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Web Sparkles

Levels of enlightenment. Rules to live by. Ways of being. Things to avoid. People love to make lists that promote understanding or help others along the way -– and love to number them. There are ten commandments and seven deadly sins. Twelve-step programs. Five or seven pillars of wisdom, depending on the author. The five stages of grief are now common knowledge, and no longer limited to incidents of mortality. You, the independent producer, may well pass through them before finally agreeing to build the website that will showcase your media gems. But for you, seeker, wisdom awaits in this month's Spotlight, where seven aspects illuminate the path ahead ...

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AIR's Public Media Scan

AIR Grows

Say hello to a fresh crop of members:

DJ Bernard/Oak Island, NC,
Carroll Parrott Blue/Houston, TX
Dan Brekke/Berkeley, CA
Eli Chen/Astoria, NY
Matt Cowley/Tampa, FL
William Dahlberg/Birmingham, AL
Diane Finlayson/Baltimore, MD
Elizabeth Friend/Chapel Hill, NC
Shannon Geis/Brooklyn, NY
Sue Hilderbrand/Chico, CA
Haley Howle/Austin, TX
Jacquie Jones/New York, NY
Alexis Kenyon/Berkeley, CA
Ravenna Koenig/New York, NY
Andrew Mills/Doha, Qatar
Kye Yves O-P/Oakland, CA
Jocelyn Peirce/Ontario, Canada
Sruthi Pinnamaneni/Brooklyn, NY
Anna Prouty/New York, NY
Nadia Reiman/Brooklyn, NY
Meghan Roguschka/Boston, MA
Shant Shahrigian/New York, NY
Jacqui Shine/Chicago, IL
Tess Vigeland/Los Angeles, CA

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New Member Spotlight: Ellen Berkovitch

Follow Ellen on Twitter: @adobeairstream

Joined AIR: January 2013 after attending Board Member Claire Schoen’s Soup-to-Nuts radio training the month before. (Thanks, Claire!)

Hails from: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Who? Veteran print journalist turned digital media producer. Ellen is the founder of (A2) an online art magazine on contemporary art, music, film, and design from Santa Fe, Austin, and Denver that attracts 30,000 visitors a month (and counting!).

Cool gig? A2 spent a week in March in residence at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where Ellen and her team interviewed Institute audiences in a mobile sound booth and then produced a podcast series.

Beyond radio: Ellen is a member of the international flan tasters' society and also a competitive paella chef.

Looking for? Says Ellen: “I'd love to hear member discussions around how to generate wider distribution opportunities for arts coverage from regions across public radio. Plus: maybe more listening lounges someplace closer to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Denver, and/or Boulder?”

Giving back? Get in touch with Ellen if you want to learn more about monetizing an online magazine (and explicitly a podcast), bond over your passion for radio, or if you live in Santa Fe. She says, “I can host some weary travelers in need of paella or flan.”

The road ahead? “I’m hoping that the opportunities to create podcasts in concert with presenting-arts organizations is a fruitful new direction,” says Ellen. “I’m also engaged in another redesign of timed with entering our year five (yay) and am simultaneously working on an infographic or creative mapping tool for my site.”

Make It Real
An Open Letter to You and Your Website
By Jeff Emtman

This month’s Spotlight is on Jeff Emtman, a photographer and independent producer based in Boulder Colorado. Jeff is a practitioner of a field he calls "social portraiture,” in which he incorporates visual and aural elements to tell stories. His podcast, “Here Be Monsters," features audio documentaries about fear and the unknown and is heard by listeners on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher, and other outlets as well. But you can find ALL of Jeff’s combined work on his website. We were curious about how he thinks about his site: the decisions he makes as he constructs and updates it, and how it fits into the larger scheme promoting and distributing his work. We told him that a lot of producers were mystified by creating websites — and we asked him to share some information with us. So he wrote us an open letter.

Read On . . .

Spotlight Archive


New Localore Metasite! A one-stop guide to all 10 Localore projects. Laying tracks for a new 21st-century public media.

AIRmuse Archive

To Do:

Making Media Now Conference
May 3
Boston, MA / Mass College of Art

Hosted by Filmmakers Collaborative, the theme is Living the Connection Economy, exploring how to best bridge the “creative/business” divide to open the way to new forms of storytelling, production, distribution, and engagement. More here.

National Federation of Community Broadcasters Conference (NFCB)
May 29–June 1
San Francisco, CA

The Making Of...
May 30–June 1
San Francisco, CA / Museum of Modern Art

Crowning a year of Localore production, The Kitchen Sisters, KQED, and invited guests present a smorgasbord of media celebrating The Making of…

Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMDMC)
July 11–13
Atlanta, GA

Public Radio News Directors Conference (PRNDI)
June 18–22
Cleveland, OH

National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association Conference
August 22–25
Boston, MA

Public Radio Program Directors Conference (PRPD)
September 17–19 SAVE THE DATE!
Atlanta, GA

Prix Italia
September 21–26
Turin, Italy

This international competition and celebration of radio, television, and multimedia convenes for the 65th time. You’ll find eligibility requirements are here.

Prix Europa
October 19–26
Berlin, Germany

Europe’s largest festival for TV, radio, and online media. A number of U.S. producers have been honored through the years; programming must be made in Europe. Gates for submission for the competition open May 1. Deadline is July 1.

Filmless Festival (from the Third Coast International Audio Festival)
October 19–20 SAVE THE DATE!
Chicago, IL

This celebration of the “art of listening” comes just every other year, and this one is IT. Our inimitable colleagues at Third Coast lead us into the deep recesses of “ear” in ways like no other. Don’t miss a beat by signing up for their alerts.

Cool Tool:
Investigating Reporters: More Depth in Less Time.

A two-time Knight New Challenge grantee, DocumentCloud is a searchable public online archive of primary source documents. But it's more than that. It helps journalists make sense of sets of documents, with tools for sharing, annotating, and plotting their dates on a timeline (and more!). If you've ever felt overwhelmed when doing primary source research for a story, this tool may be for you. Check out how newsrooms across the world are using DocumentCloud — including The New York Times, The Guardian, PBS, and WNYC. Will you try it out? — Erin Mishkin

Tap your inner innovator . .  .Find inspiration on the AIR blog

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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