After a successful debut at the Public Radio Program Directors’ conference in Phoenix, Arizona, PRX has entered “soft launch” mode. The site is live, users are logged in and using the tools and services, but we are not yet publicizing or marketing the PRX to producers and stations on a large scale.
The Public Radio Exchange team will be in Phoenix at the annual Public Radio Program Directors’ conference September 10-13. PRX will have a booth and conference attendees will get a first look at version 1.0 of the PRX!
PRX is gearing up to work with this year’s Public Radio Collaboration – a coalition of public radio stations and producers across the country sharing programs and crafting their local air, all during the same week (November 3-9), to create a national conversationon on the issue of “Whose Democracy Is It?” PRX will host the audio and related materials for Collaboration programs as they become available in mid-September 2003, in preparation for the coordinated week of programming November 3-9. Collaboration producers will upload their content to PRX, and stations will be given free trial accounts on PRX to audition, review, and download via PRX. The Collaboration is “a coalition of public radio stations and producers across the country sharing programs and crafting their local air, all during the same week, to create a national conversation. This year, the week is November 3-9. And the issue is “Whose Democracy Is It?”
UPDATE: Chat transcript posted online.
PRX Executive Director Jake Shapiro is the guest this week on the Association of Independents in Radio “member spotlight”. The live online chat will take place Tuesday, August 12 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Jake will discuss PRX, its development and plans for the future, as well as his own career in and out of public radio that led to working on PRX.
PRX is currently in early beta-testing of the new web application that supports the full range of PRX services. We are about to invite a limited number of producers, stations, and others to help us test and tweak the site. If you’re interested in being a beta-tester (sorry, not a paid gig!) Steve Schultze, PRX Technical Manager (steve <a> prx.org).
PRX Executive Director Jake Shapiro and co-founder Jay Allison are hosting a session at the 2003 Public Radio News Directors Conference in Montreal on Saturday July 19th.
“PRX could break ground on several fronts.”
Current , the public broadcasting newspaper of record, checks in on PRX’s progress in the May issue.
Friday, May 16.
The New Orleans Marriott.
8:00 9:00 am. Light breakfast served.
Please join us at the PRC for a breakfast briefing on the Public Radio Exchange’s progress and preparations for imminent launch. We are gearing up for the first release of the PRX website and services over the coming summer, and we’re eager to tell you about it and get your input and ideas.
Over coffee and some Big Easy breakfast fare, we will:
- bring you up to date on the business planning, goals, and timeline of the PRX
- talk about the three key PRX services: digital distribution, peer review, and the PRX economy
- discuss the proposed models for use: showcase, modular, Internet, and station-station exchanges
- talk about the PRX’s emerging role in the public radio landscape, its relationship to PRSS and others
- show you new screenshots from the forthcoming PRX beta release
- brainstorm (if possible in the A.M.) on additional and future opportunities on the new PRX platform
You might want to check in at “Some Assembly Required: Collaboration and Systems for the Digital Age” with Jake Shapiro from the PRX, Marty Bloss of PRSS, and Bill Buzenberg of the Public Radio Collaboration.
We look forward to seeing you at the PRC!
RSVP to Jake Shapiro: firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: photos, audio, and slides available.
PRX Executive Director Jake Shapiro will be on a panel Saturday May 17 at the annual Public Radio Conference in New Orleans discussing digitial distribution and its impact on programming, alongside representives of the PRSS ContentDepot and the Public Radio Collaboration. Jake and PRX technical manager Steve Schultze will be on hand throughout the conference to answer questions about the PRX and demonstrate some prototypes. Contact Jake or Steve if you are planning to attend the conference and would like to schedule a meeting.