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How to tell a story? Let me count the ways …

By Amanda Aronczyk

UnionDocs is a bustling media center operating out of a storefront in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Last year, AIR partnered with them to develop a new, weeklong immersion in “Full Spectrum” storytelling to give producers a chance to cultivate their chops and bring new imagination to translating and distributing their stories. NYC indie Amanda Aronczyk stepped up to lead a stellar team of instructors, including WNYC’s John O’Keefe, multimedia artist Ben Rubin, podcaster Jonathan Mitchell, and indies Ann Heppermann, Emily Botein, Michael May, and more. We asked Amanda to lay it down for us.

Read On . . .

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Arts Advocacy Day
March 24, 2014
Washington, DC

Representatives from a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations join hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country to push for strong public policies and increased funding for the arts. If you support NEA media arts programs, check this out.

Games for Change conference
April 22–24 and 26, 2014
New York, NY

Maker Faire
May 17–18, 2014 (San Francisco)
July 26–27, 2014 (Detroit)
September 20–21, 2014 (New York)

This international DIY circuit bills itself as "part science fair, part county fair" and brings together makers of all ages. It's a convergence of tech, craft, education, writing, and media-making. Intrigued? So are we. More here.

NFCB Annual Conference
May 28–31, 2014
Washington, DC

Registration is open!

Public Radio News Directors (PRNDI) conference
June 18–21, 2014
Washington, DC

Hot on the heels of AIR and PRDNI lauching a new legal and payment framework for producers and stations working together, PRNDI is offering AIRsters their member rate to attend their annual conference (thanks PRNDI!). Get the 4-1-1 here, and if you’d like to sign on, go here. We hope to have many AIRsters in the mix.

Hear Now Festival
June 19–22, 2014
Kansas City

This annual four-day audio fiction and arts festival offers a multifaceted program showcasing audiobooks, recorded and live storytelling, sketches, poetry, spoken word, as well as academic papers, juried competitions, presentations on the physics of sound, and performance workshops. Deadline for submission: March 15.

American Arts Annual Convention
June 13–15, 2014
Nashville, TN

Greater Public (formerly DEI) Development & Marketing Conference
July 10–12, 2014
Denver, CO

NAMAC conference
August 6–8, 2014
Philadelphia, PA

PRPD Annual Programming Conference
September 9–11, 2014
Portland, OR

Third Coast Conference
November 7–9, 2014
Chicago, IL

New Member Corner: Amy Guttman

Follow on Twitter: @AmyGuttman1

Joined AIR: February 2014

Currently hails from: London, England

Who? Amy is a 20-year veteran of CBS News, AP, Monocle Radio, Sir David Frost on Al-Jazeera, and others. Her background is primarily in TV and radio, and, most recently, she’s been delving into print and online. She enjoys covering everything from food and travel to hard news. Dig into her work here, including a piece in The Atlantic about how Italians are “upending decades of food culture by frequenting bakeries less and baking more loaves at home.” 

Why AIR? Says Amy, “I hope to interact with other members, particularly those who may be based outside the U.S., to exchange ideas about pitching stories to various outlets, and networking.” Welcome Amy to our community of makers.

The road ahead? Amy’s year will be full of reporting trips to places such as Iran, Mongolia, Israel, Latin America and Asia. Follow along via Twitter.

One more thing? Amy plays a mean game of backgammon.


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Dreaming of putting together a podcast, festival, or pop-up production, but daunted by the prospect of a fire hose of submissions? Tame the stream with Submittable, an online service for fielding and reviewing digital content — including audio, video, image and text files. The site puts tools honed by much larger publishers directly into your hands, allowing you to design creative challenges, as LongShot did in creating their 48-hour magazine. More eyeballs are better: multiple collaborators can use Submittable to sift and rank editorial submissions, or to tag crowdsourced entries with custom labels. Begin curating today with their free trial.

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AIR Grows

Déjà vu all over again. Say hello to fresh crop of members:

Tori Allen/Seoul, South Korea
Jim Burress/Atlanta, GA
Nathan Dalton/Berkeley, CA
Samantha Fields/New York, NY
Emily Friedman/Washington, DC
Emily Guerin/Paonia, CO
Amy Guttman/London, England
Brandi Howell/Oakland, CA
Will Huntsberry/New York, NY
Elizabeth Jenkins/Olympia, WA
Ryan Kailath/New York, NY
Laine Kaplan-Levenson/New Orleans, LA
Jennifer Kemp/Portland, OR
Ali Lightfoot/Paonia, CO
Kaitlyn Manning/Charlottesville, VA
Allison Mills/Missoula, MT
Luke Quinton/Austin, TX
John Schumann/Tulsa, OK
Clare Toeniskoetter/Detroit, MI
Nikki Zeichner/Brooklyn, NY

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