We've all had that most special audio moment. It might come at any time, from any type of station, a podcast, in any form. Maybe a certain dramatic news report, or an extraordinary personal story, an amazing documentary, an off-beat music mix, or perhaps just the sound of one singular voice. Whatever form it takes, we know it when we hear it, and it changes our lives. Check out the AIRmuse, to hear producers talk about that early spark. And over in the Spotlight, read how amazing new efforts are clicking in Australia. What was your special moment — the one that inspired you first to emulate others, and then create for yourself?
StoryMaker Opens Up Media on the Move
When it comes to mobile storytelling, the plot is often the same: buy an iPhone. But StoryMaker tells a different tale — it's an open-source app that lets aspiring journalists tell visual stories via Android devices. What's more, it offers training from the International Center for Journalists and templates to jump-start creation. Get in on the ground floor — the app is currently in beta: learn more.
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Holy smokes! Watch us grow! Say hello to a fresh crop of members:
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Sara Bernard/Berkeley, CA
Samara Breger/Boston, MA
Larry Buhl/West Hollywood, CA
Nell Burrus/Albuquerque, NM
Kristin Calhoun, Washington, DC
Catherine Carter/Ranchos de Taos, NM
Daniella Cheslow/Tel Aviv, Israel
Hana Crawford/Brooklyn, NY
Bill Deputy/New Orleans, LA
George Drake Jr./Chicago, IL
Alex Eidman/New York, NY
Rebecca Feldhaus Adams/Murray, KY
Elaine Grant/Centennial, CO
Natalie Jones/Washington, DC
Davey Kim/Los Angeles, CA
Catherine Komp/Richmond, VA
Julia Kudravetz/Charlottesville, VA
Ramona Martinez/Washington, DC
Christopher Mosson/Bloomington, IN
Andrew Ramsammy/Round Rock, TX
Scott Schnur/Boston, MA
Dave Sherwood/Bowdoinham, ME
Judith Smelser/Denver, CO
Kristina Sutton/Chicago, IL
Jane Taggart/Centennial, CO
Sedge Thomson/Berkeley, CA
Avery Trufelman/New York, NY
Rachel Waldholz/Oakland, CA
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By AIR New Voice Kristina Sutton. Also check out New Voices reports on this year's PRPC.
Making it Down Under
By Jesse Cox
Jesse Cox is an independent producer from Australia and one of the winners of this year's Third Coast International Audio Festival for a project called Keep Them Guessing. Jesse joined AIR after he heard Executive Director Sue Schardt speak about Localore at the Co-Creative Communities Forum in Melbourne. He says the idea of funding independent producers directly for longer-form projects is relatively unknown in Australia and hearing about Localore inspired him to think about ways Aussie producers might do something similar.
Jesse is part of a growing contingent of producers from 25 countries who are part of AIR's network. With this expanding overseas presence, we decided to ask Jesse to give us a sense of the landscape for indie producers Down Under.
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Public Radio "Super-Regional" Meeting
November 12–13, 2013
This second gathering of public radio station and network managers from across the nation focuses on topics concerning legacy system development and "best practices" for navigating change. For those working outside the station-network infrastructure, this event offers opportunity for networking with key decision-makers. More details are here.
International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA)
November 20–December 1, 2013
Now in its 25th year, this leading event hosts film and interactive doc makers from around the world. Localore producers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert will bring their immersive documentary, Reinvention Stories, to the festivities. More here.
Media That Matters Conference
February 6–7, 2014
American University's Center for Social Media celebrates 10 years of bringing together media makers and shakers to share their work, best practices, and trends to track. More information here.
February 27–March 2, 2014
This eclectic gathering of nonfiction filmmakers, which began 10 years ago, "salutes those with the devil-may-care DIY spirit." There are AIRsters in the mix. Worth checking out.
Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) Conference
February 27–March 2, 2014
This annual conference, sponsored by Investigative Reporters and Editors, focuses on how computers can be used with greater efficiency and effectiveness to research and report stories. According to the organizers, this gathering is "known for the practical tips and story ideas shared by prize-winning members in quick-hit sessions." More? Go here.
New Member Corner: Kristina Sutton
Joined AIR: October 2013 after attending PRPC as one of AIR's New Voice scholars.
Hails from: Chicago, Illinois.
Who? Kristina started as Chicago Public Radio's first "848" intern (as in 848 East Grand Avenue) and has since run a gamut from working in the production management department for the Oprah Winfrey Show to working on a sound piece with artist Harold Mendez at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art to (now) studying radio at Columbia College Chicago. Listen to her recent work at kristinamsutton.com.
Wisdom? Says Kristina: "When people tell their story — of peace, of closure, of joy — it helps them pass through something. That's what's important to me. That's why I do what I do." Welcome Kristina!
Give Back? Says Kristina: "What I am hoping to bring to AIR is energy, ideas, and skill. To quote one of my favorite characters (Dean) from one of my favorite shows (Supernatural),'I do know one thing, I've got a GED and a give 'em hell attitude!'
"Although I don't have a GED — I'll graduate from Columbia College Chicago next month — I definitely love giving all my projects 110 percent!" She adds, "I'm at that stage of life where my skills have finally caught up to my ideas, and I'm ready to really spread my wings!"
The Road Ahead? Kristina will graduate this December. "I've learned in life thus far that when you are headed in the right direction, life gives you signs," she says. "The universe has been giving me all the signs that I am (as my grandmother would say) 'facing north.' My dream is to always create art that inspires, empowers, and educates. The universe and I are going to make it happen!"
Listen to Kristina's AIRmuse
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