Each week, AIR sends a very short email – the Public Media Scan – to 3,500 subscribers. It’s stripped down: three projects or ideas that offer something refreshing and new for public media.
The alumna-curators of the Public Media Scan built a simple, beautiful machine. It started with Julie Drizin, now the executive director of Current, followed by Erin Polgreen (Symbolia) and Jessica Clark (Dot Connector Studio).
When Jessica handed the Scan to me, she warned that it is meant to be “an oasis” for people who are tired of the slog of routine media and tech projects. “You will spend a lot of time looking for it,” she said.
Here are some of the places I look – an incomplete and ever-growing list. If you have ideas for more spots, please send them my way: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media making projects
National Film Board of Canada
Australian Broadcasting Corp.
Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
Media reporting on and/or curating projects
The Nieman Lab
ONA’s Interactive Narratives
NPR’s Social Sandbox
Local News Lab
Media Impact Funders
BetaKit (Canadian start-up news)
JSK Journalism Challenges at Stanford
The Public Media Scan archive
Hackers, Coders and Toolmakers
MIT’s Center for Civic Media
MIT’s Open Docs Lab
Northwestern’s Knight Lab
The University of North Carolina’s Reese News Lab
BBC News Labs
Graphics, design and data visualization
Reddit’s Data Is Beautiful channel
Scoop.it for digital journalism
Data for Good
Information is Beautiful
Gawker’s Art Blog
Blogs and newsletters
Alberto Cairo’s The Functional Art
Lily Bui’s Chase the Wanderlust:
Melody Kramer’s newsletter, which is archived on her blog
American Press Institute’s Need to Know newsletter
Local Fix by Josh Stearns
Electronic Interestingness by Amy Webb
Real Future by Alexis Madrigal
Hot Pod by Nick Quah
Storybench by Aleszu Bajak for Northeastern University
Re:Sound from Third Coast International Audio Festival
PRX’s station and producer newsletters
This.cm (requires membership)
Museum Without Walls
Our Innovation Trackers Twitter list
Our AIR members Twitter list
Our AIR New Voices Twitter list
Public Media Innovators group on Facebook
Public Media group on Facebook