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Go, Indie, Go.
Will Networked Podcasts Get You There?

By Jillian Weinberger

There's been a lot of chatter among public radio producers lately about the potential for podcast networks as a revenue stream. To get some clarity, we sent producer Jillian Weinberger out to scour the terrain. She discovered that while podcast networks offer one new option in an ever-shifting menu of distribution methods, as is often the case, it's up to the producers to find the time, ingenuity, and scratch to get their work off the ground.

Podcasters: read on for tips from some of the field's sharpest pros about what to think about when you're negotiating.

Read On . . .

Spotlight Archive

To Do:

Media That Matters Conference (10 years!)
February 6–7, 2014
Washington, DC

MapJam 2014
The Austin Music Map comes alive!
February 15, 2014
Austin, TX

True/False Festival
February 27–March 2, 2014
Columbia, MO

Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) Conference
February 27–March 2, 2014
Baltimore, MD

Investigative Reporters and Editors' annual gathering unpacks how computers can most effectively assist in reporting. More? Go here.

The Media Consortium Annual Conference
February 27–March 1, 2014
Chicago, IL

Arts Advocacy Day
March 24, 2014
Washington, DC

Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.

Maker Faire
May 17–18, 2014 (San Francisco)
July 26–27, 2014 (Detroit)
September 20–21, 2014 (New York)

This international DIY circuit bills itself as "part science fair, part county fair" and brings together makers of all ages. It's a convergence of tech, craft, education, writing, and media-making. Students. Intrigued? So are we. More here.

NFCB Annual Conference
May 28–31, 2014
Washington, DC

Greater Public (formerly DEI) Development & Marketing Conference
July 10–12, 2014
Denver, CO

PRPD Annual Programming Conference
September 9–11, 2014
Portland, OR

New Member Corner: Jenna Schnuer

Follow on Twitter and Instagram: @jennaschnuer

Joined AIR: December 2013.

Currently hails from: Anchorage, Alaska, by way of New York.

Who? Print and Web reporter with 20 years' experience who's just starting to dip into radio. Jenna's portfolio includes National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Books,, Entrepreneur, and American Way. Most of her work is focused around travel, profiles, culture, and business. "The only things I absolutely refuse to write about are personal finance (feh) and wine," says Jenna, "because I don't want to hate it." Read some of her print work here

Wanderlust? In 2009, Jenna moved out of NYC and started traveling almost nonstop, including a 17,000-mile, seven-month solo road trip from New Jersey to Alaska and back again in 2012. From campsites in North Dakota to hotels in Utah, she filed stories all along the way for such outlets as National Geographic Traveler. This past September, Jenna drove across the U.S. (and up through Canada) to Alaska again — this time to stay put for a year (maybe two) to focus on stories around the state. Get a glimpse into more of Jenna's road trip adventures here.  

Why AIR? Why now? "Creating radio stories is new to me. I'm looking forward to learning about the how-tos, meeting new colleagues in another part of the media world, and, over time, hopefully, collaborating with some of you on projects. And if anybody needs an on-the-ground reporter in AK, shout." Welcome Jenna.


Discover obscure corners of America through the mics of Amanda Aronczyk, Ben Walker, Julia Scott, and Sarah Richards. It's Real America 2013, a public radio partnership with the BBC, now online.

AIRmuse Archives

Cool Tool

Master Your Storyboard

At AIR's December Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive, Cathy Corman clued us into an intriguing collator that helps take the slog out of a long and complex edit. Take a peek at Scrivener's "writing studio," offering an array of tools to help you organize ideas and media when writing a long piece. Arrange them using a virtual cork board — one scene or chunk of info per digital index card — or park your audio, video, and visual research materials alongside your script. Download a free trial here.

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AIR Grows

AIR = a giant chia pet. Say hello to fresh crop of members:

Theresa Adams/Berkeley, CA
Lisa Bartfai/Oakland, CA
Cheryl Brumley/London, UK
Sarah Cannon/San Francisco, CA
Leslie Chang/San Francisco, CA
Cheryl Devall/Los Angeles, CA
Bari Finkel/Bloomington, IN
Tarek Fouda/Brooklyn, NY
Maria Gambale/Istanbul, Turkey
Thalia Gigerenzer/Berlin, Germany
James Gray/Bloomington, IN
Jean Henry/Brooklyn, NY
Jascha Hoffman/Brooklyn, NY
Mark Kelleher/South Glastonbury, CT
Allyson Kirkpatrick/Brooklyn, NY
Eboni Lemon/Atlanta, GA
Tom McNamara/New York, NY
Leyla Mei/Brooklyn, NY
Emma Morgenstern/Westford, MA
Tracy Mumford/Minneapolis, MN
Fritz Musser/Chicago, IL
Debbie Nathan/New York, NY
Erik Neumann/Oakland, CA
Jamie Ordonez/Greenlawn, NY
Andrew Patner/Chicago, IL
Lance Robson/St. Petersburg, FL
Eileen Russell/San Francisco, CA
Karen Schaefer/Oberlin, OH
Jenna Schnuer/Anchorage AK
Carl Scott/New York, NY
Megan Shank/Bloomington, IN
Kylie Sturgess/Yangebup, Australia
Paul Turano/Boston, MA
John Tynan/Shenyang, China
Andrew Yeager/Birmingham, AL

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