntwk is yet another media service of the greater organization that works in concert with all departments to contribute to the overall organization mission.

The fees and expenses associated with YUPntwk are largely funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation, as well as grants from The Graustein Foundation, The Kitchings Family Foundation, and generous donations from large individual donors, as well as members and donors of all sizes.

The NTWK was initially the name of the YUPntwk membership program that allowed users to create a free account to unlock benefits and access to resources for creators and creative entrepreneurs.  As of April 4, 2019, the NTWK membership benefits have ended, but YUPntwk will retain NTWK member contact information to provide news and updates on new content.

As YUPntwk evolves to reimagine how best to serve the mission of representation and agency in media, we are now focused on content. Our goal is to continue to build great local content that puts you at the center. Due to this new focus, we can no longer provide the same benefits and resources that were part of the original NTWK membership program.  However, we want to stay in touch!  YUPntwk will retain NTWK member contact information to provide news and updates on new content. We are also seeking great stories and new storytellers; find out more about the type of content we’re looking for and submit a story idea here.

YUPntwk is creating short form, personal profile stories that:

  • Center underrepresented voices (POC, LGBTQ, Women etc.)
  • Are Local (Connecticut)
  • Are inspiring, instructional and/or unusual
  • Fall under one of these 4 themes:
  1. Human Condition – stories about people as it relates to existence, birth, growth, emotion, aspiration and morality
  2. Underground – stories about beliefs and interest on the periphery of the mainstream
  3. The Unknown – stories of the unfamiliar, unexplored or underrepresented (people, places, things, ideas or beliefs)
  4. Connectedness – stories about relationships, duality, systems, belonging

 

If you have a story that fits the guidelines below, you can submit it here.

Once you submit your story idea, the YUPntwk team will review and evaluate your submission based on adherence to our guidelines and available resources. YUPntwk producers may reach out to request more information as needed to complete the evaluation. If your story is selected for production, YUPntwk producers will contact you with next steps. If you do not hear back from YUPntwk producers, unfortunately your story did not align with our guidelines and/or we are unable to pursue production at this time. You may, however, submit multiple story ideas.

Stories Must:

  • Center underrepresented voices
  • Be Local (Connecticut)
  • Be inspiring, instructional and/or unusual
  • Fall under one of these 4 themes:
  1. Human Condition – stories about people as it relates to existence, birth, growth, emotion, aspiration and morality
  2. Underground – stories about beliefs and interest on the periphery of the mainstream
  3. The Unknown – stories of the unfamiliar, unexplored or underrepresented (people, places, things, ideas or beliefs)
  4. Connectedness – stories about relationships, duality, systems, belonging

 

There are a few ways to engage with YUPntwk:

  • Sign up with your email and/or phone number at yupntwk.org/contact to receive updates when there is something new to report 
  • Pitch us a compelling story for the chance to have it produced into a short form video
  • Donate to support our mission and vision 

If you’re jazzed about YUPntwk and our mission, we welcome your support to help us continue to create new, original, diverse content and build value for our community.  You can donate at any level here.


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