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SIOUX CITY -- A live storytelling project produced by Siouxland Public Media in Sioux City is the winner of Current’s inaugural Local That Works contest.

Local That Works is a collaboration between Current and the Public Media Futures Forums to identify public media stations that have developed innovative and replicable content, engagement and revenue strategies.

Attendees at the Public Radio Super-Regional Conference heard about the projects by Siouxland and three other finalists Oct. 10 and voted on their favorite.

Finalists were chosen from 113 entries and general manager Mark Munger accepted the award on behalf of the station.

Siouxland’s winning project, “Ode: Stories Without Borders,” features contributions from immigrants to Sioux City. Ode was started by former Journal staff writer Ally Karsyn in December 2015.

The bimonthly live events regularly sell out. The station also shares the stories on air and online.

Voters at the conference said they chose Siouxland Public Media because the station told stories of many different communities and “stepped way outside their comfort zone.”

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