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In This Issue:

Zing that Wiki

Like mad scientists working behind the curtain, we've been tinkering for months on our Awards and Fellowship directories to convert them into wikis. These one-of-a-kind resources have been openly available in static form on for more than a decade. We believe that by "wikifying," we'll benefit from the collective contributions from you and others who visit the site and use the resources. Dive in.

Speaking of mad scientists, Jessica Clark, researcher director at American University's Center for Social Media and AIR Executive Director Sue Schardt present a new, thought provoking paradigm for ascribing value to public media in the 2.0 world — and you may not know it, but your zing is showing.

Your AIRblast Team

Issue Archives


May 27 – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Challenge America Fast-Track

June 2 – Jostens Community Grants

June 10 – Lindbergh Foundation Grants

June 10 – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth Grants

June 11 – Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism

June 15/ July 1 – Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for Broadcast Journalism

June 15 – Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) International Fellowship

Spread the Good Word! Join AIR

Say hello to our newest members:

David Anderson
Brian Barton
Margaret Boehme
John Crigler
Jean Di Marino
Laura Herberg
Carol Jackson
Trey Kay
Sammy Mack
Rachel McCarthy
Katie McMurran
Casey Miner
Laura Nahmias
Lauren Peterson
Nan Rubin
Judith Scherr

Give the gift of AIR. What better gesture than to bring your trusted colleague or collaborator into the fold of AIR’s 760-strong community of producers and associates?

We've Got Talent
Peruse AIR's searchable
Producer Directory

Are you AIR's next Live Interactive Resident?
Fall 2010, Early 2011

Do you want to spend 10 weeks in Seattle, the "City of Music," working with a dynamic team at one of the most cutting edge public radio music stations in the country? AIR is so pleased to be working in partnership with KEXP-FM to offer two producers a shot at AIR's "Live Interactive" residency. Read more and apply.

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AIRmuse Video

AIR Presents on Future of Public Media at the FCC (5:07)

AIR Executive Director Sue Schardt was among the public media leaders invited to participate in the daylong FCC Future of Media Workshop held on April 30. She worked with AIRster Kara Oehler and Jesse Shapins to show the assembled group "here's what public media is." They've produced a video re-creation of the presentation.

AIR Presents on Future of Public Media at the FCC

· Watch the entire April 30th session
· Read comments filed by AIR with the FCC
· Learn more about the FCC Future of Media Initiative

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Audio Archives


Spreading the Zing:
Reimagining Public Media Through the Makers Quest 2.0

Jessica Clark
Director, Future of Public Media Project, Center for Social Media, American University
Sue Schardt
Executive Director, Association of Independents in Radio, Inc.

Executive Summary:
Public media projects are moving from familiar broadcast forms to multiplatform models that are often more open and participatory. In light of this, how can we best evaluate their impact? And what elements of impact are most salient in the public media context, in which mission is as central as sustainability or reach? This paper sets out to examine these questions through the lens of a particular set of projects designed to demonstrate how "public radio" can be transformed into "public media."

Read On . . .

Zing Report

Cool Tool: Issuu

Issuu, pronounced "issue," is the online publishing service we used to publish our "Zing" article. Take your PDF documents (think supplemental text and visuals for your radio or media project) and convert them into visually stunning interactive publications that can be embedded on your website or blog. Don't have a project of your own that you want to publish? That's OK. Go to Issuu and peruse hundreds of cool publishing projects, just as you would at a newsstand (complete with a cool animation of pages flipping).

Erin Mishkin


Sounds Elemental Producer Intensives at Harvestworks
November 15–19 (Sky)
New York City, NY

This collaboration between AIR and Harvestworks enters its fourth year, boasting a diverse and exciting roster of alumni working across a broad range of disciplines, from ATC and Marketplace reporters to musicians and sound artists. We're looking for 10 exceptionally curious producers to fine-tune their ears and experiment with unconventional approaches to assembling sound and telling story. The cost is $650. AIR members who are accepted are eligible for a small stipend to help underwrite the cost of the intensive and travel to NYC. Apply now for the November session! Slots are limited and going fast!

PRPD Webinar
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 2 pm
Spreading the Zing: A new vision of public media's impact

The revolution is underway! As producers, stations, and the networks move out to non-broadcast platforms, many are asking 'here's what public media looks like.' Join Jessica, Sue, Kara Oehler and Ann Heppermann of MQ2's Mapping Main Street for what is sure to be a lively discussion about their new, groundbreaking ideas in action. Click here for details and to register.

National Federation of Community Broadcasters Radio Conference
June 9–12
St Paul, MN

National Association of Hispanic Journalists Multimedia Convention and Career Expo
June 23–26
Denver, CO

PRNDI Public Radio News Directors Conference
June 24–26
Louisville, KY

Native American Journalists' Association Annual Convention
July 21–24
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention & Career Fair
July 28–Aug. 1
San Diego, CA

Duke's Center for Documentary Studies Audio Documentary Summer Institute
AIR members receive a $100 discount.
Hearing Is Believing
July 24–31
Making It Sing
August 9–14
Durham, NC

AIR partners once again with our friends at the Center for Documentary Studies to offer six scholarships to AIRsters selected to attend these outstanding summer intensives, which have proven vital to many members. The five-day immersions are aimed at emerging producers and provide soup to nuts on digital audio mixing, field recording, the ethics of documentary work, etc. Venerable AIRster John Biewen leads a team of cream-of-the crop instructors. To register and to find out about applying for a scholarship, contact Duke Continuing Studies at 919-684-6259, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, or visit their Web site.

PRPD 2010 Public Radio Programming Conference
September 23–26
Denver, CO

Third Coast International Audio Festival
October 28–30
Chicago, IL

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 Robert E. Davoli and Eileen McDonagh Charitable Foundation,, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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