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Let's Change Up Public Media
By Stephanie Foo
Stephanie Foo, one of AIR's 21 New Voices scholars, was asked by AIRblast to pose a question to some of her colleagues: "What do new pathways into public media look like?"
Read full essays from the New Voices here.
Public radio has a reputation for being old, elitist, and whitewashed. Many of my friends are minorities or come from low-income backgrounds. They think that Fresh Air is a kind of Febreze.
Until recently, most program directors at public radio stations were just fine with that. To even engage in competition with mainstream media and its flashing lights and screaming cacophony seemed to compromise the integrity of public media. The thought was, "We don't need the MTV audience."
Except … increasingly, we do. Getting minorities and young people to tune in isn't as difficult as you may think. Forget the w-w-wacky ways of announcing your call sign. Here are five critical steps to diversifying public radio.
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International Communications Association Preconference
NFCB Community Radio Conference
San Francisco, CA
Personal Democracy Forum conference
New York City, NY
Scribe Video Center Producers' Forum
in assocation with AIR
These gatherings bring together nationally and internationally acclaimed independent media artists to discuss projects that reflect current issues, concerns, and trends in community. Join us as award-winning producer Lu Olkowski presents her work.
The Flaherty Seminar: Sonic Truth
Colgate College/Hamilton, NY
The Flaherty is "a nonprofit organization dedicated to the proposition that independent media can illuminate the human spirit" with a mission to "foster exploration, dialogue, and introspection about the art and craft of all forms of the moving image." Its 2011 annual seminar, focused on sound, brings together a diverse group of filmmakers working in nonfiction and hybrid media to examine the sound and musical elements of their work. For more information, including registration details, go here.
Silver Spring, MD
PRPD Public Radio Programming Conference
September 20–23 Save the date!
Online News Association Conference
Check out the sessions listing.
New Member Spotlight:
Who? AIR's New Voices scholar, writer, and radio producer whose stories have appeared on This American Life, Radiolab, NPR, and in a number of magazines.
Joined AIR: March 2011
Creds: Graduated from Columbia University's School of Journalism in 2008. Interned at NPR's Science Desk and This American Life before landing his current producing gig on The Speakeasy out of Oregon Public Broadcasting.
More creds: His piece "The New Stu" — about how the small, conservative town of Silverton, Oregon, elected the country's first transgender mayor — aired on Radiolab in 2009 and won the National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Association's Excellence in Radio Award. Listen to it here.
Insight on new producers making it in public radio? "Perhaps the biggest barrier into the profession is the fact that it's so hard to gain the experience necessary to acquire a paying job without either first paying for a graduate degree or spending considerable time in mostly unpaid internships. To individuals without the financial resources to fund such programs, one of the only ways to gain experience is fellowships and grants. I've long known there were fellowships out there, but they seemed hidden and distant — something one has to stumble across or spend considerable hours on the Internet searching. I think the AIRwiki is a brilliant tool to confront this problem."
Read the rest of Aaron's report and other essays from our New Voices scholars here.