Put on your headphones for the AIRmuse as Shea Shackelford and Virginia Millington bring you the afterword to their story "This can go on forever," the 2010 bronze medal winner for best documentary at the Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Our Spotlight article is another "don't miss" — NPR's first director of programming, Bill Siemering, reflects on public radio's history and its path to the future. Speaking of the future, have you ever heard of QR codes? You'll want to check it out.
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"Shackelford and Millington's Forever: Afterword" (17:28)
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A Short History of Threads in Transitions
By Bill Siemering
As a member of the founding board of directors of NPR, Bill Siemering wrote the original mission and goals for NPR and was then hired to implement them as the first director of programming in 1970. With the staff, he created All Things Considered and later, in 1987 at WHYY-FM, developed Fresh Air with Terry Gross from a local to a national program. Today he is the president of Developing Radio Partners, an organization that strengthens the quality of radio stations and programming in developing countries. In this essay, Siemering reflects upon some of public radio's history and its path to the future.
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AIR/ITVS Independent Journalism Scan
Closing date: December 31 at 11 p.m. ET
AIR teams up for the first time with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) to conduct a comprehensive online survey of independent public media journalists. The survey, to be widely distributed across radio and television, will help paint a clearer picture of the economy for independent contributors — which programs or organizations commission the most work — and provide a glimpse at what revenue streams outside public media dominate. If you are an independent radio or television journalist and haven't yet taken the survey, please contact email@example.com to learn more.
Media That Matters Conference: Storytelling Across Platforms
Save the dates! February 10–11, 2011
American University's Center for Social Media and Arts Engine, Inc. join forces for this gathering of media producers and organizations to focus on today's evolving media world. Details will be posted on AU's website as they emerge.
AIR Board of Directors
February 17, 2011
Integrated Media Conference (IMA)
March 10–11, 2011
This gathering of public media professionals returns after a brief hiatus. Agenda is shaping up, and a "limited number of discounted tickets are available" if you are an IMA member. Details as they emerge on the conference are available here.
Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound
The broadcast … coming soon!
AIR presents a one-hour special based on the collection of essays by AIRster John Biewen and Alexa Dilworth. This celebration of public media makers and the art of storytelling is produced by Atlantic Public Media. The Kitchen Sisters, Jay Allison, and Ira Glass give us a roundup of personal stories and insight into how they got their respective grooves. Launch date on PRX is TBD. Stay tuned!
Block of Time: O'Farrell Street
Guest blog post by Krissy Clark
My latest adventure in what I've come to call "location-based storytelling" was featured earlier this month in a San Francisco festival of "locative media urban community" called City Centered, sponsored by the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts and KQED.
My installation, "Block of Time," was a site-specific radio documentary/cell phone tour/super-hyper-local-journalism experiment, on the 900 block of O'Farrell Street between Polk and Van Ness. So what happened?
Read On at MQ2.org . . .