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In This Issue:

Mining for Gold ...
One Community at a Time

Come on, and lean in. Here's the Localore lowdown. In the Spotlight, Executive Editor Noland Walker calls for producers eager to up public media's ingenuity quotient, and for stations ready to dig deeper into their neighborhoods to unearth new stories and storytellers. If seeing is believing, our launch video will get you there.

Sam Schongalla,
AIRblast Publication Manager

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Jim Colgan
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WATCH: The Localore Launch (6:35)

This Indie Filmmaker Crosses Over
By Noland Walker

Last month, AIR launches an exciting new initiative aimed at nothing less than widening the reach of public broadcasting and broadening its service to the American public. To this end, Localore will identify talented, inspired, and highly motivated media makers — radio and television producers, reporters, filmmakers, gearheads, and sound artists — and provide them with the resources and support to take public media "outside" to the far reaches of communities where public broadcasting is seldom engaged. They'll do this by creating collaborative projects with public media stations around the country. In this way, AIR hopes to build new capacity for experimentation in local markets and encourage a new culture of research and development.

Administered by AIR and funded by CPB, the MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and the NEA, Localore will distribute more than $1 million to 10 producers leading the projects.

Localore's executive editor, Noland Walker, introduces you to himself and the project.

Read On . . .

Spotlight Archive

To Do

Third Coast Filmless Festival
October 23
Chicago, IL

Is Chicago in your future this fall? Consider making a date with Third Coast and their annual celebration of sound, story, and listening. There'll be audio documentaries, producer Q&As, and an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the TCF/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

AIR's Sounds Elemental: Wood (with Bob Bielecki)
December 15–19
@ Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center
New York City

Integrated Media Association (IMA) Conference
March 7–8
Austin, TX

For the second year, IMA offers a public media "preconference" to the SXSW Conference convening in March. There will be a CEO summit, and sessions are beginning to take shape. There are discounts for early registrants. Keep your eye on this space for new details.

SXSW / Interactive
March 9–13
Austin, TX

The 19th annual SXSW® Interactive Festival attracts many of those envisioning and influencing future creative technology. Great networking, stimulating presentations — the contingent of pubmedia makers has grown in recent years. Find out more here.

Cool Tool: HiFutureSelf

Deadlines at your doorstep? Send reminders and alerts to your future self with the HiFutureSelf app. Compose your text, schedule the time, and send your message into the future. Time travel for free! — Sam Schongalla

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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