Jones posted on Monday, October 21st, 2013 | Blog, PRX | No Comments
Originally posted on Generation PRX.
At PRX HQ, we’ve been talking about how to improve PRX in a number of ways, including some exciting changes to profile pages, audio and, ultimately, listening. It’s a project we’re calling PRX NXT. We asked Director of Project Management Matt MacDonald, who heads up the project, to break it down.
GPRX: Take it from the top: What is PRX NXT?
Matt: PRX NXT is a significant refresh and update to the PRX.org website, improving the publishing process and creating brand new piece and producer profile pages with a focus on increasing listening.
GPRX: What are the biggest changes producers will notice as it rolls out?
Matt: Producers will notice that piece pages will be updated to make it much easier for people to listen to their stories and share their work. We know that visitors to PRX often first experience a producers work via a piece page, that essentially a piece page is a homepage for PRX and the producer. With that in mind we’re focusing on designing that page to encourage more listening. Right now when you visit a PRX piece page it is very much geared toward the marketplace, producers selling pieces and stations buying pieces. The most visible change will probably be how much we’re improving the listening experience.
GPRX: How will these changes help producers get audio work out in the world?
Matt: I’d say the most important change that we’re making relates to the listening experience. PRX.org has always been an open and transparent marketplace and the listener community has just sort of come along for the ride. With PRX NXT we are creating a world-class listening destination for professional audio and storytelling producers. We want to make sure that when a producer points someone to their PRX piece or producer profile that they get a great listening experience.
GPRX: Anything else we should know?
Matt: We’d love to hear what producers at all stages of their career and experience level need to improve their work and build audience. Whether you are looking to become a professional producer or a skilled hobbyist, we want to make sure that PRX is the home for your audio stories.
Have an opinion? Fill out the PRX Producer Survey.
Rekha posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013 | PRX, PRX Projects | No Comments
We’re proud to announce that The Moth is now mobile.
The Moth app for iOS and Android, developed by PRX, is the latest product of our ongoing effort to bring audio stories to the places — and devices — where people listen.
The app is also more evidence that great things happen when PRX and The Moth get together. Acclaimed public radio show The Moth Radio Hour, presented and distributed by PRX, is now on 260+ stations. (And yes, those episodes are on the app, too!)
(Cross-posted from our PRX Apps blog.)
The official press release is below.
THE MOTH APP BRINGS POWERFUL PERSONAL STORIES TO IPHONE AND ANDROID
Renowned storytelling organization partners with Public Radio Exchange (PRX)
for effortless, elegant mobile listening experience
New York, NY (October 18, 2013) – Renowned storytelling organization The Moth has partnered with Public Radio Exchange (PRX) to release a mobile app that gives listeners access to audio stories from The Moth’s live events, its top-rated podcast, and its award-winning public radio show, “The Moth Radio Hour,” distributed by PRX and produced by Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.
Moth stories span the great range of human experience. Storytellers come from all walks of life to stand in front of a live audience and tell their funny, sad, and moving stories without notes. The app features hundreds of the Moth’s stories, including rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels’ confession of his love for Sarah McLachlan, writer Malcolm Gladwell’s wedding toast gone horribly awry, and A. E. Hotchner’s death-defying stint in a bullring with his friend Ernest Hemingway.
The app’s minimalist design keeps the stories front and center:
• Favorite stories you want to remember
• Share stories you want others to hear
• Download any story for offline listening
“We are thrilled about the possibilities the Moth app brings to our listeners,” said Sarah Haberman, the Moth’s Executive Director. “It is the perfect storytelling hub where Moth fans can find and share their favorite stories, whether they appeared on our Radio Hour, our podcast or at a live event. The Moth could not have achieved this milestone without PRX, and we are confident the app will serve to strengthen and broaden an appreciation for the power of storytelling among current and future listeners.”
“The Moth apps marry PRX’s love of stories with our insights into how listeners access content on mobile devices,” said Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX. “As public radio expands to serve audiences on emerging platforms, PRX and The Moth are pioneering new paths.”
The app was developed by Public Radio Exchange, which distributes The Moth Radio Hour, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Public Radio Exchange (PRX) has developed acclaimed apps for This American Life, PRX Remix, and Radiolab, PRX also just announced the second class for Matter, its media-tech accelerator that fuses the values of public media with Silicon Alley entrepreneurship (See coverage in NY Times, AllThingsD).
ABOUT THE MOTH
Originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch in Georgia (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen), and then recreated in a New York City living room, The Moth quickly grew to produce immensely popular events at theaters and clubs around New York City and later around the country.
Today, The Moth is a nonprofit organization with ongoing programs, all of which contribute their best stories to The Moth Radio Hour: The Moth Mainstage where celebrities appear alongside unique voices from all walks of life; The Moth’s StorySLAM competitions, which are open to all and rapidly expanding to cities across the country; and The Moth’s community outreach program, MothShop, which brings workshops to people whose stories would otherwise go unheard.
ABOUT PUBLIC RADIO EXCHANGE (PRX)
Public Radio Exchange (PRX) is an award-winning nonprofit public media company, harnessing innovative technology to bring compelling stories to millions of people. PRX.org operates public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering thousands of audio stories for broadcast and digital use, including The Moth Radio Hour, Reveal, Sound Opinions, State of the Re:Union, Snap Judgment, and WTF with Marc Maron. PRX Remix is PRX’s 24/7 channel featuring the best independent radio stories and new voices. PRX is also the leading mobile app developer for public media, with apps including Public Radio Player, Radiolab, This American Life, WBUR, KCRW Music Mine, and more.
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Jake posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 | Blog, PRX Projects | No Comments
We are excited to announce Matter Two!
This was an extraordinarily competitive and rigorous selection process. Hundreds of startups applied from across the U.S. and from around the world. It’s clear that word of Matter has spread, and our focus on mission, our design thinking and entrepreneurship program, and our growing community of mentors and partners is a beacon for many remarkable entrepreneurs.
We conducted in-person interviews with the top 48 semi-finalists and then selected 20 finalists to complete an 8-hour design thinking assignment that tested key assumptions about the desirability, feasibility, and viability of their ventures.
And then we jumped into a round of intensive follow-up conversations, product demos, code reviews, reference checks, due diligence, and many, many, internal discussions about our choice.
We are so proud of the result – Matter is investing in 7 media startups that will change media for good:
Connu helps emerging writers find, connect with, and monetize audiences through publishing the best new short stories.
Contextly enables publications of all sizes to be both informative and viable in the age of drive-by readers by marrying editorial wisdom to the power of algorithms.
Creative Action Network is a marketplace for artists, causes and supporters to harness their talents for good by creating, buying and sharing original, crowdsourced creative content and merchandise.
Formidable Corp. bursts the filter bubble to help connect you to people outside of your social circle.
GetCast empowers creative professionals to take control of their careers by connecting them through a platform that helps them showcase their work, hone their craft, and collaborate on a global scale.
Hacklog empowers individual journalists to be more relevant to their audiences, impactful with their stories, and in charge of their careers by providing honest analytics.
Woopie (Write Only Once, Publish It Everywhere) empowers writers and publishers to easily reach their audiences on all devices and platforms through a digital content publishing tool focused on responsive design.
Last week, these 15 mission-driven entrepreneurs packed up their lives and converged on their new home in San Francisco. They traveled from as far as Finland, Argentina, and Ireland and from as close as SOMA and the Mission. Matter has officially gone international.
Their journey kicked off with an intense, week-long bootcamp focused on building scalable media ventures using a human-centered and prototype-driven process.
The experience not only gave our entrepreneurs the tools and mindsets they’ll need to navigate the “drunken walk of the entrepreneur,” but also established the culture and community that will provide the true acceleration of the Matter experience.
Now, we drive to Demo Day. Each team with unveil their products on Feb. 20 in San Francisco and on Feb. 25 in New York City.
Where you see the teams now is just a snapshot in time. Each team will constantly iterate on its product, its distribution strategy, and its business model by getting out into the world, testing its assumptions, and gaining traction with their customers. The application process was all about testing to see if they could do that.
Each day they will be a step closer to hitting the sweet spot of feasibility, viability, and desirability. We are excited to see where they end up.
The adventure has just begun.
John posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 | Station Newsletters | No Comments
This week’s picks for stations: democracy, Halloween, and timely specials.› Continue reading
Lily Bui posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 | Blog, STEM Story Project | No Comments
This post is part of a series of posts featuring the stories from our STEM Story Project.
What motivates young people to become scientists? Meet Maricruz Jaramillo and Samoa Asigau, two young women scientists from opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean, whose professional aspirations have taken them to the Galapagos Islands. Science reporter Véronique LaCapra joined Mari and Samoa in the Galapagos, where they are studying a type of malaria that is affecting native bird populations there. “Following in Darwin’s Footsteps” profiles their research and personal journeys into science, and highlight the changing face of scientific research. The Galapagos Islands — Charles Darwin’s inspiration and a touchstone in the history of evolutionary biology — serve as a sound-rich backdrop.
For producer Veronique LaCapra, gathering the audio and photos for her story were just the beginning. There were physical challenges as well, including
- Hiking up a steep, rocky hillside to get to one of the field sites, in the dark (before dawn), with all my recording/photo gear
- Not being able to drink the water in my room at the field station (or even brush my teeth with it). Sometimes the water went off altogether…
- Very variable weather — hot most of the time, but could be very chilly if it rained, or at night, or at higher elevation
As if physical toil wasn’t enough during her trip to the Galapagos, Veronique also experienced some close encounters with the insect kind. Centipedes, to be exact.
There was really only one thing I was sort of concerned about — a kind of centipede that is endemic to the Galapagos Islands. It’s poisonous — enough to put you in the hospital, if a larger one bites you.
[My] first night in the Galapagos, what did I see walking along the wall, right above my bed? A five-inch-long centipede (and a really big spider, but I wasn’t AS worried about that!).
There was nothing I could do about it — it was too high up on the wall for me to knock down (you’re actually not supposed to kill them, since they’re only found in the Galapagos and are protected). I left the room and by the time I came back again, it had disappeared. I checked in my bed…under my bed…nothing. So I just hoped for the best and went to sleep!
Fortunately for us, Veronique made it back to the U.S. and lived to tell the tale–both her own and that of scientists Maricruz and Samoa.
Image: Veronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio
Want to follow in Darwin’s footsteps and get a close-up view of the Galapagos? Try out Darwin for a Day, a citizen science application that allows you to explore the Galapagos Islands through Google Street View and document its unique plants and animals.
Rekha posted on Monday, October 14th, 2013 | PRX Remix | No Comments
There’s lots happening at PRX Remix these days.
Welcome, new Assistant Producer!
We are thrilled that Erika Lantz is joining Roman Mars and Sam Greenspan to make Remix even more awesome. Read her introductory blog post (a rite of passage for all PRX newbies) and say hello sometime.
Thanks to all who applied – it was quite a group!
We’ve updated the license terms.
The new terms more clearly capture Remix’s expanding cross-platform nature. Please go here to review the new language. You can always manage your Remix permissions in My PRX under Outside Purchaser Preferences, or in Edit Piece.
PRX treats your work with respect and care. Remix is breaking new ground in the public radio and story listening experience, and we’re grateful for the role your work plays in this effort.
Any questions? Contact us.
Audrey posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 | PRX | No Comments
If you have not seen Snap Judgment live, you are missing out.
In fact, Ira Glass says,”Snap Judgment puts on one hell of a live show.” Ira would not tell a lie.
If you live in the L.A. area, get your tickets now to see Glynn Washington and Snap Judgment at the Nokia Theater on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8 PM.
Erika Lantz posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 | Introductions, PRX, PRX Remix | 1 Comment
Hello! I’m Erika, the new Assistant Producer for PRX Remix. I feel very lucky to join a team of such imaginative people.
I grew up in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes and Minnesota Public Radio. I spent a lot of time making music and thinking about words, and feeling torn between the two. Then it hit me that words and sound work together all the time. I turned to radio.
I got my start at KFAI in Minneapolis. Since then, I’ve spent time at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, APM’s Performance Today, State of the Re:Union, and, most recently, WBUR.
I’ve worked in other media, but sound affects my emotions more than any other thing I perceive. There’s no better way to get drawn into a story, a perspective, a place. Good radio makes me feel connected, in some new way, to the world around me. It seems to me most of us spend our lives looking for connections like that.
PRX Remix lets you roam a sonic world more immersive and surprising than you find on traditional radio stations. There’s a whimsy to the random curated stream. You can bump into subjects you might not have thought to learn about, trip over shows otherwise unencountered, and get lost in archival sounds from the past. I’ll be spending my days scouting for new producers and sounds. I’ll share the best on PRX Remix.
Beyond building new platforms, PRX keeps looking for ways to push the medium while supporting storytellers. In the few days I’ve been here, I’ve already learned about upcoming projects I think you’ll want to hear about. I’m excited to get to work. Stay tuned.
John posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | Station Newsletters | No Comments
This week’s picks for stations: Reveal, American Graduate, and future specials.› Continue reading
Sam Greenspan posted on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 | PRX | No Comments
When producer Laura Starecheski first visited Creedmoor, a psychiatric hospital in Queens, New York, she just wanted to interview to residents who were participating in an art program. Most of the residents she encountered were hard to connect with, except for one: a man named Issa Ibrahim.
Issa was an artist and a musician. He spoke eloquently and wore trendy clothes. He seemed normal. Laura didn’t know why he was being hospitalized, and why he had no release date.
That was back in 2004. It took Laura another six years of visits and interviews with Issa to find out what landed him at Creedmore–and another three years to find out why he was still there.
This is a documentary nearly a decade in the making. It’s a story about mental health, a neglectful healthcare industry, but mostly, it’s about one man’s struggle to hold onto his humanity. Don’t miss it.
“The Hospital Always Wins,” by Laura Starecheski for State of the Re:Union. Now on PRX Remix.
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