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Need to Know

Help Wanted (#212)

In its latest edition of "Help Wanted," coinciding with the release of the monthly jobs report, Need to Know revisits northern Ohio for an updated look at how many Americans WITH jobs are struggling to make ends meet because of the difficult economy.

The show profiles: a teacher who was fired, then rehired at half-pay, and is now trying to avoid foreclosure; a factory worker with health problems who spent nearly a year and half without work before being rehired without benefits and for significantly less money; and a married couple who started their own contracting business but have little work and can't secure loans despite a very high credit rating. The couple suffered an additional setback recently when the wife had to undergo back surgery, further depleting their savings. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: NEED TO KNOW is an integrated broadcast and online current affairs project, uniting broadcast and web in an innovative approach to newsgathering and reporting. It breaks through the limitations of the broadcast schedule by means of a web-based production model that empowers audiences to "tune in" anytime and anywhere. A cross-media initiative built around a wide community of journalists and producers, with input from an engaged audience, NEED TO KNOW covers five primary beats: the economy; the environment and energy; health; security; and culture. Stories, interviews, blogs and photo features are continually added to and updated online, with the production teams inviting interaction and input from online readers and users who are on the lookout for the latest information on a given subject. Each week's online story development culminates in the weekly broadcast, curated from the week's reporting by the various beat teams. The broadcast features documentary-style field reports, both domestic and international, short features and studio-based interviews and conversation to complement and advance the produced reports.

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