AUDIO & RADIO | Outreach, Research & Support
a non-profit member driven organization, AIR offers what is arguably the most prominent daily discussion listserv of people who are active and working in many aspects of public radio: a well connected, supportive and influential group comprised of reporters and producers as well as representatives from NPR and other organizations.
provides a Mentor Program as well as discussion forums and archives.
articles in the reading room section include: Getting Good Ambient Sound, How To Mic A Field Interview, a primer on Audio Level Metering, Script Guidelines for a Speedy Edit, Jay Allison's Interviewing Tips for radio and more.
free on-line courses in radio, journalism and television.
offers workshops, seminars, networking opportunities, consultation and outreach.
"searchable online database of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century."
a "non-profit tax exempt public interest telecommunications law firm which promotes the public's First Amendment right to hear and be heard on the electronic media."
"representing listeners' and speakers' interests…before the Federal Communications Commission, other policy-making bodies, and in the courts."
"…dedicated to…the support and advocacy of independent film, video, audio and online/multimedia arts."
tips for journalists, industry info and calendars.
see: Journeys In Sound, seminar notes on the ideas and techniques of NPR's Jon Burnett, and Voicing the Story: The Art and Craft of Podcast Narration.
activists who "…believe that a free, diverse, and democratic media is critical to the political and cultural health of our nation."
"…support(s) community groups at every stage of the process of building community radio stations, facilitate public participation in the FCC regulatory process, and sponsor events promoting awareness and support of media democracy and LPFM radio."
a non-profit, "marketplace for public radio pieces."
provides "peer-review and digital distribution of programming" direct to stations.
"The mission of PRX is to build a fair market for creative audio content…; to create more opportunities for diverse programming of exceptional quality … and importance to reach more listeners."
- Open a producer account on the PRX.
- Create a producer profile page with your bio, photo, home page links, etc.
- Upload air-quality versions of your pieces.
- Describe your pieces, including credits, transcripts, promo copy, and more.
- Choose category, keywords, other descriptive tags for each piece.
- Set price points for your pieces within PRX established per-minute range.
- Preview, rate, review, and discuss other pieces.
- View ratings, reviews, and carriage/usage/pageview statistics for your pieces.
- Receive periodic payments for any station downloads/carriage of your pieces.
see also GenerationPRX, introducing young voices to radio & sound.
"provides access to the commercial and archival audio holdings of the Library of Congress."
at the University at Albany, State University of New York.
"a production, distribution, and instructional center for all forms of aural history" with a weekly radio show, now on hiatus due to budgeting constraints ((hear archives and podcasts here)).
"mission: …to provide teachers, students, researchers and the general public with as broad and outstanding a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, conference sessions, commentaries, archival audio sources, and other aural history resources as is available anywhere."
an international audio festival that looks for "bold, creative and thought provoking work" — documentaries, investigative journalism and features — and regularly presents streaming audio of award winning and notable works.
listen to the stories currently archived in the audio library.
jump over to the conference page for their current and past Conference highlights and to hear documentary competition winners.
"…clear guidance -- both technical and conceptual -- on how to create original radio productions."
"…channeling new work and voices to public radio… a performance space, an open editorial session, an audition stage, a library, and a hangout."
get inside a radio documentary class at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism with This American Life producer, Alex Blumberg.
AUDIO & RADIO
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