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American Five Inside

Dear Auntie Beeb! Her grand mansion is a confusing jumble of appointed rooms full of wonderful things. How to visit without getting lost? Our inside man, Jeremy Skeet, will take you around. And thanks to a new AIR partnership, five American producers are calling on her right now. The Spotlight points the way.

Sam Schongalla,
AIRblast Publication Manager

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I love Fridays, and not just because they signal the start of the weekend. Every Friday, Longreads dishes up their weekly email of the best long-form print journalism on the Web. Sign up for a weekly dose of storytelling inspiration. And check out Audiophiles, inspired by Longreads, which highlights great audio stories, many of them produced by AIRsters.
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Spread the Good Word! Join AIR

AIR grows! Say hello to fresh crop of members:

Jennifer Ament/Atlanta, GA
Lee Bloxom/Richmond, VA
Kristin Bouwmeester/
  Chevy Chase, MD
Claudia Catania/New York, NY
Jen Chien/San Francisco, CA
Rebecca Lee Douglas/Brooklyn, NY
Paul Flahive/San Antonio, TX
Sarah Geis/Chicago, IL
Deborah Hardt/New York, NY
Masumi Hayashi-Smith/Seattle, WA
Christine Hsu/Brooklyn, NY
Rebecca Kaufman/Washington, DC
Candice Ludlow/Memphis, TN
Esther Manilla/Los Angeles, CA
Erin McIntyre/Brooklyn, NY
Jenny Morgan/Raleigh, NC
Ellis Robinson/Pittsburgh, PA
Ellen Stewart/Sonora, CA
Mitra Taj/Tucson, AZ
Marsha Thorne/Brooklyn, NY
Daniel Tkacik/Pittsburgh, PA

Give the gift of AIR. What better gesture than to bring your trusted colleague or collaborator into the fold of AIR's strong community of producers and associates?

Learn more about the many benefits of AIR membership.

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Beeb 101
By Jeremy Skeet
Commissioning Editor, Global News at the BBC

Even insiders at the BBC don't understand all of the organization's vast and complex structure. For a freelancer from across the pond, it's positively daunting: Whom to pitch your idea to? What ideas are wanted? When's the right time to pitch? We asked Jeremy Skeet of the BBC Public Radio Partnership, a new collaboration between BBC and AIR, to help set us on the right track.

Read On . . .

Spotlight Archive

To Do

Knight Digital Media Center Multimedia Summer Workshop Series
Berkeley, CA

Three sessions are "designed to enhance your ability to create audience engagement across multiple digital platforms." June 18–29 is a Multimedia Storytelling Institute; July 23–24 is Data Mapping for Beginners; July 25–27 is a session focusing on Video for Storytellers. A one-day Social Media Intensive convenes on July 31st.

10th Annual Silverdocs Festival
June 18–24
Silver Spring, MD

Created by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel, this showcase is a destination for many of the best and brightest indie makers of film and new media. More than 27,000 participate from across the globe. AIR presents "Design(ing) for Participation: A New Frontier for Public Media Documentary" on Thursday, June 21st. Registration is open; check it out here. See you there?

Third Coast Festival/Driehaus Audio Competition

It’s time to throw your hat (and your best audio work) into the ring. Third Coast seeks producers from across the globe to shine at the awards ceremony in October (see conference details below). Categories are Best Documentary, Best New Artist, Radio Impact, and Best News Feature. Learn more, and submit here.

PRNDI Annual News Directors Conference
June 27–30
Houston, TX

There's still time to get on board this annual "get an edit" conference for public radio station news managers and staff. Conference details, including hotel and registration links, are here.

Public Media Development and Marketing Conference
July 12–14
Seattle, WA

Want to rub elbows with those in the know about raising money and opportunities for public media? This one's for you. This gathering of more than 800 provides fertile ground for networking, learning about latest tricks and trends, and having some fun. Registration is now open.

Duke's Center for Documentary Studies Audio Documentary Summer Institute
Hearing is Believing: July 15–21
Hearing is Believing II: Making it Sing: August 6–11
Durham, NC

Many producers have benefited from these outstanding summer intensives led by AIRster John Biewen, who brings together a stellar lineup of instructors, including Neenah Ellis, Ben Shapiro, and Shea Shackelford. These five-day immersions are aimed at emerging producers and provide soup to nuts on digital audio mixing, field recording, and the ethics of documentary work.

Public Radio Program Directors Annual Conference
Sept. 11–14
Las Vegas, NV
Save the dates!

Third Coast Festival
Oct. 5–7
Evanston, IL
Save the dates!

Emily Botein heads up AIR's pitch panels, there'll excitement stirred by the Localore teams, hyper-convergence @ the AIR table, and Ambassadors galore. More New Voices. That's just the tip of the iceberg. AIRsters will be out in full force for this annual jam for producers across public media and beyond. Conference registration opens June 6th with early registration through August 15th (@ $395). Stay with it by going here.

New Member Spotlight: Autry Pruitt

Who? Autry Pruitt is a Michigan-born, but Alabaman-at-heart radio producer and political commentator. He moved to New York City after surviving the bankruptcy of his first start-up business to pursue his lifelong interest in politics. Formerly the host and producer of UrRepublic, a social and political commentary show, Autry is hard at work on his next production.

Joined AIR: March 2012, thanks to PRX.

Why radio? Autry, who has worked primarily in commercial media, believes that public radio often is stereotyped as stale and boring, but he knows it can be "invigorating, passionate, and full of life." Continues Autry: "I believe my voice is just as good on public radio as it is on commercial radio — now I just need everybody else to believe that too!"

Beyond radio: As a child, while the other kids' G.I. Joes were engaging in backyard wars, Autry's action figures were working out treaties and diplomatic solutions to their problems.

Why AIR? Says Autry: "I am hoping through AIR I will be able to meet a variety of individuals who have something substantive to share, be that wisdom, advice, laughs, or dare I say love? (Hey, I am a single dude — had to just put that out there :).)" The best way to reach him and learn about his next big thing? It's

Funding for AIR comes from our members and the generous support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Wyncote Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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