Jake posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 | Blog, PRX | No Comments
Please join me in welcoming Janet Balis as our newest member of the PRX board of directors!
Janet is an accomplished digital media executive who has just started a new position as Chief Revenue Officer at Betaworks in New York City. Prior to Betaworks Janet most recently served as Publisher of the Huffington Post and held senior roles at Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Time, Inc. and Aol.
“I’ve been an avid public radio listener my whole life,” says Janet. “I’m excited to join PRX as an innovative organization defining new models for public media content, distribution and engagement.”
Janet joins PRX board members Henry Becton, Torey Malatia, Susan McKeever, Ashton Peery, Jake Shapiro, and Bruce Warren.
Genevieve posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 | Blog, Press Releases | No Comments
The service — a lightweight web application developed by Pop Up Archive with PRX — allows content creators to store, search, and access audio files from anywhere, with additional features like automatic transcription, keyword generation, and timestamped search.
Plans are available for both individuals and organizations (like public radio stations!). Indies, head on over to popuparchive.org to get started. (By the way, Pop Up Archive is integrated with PRX so individuals can log right in with their current PRX accounts.)
Media organizations, newsrooms, and archives: check out Pop Up Archive’s time-saving enterprise services.
Questions, comments, or anything audio on your mind? Let Pop Up Archive know.
Get the official word below in the press release, and see you in the Archive!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2013
Media Contact: Anne Wootton, popuparchive.org, 510 463 4066, email@example.com
Pop Up Archive lends a new (searchable) voice to sound
Oakland, CA The web is getting noisier — but sound is trapped on servers and hard drives, untranscribed and unheard. Pop Up Archive has built simple tools to help journalists and media organizations find and reuse sound.
Developed with the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) through support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Pop Up Archive is a workspace and audio search tool for journalists, archivists, and the institutions supporting them.
Pop Up Archive is:
● Immediate automatic transcription
● Keyword extraction and tagging
● Timestamped search results
● Transcript refinement
Pop Up Archive enterprise features include:
● Mass ingest
● Archival processing and metadata creation
● Newsroom integration
● Team access
● Publishing to thirdparties
● Longterm digital preservation at the Internet Archive (archive.org).
● Amara (amara.org) for perfect transcripts and translations.
Pop Up Archive is lightweight, designed to fit individual workflows and some of the biggest media collections in the world. Pop Up Archive began with rigorous user research across media industries and archives. Initial partners and clients of the service include Illinois Public Media, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Pacifica Radio Archives, and the Studs Terkel complete radio archive, curated by the WFMT Radio Network and the Chicago History Museum.
“As radio and history lovers, we support the creators and archivists who make and preserve our collective memory,” said Pop Up Archive cofounder, Bailey Smith. “Around the office, we talk about the magic of serendipity — what we discover and create when voices from the present and past are searchable. Pop Up Archive liberates undiscovered sound.”
“PRX is excited to collaborate with Pop Up Archive to develop this innovative service,” said Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX. “We share Anne and Bailey’s vision of preserving and expanding a diversity of voices from radio and beyond, and will use PRX’s distribution platform to ensure that exceptional stories reach audiences everywhere.”
“Pop Up Archive is the smart solution we’ve been waiting for. The team is ahead of the curve in ways that make our job easier and our team more effective,” said Joaquin Alvarado, Chief Strategy Officer, Center for Investigative Reporting.
“Archiving and preserving audio is an ongoing challenge for content creators; tackling the issue becomes even more important as technologies continue to evolve,” said Michael Maness, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism and media innovation. “With its entrance into the mainstream market, Pop Up Archive is filling a major gap—providing newsrooms, journalists and others with an easy way to apply audio to enrich the quality and breadth of their storytelling.”
About Pop Up Archive
Pop Up Archive inspires the next generation of media by giving a new voice to audio on the web. Cofounders Bailey Smith and Anne Wootton’s first challenge was thirty years of unsearchable audio from San Francisco producers The Kitchen Sisters. The result: simple tools that organize sound through automatic transcription, tagging, and search indexing. Pop Up Archive is a winner of the 2012 Knight News Challenge: Data and is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in addition to serving on the Innovation Working Group of the Library of Congress National Digital Stewardship Alliance.
PRX is an awardwinning 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, 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 such as Public Radio Player, Radiolab, This American Life, WBUR, KCRW Music Mine, and more.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation advances journalism excellence in the digital age through an array of media innovation projects and other initiatives. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.
About the National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars.
Jones posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 | Blog, PRX at Ten | No Comments
This post is part of PRX at Ten’s Where Are They Now series about former PRX staff.
Back when Generation PRX started YouthCast in 2006 — a podcast to showcase the best in youth-produced radio — we decided to look for a smart host who could reach both youth and adult audiences. Kiera Feldman – who began in youth radio at KBOO and was a Brown University junior at the time – basically blew the lid off what we asked for and elevated the job to art form. Funny, talented and whip-insightful, we knew Kiera was destined for greatness. Now a freelance reporter for the Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund, we asked Kiera to share what she’s been up to since the good ol’ YouthCast days.
I often find myself returning to something I read in a Transom essay some years back. “Radio is my first love,” wrote Gwen Macsai, “and like a first love, no matter how far you stray and no matter how badly it ended, your heart still skips a beat when it walks through the door.”
Back when I hosted PRX’s alt.NPR YouthCast podcast (2007-2008), I thought of myself first and foremost as a Radio Person. I’d be making annual pilgrimages to public radio conferences ’til I died, I thought. But these days, my shotgun mic is stashed away beneath my bed, still a treasured possession but more of a relic from another time. (It’s an AT835b, because I know you want to know.)
To recap: after graduating college in 2008, I moved to Brooklyn because it was a thing people did. I found a new extracurricular: producing segments for a progressive radio collective on WBAI called Beyond the Pale, and I’ve stuck with it ever since. (That first year, I also worked on PBS documentaries and as a fill-in producer at WNYC.) I was the only 20-something in the lefty radio collective, which meant I’d get goaded into doing all the stories that involved young people and going into the belly of the beast. I was a Radio Person working with print people on a volunteer-run show, and gradually I became a print person, too. It started with doing magazine versions of radio stories, like this n+1 story about Jews for Jesus.
The thing was, in the radio world, there just wasn’t much opportunity to do longform narrative storytelling of the muckraking variety–which I discovered was what really made me tick. But that’s a thing you can do in magazines, and I’m deeply indebted to radio: my ear for dialogue, being able to pull off the print version of the perfect tape-to-tape transition, being able to do interviews where you get people to recount events so that you can reconstruct it as a scene later (the Ira Glass “and then what did you say? And then what did she say? And what was going through your mind?” approach), and on and on.
Lots of my stuff is on my website, but here are some highlights:
+ The story I’m most proud of: “Grace in Broken Arrow,” about child sex abuse cover-up at an Oklahoma megachurch. (Over at the Nieman Foundation, I laid out some of my thoughts and working theories about trauma reporting, investigative narrative, and the tremendous honor and responsibility of being entrusted with vulnerable people’s stories.)
+ “The Romance of Birthright Israel” in The Nation. The story was funded by the awesome and amazing Investigative Fund, which is supporting a few of my current projects (thus making it possible to be a freelance investigative reporter).
+ The last radio story I did–a dispatch from the Birthright trenches–and it is pretty funny, I must say.
+ “Living the American Dream in the West Bank” for VICE: about New Yorkers who become West Bank settlers (“the long white flight,” I called it in a follow-up story).
John posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 | Station Newsletters | No Comments
This week’s picks for stations: Third Coast’s Best of the Best, remembering JFK, and Pearl Harbor.› Continue reading
Audrey posted on Monday, November 18th, 2013 | PRX | No Comments
The 99% Invisible team reached their 10,000 backer stretch goal and received an additional $20,000 grant from MailChimp. Amazing!
In a project update posted yesterday, Roman announced the next stretch goal and it’s one we here at PRX are particularly happy about.
For a couple years, I’ve been scheming with PRX to create a collective of exceptional radio shows that will push the boundaries of public radio. Modeled after 99% Invisible, we want to provide support for a select group of creator-driven, high-quality, entrepreneurial programs that will establish a path to success for the most talented audio producers.
Any pledges collected over the $350K mark in the 99% Invisible Season 4 Kickstarter will go toward starting a seed fund for the collective.
We’re getting really excited to share more about what we’re up to, but for now, read the rest of Roman’s note and consider making a pledge.
kerri posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 | Blog, PRX at Ten | No Comments
PRX is home to the largest open marketplace of independent public radio content. Stations of all sizes buy weekly shows, specials, short pieces, and long documentaries. We take pride in the quality and variety of content that stations can buy and present to their audiences.
Stations are also active producers. One of our founding objectives was to make good on the “X” part of PRX. The exchange was intended for stations, recognizing their dual role as consumers and producers.
This is why we’ve been watching WFIU of Bloomington, Indiana. They have been a consistent royalty earner on PRX, often in the top 20 each quarter.
What makes WFIU stand out? They post several regular series on PRX and the royalties have added up. At this point, WFIU has made back their PRX membership two times over. Yep, more than double.
WFIU has been broadcasting since 1950 bringing classical music and jazz to southern Indiana. They are charter members of NPR, showing their early and deep roots in public service. Back in 2004, they joined PRX and quickly saw us as a distribution path as well as a valuable catalog from which to select material.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with PRX — it gives smaller stations like ours a great opportunity to get to much larger audiences and helps other stations extend their programming resources.” -Will Murphy, Program Director
So today we salute WFIU – they are producing great content locally and distributing it nationally. PRX helps them get it out into the world… and monetize it!
(Hey, other stations! The lesson here: charge for your pieces! Choosing zero points is okay for a one-off special, but if you do a weekly series, we encourage you to charge points so you make royalties.)
Lily Bui posted on Friday, November 8th, 2013 | Blog, PRX, STEM Story Project | No Comments
This post is part of PRX’s STEM Story Project series.
For a long time, scientists have known that breathing in soot from vehicles and power plants is bad for us. But the soot itself might not be the problem—at least not entirely. Scientists have found that particles live a ‘secret life’ once released into the atmosphere, picking up toxic gases and other hitchhikers before making their way into our lungs.
In researching Tracking the Secret Life of Soot, producer Reid Frazier was struck by how the scientists he spoke with described the properties of soot as it ages in the atmosphere. Their words of choice were “sticky” and “gooey,” not exactly the most scientific terms in the book! “It struck me as a wonderful way to describe the process–it’s visceral,” he explains.
But how to convey that through audio? Then one day, Frazier had an idea:
“I was at home writing the script one day when I looked at my garden—really, just a patch of untended flowers and weeds. I got an idea. I dug a hole, filled it up with water, then took my shoes off and stood in the muddy pit I’d created. I turned my mic on to capture the mucky, suction-y sound of me trying to lift my feet out. This is how I made that goopy sound you here in the background of the story as one of the scientists explains what happens to a soot particle in the atmosphere. It was the most fun you can have working—getting to walk barefoot in the mud. And it made great ‘gooey’ audio.”
Since Reid’s piece came out, a new study from MIT found that 53,000 people a year die prematurely because of automobile pollution in the U.S., compared to 34,000 people a year who die in traffic accidents.
Air pollution has also been implicated in low birth weight (and subsequent health problems and premature death), 430,000 premature deaths per year in Europe, and 4,655 premature deaths in São Paulo in 2011. Emissions from cars are a major cause of Beijing’s infamous smog.
Learn more about the secret life of soot and other particles in the air around us by listening to Reid’s piece.
Want to help monitor local air quality? A new citizen science project named AirCasting allows you to use your smartphone to record and share data about the air quality around you.
Image from EarthTimes.
Audrey posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 | Blog, PRX | No Comments
A few months ago, our colleague Rebecca Nesson threw her name in the hat to tell a story at one of the Cambridge Moth storySLAMS. Her story was so exceptional that it led to her telling her story at a Moth Mainstage show at the Somerville Theater. And this week, the story is featured in the Moth podcast!
By day Becca works on PRX’s mobile apps, including of course The Moth app.
We all knew Becca was a talented developer but we didn’t know how gifted she was as a storyteller. Proof is in the puddin’. Listen and enjoy.
Here’s Becca on The Moth’s homepage this week!
John posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 | Station Newsletters | No Comments
This week’s picks for stations: Turkey Day, Veterans Day, and JFK.› Continue reading
Audrey posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 | PRX | No Comments
In 2011, Kickstarter launched their Curated Pages feature. PRX was one of the first creative institutions chosen to feature projects that we love and we’ve seen many of those projects funded successfully. Check out our page.
There are two new projects that we’re particularly excited about.
99% Invisible, a tiny radio show about design hosted by Roman Mars has set out to fund their 4th season, and not only have they reached that goal, they’re just about to reach their second stretch goal.
There is still a lot of money to be raised in order to hire another producer (healthcare for staff was the first stretch goal, very cool) and MailChimp is putting up a challenge grant. So now is the time to pledge if you have not already. Even $1 helps.
Tiny Spark is a radio program that investigates the Business of Doing Good. Host Amy Costello has investigated organizations like Toms Shoes and medical volunteers in crisis zones. Help this indie outlet bring us more investigative stories via more frequent podcasts, new staff, and an enhanced website.
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