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Chasing innovation: Where we look

A pair of binoculars

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: curator@airmedia.org.

 

Media making projects

Fusion Interactive

http://fusion.net/section/interactives/

Solutions Journalism.org

http://solutionsjournalism.org/examples/

NPR Local

http://local.npr.org/

Guardian Interactive

http://www.theguardian.com/interactive

National Film Board of Canada

https://www.nfb.ca/

Australian Broadcasting Corp.

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/

Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

http://www.cbc.ca/

The Beeb

http://www.bbc.co.uk/

TPT Rewire

http://rewire.tpt.org/

Transom

http://transom.org/

Matter

http://matter.vc/

 

Media reporting on and/or curating projects

The Nieman Lab

http://niemanlab.org

Storybench

http://www.storybench.org/

Poynter’s MediaWire

http://www.poynter.org/category/mediawire/

ONA’s Interactive Narratives

http://www.interactivenarratives.org/

NPR’s Social Sandbox

http://socialmediadesk.tumblr.com/

PBS’s MediaShift

http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/

Local News Lab

http://localnewslab.org/

Media Impact Funders

http://mediaimpactfunders.org/

BetaKit (Canadian start-up news)

http://www.betakit.com/

Design Taxi

http://designtaxi.com/

JSK Journalism Challenges at Stanford

http://knight.stanford.edu/journalism-challenges/

Current

http://www.current.org/

The Public Media Scan archive

http://airmediaworks.org/pubmediascan

 

Hackers, Coders and Toolmakers

MIT’s Center for Civic Media

https://civic.mit.edu/

MIT’s Open Docs Lab

http://docubase.mit.edu/

Northwestern’s Knight Lab

http://knightlab.northwestern.edu/

The University of North Carolina’s Reese News Lab

http://reesenewslab.org/projects/

BBC News Labs

http://www.bbcnewslabs.co.uk/

Hacks Hackers

http://hackshackers.com/

  

Graphics, design and data visualization

Reddit’s Data Is Beautiful channel

http://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/

Scoop.it for digital journalism

http://www.scoop.it/t/giornalismo-digitale

Data for Good

http://dataforgood.io/

Information is Beautiful

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/

Gawker’s Art Blog

http://art.gawker.com/

 

Blogs and newsletters

Alberto Cairo’s The Functional Art

http://www.thefunctionalart.com/

Lily Bui’s Chase the Wanderlust:

http://chasethewanderlust.wordpress.com/

Sound/Art/Text

http://sound-art-text.com/

Biocreativity

https://biocreativity.wordpress.com/

Melody Kramer’s newsletter, which is archived on her blog

Newsletter: http://www.tinyletter.com/melodykramer

Blog: http://www.melodyjk.com/

American Press Institute’s Need to Know newsletter

http://www.americanpressinstitute.org/category/need-to-know/

Local Fix by Josh Stearns

http://tinyletter.com/jcstearns/archive

Electronic Interestingness by Amy Webb

tinyletter.com/ElectronicInterestingness/

Real Future by Alexis Madrigal

http://tinyletter.com/realfuture

Hot Pod by Nick Quah

http://tinyletter.com/hotpod/archive

Storybench by Aleszu Bajak for Northeastern University

http://tinyletter.com/storybench/archive

Re:Sound from Third Coast International Audio Festival

http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/library/collections/2-re-sound 

PRX’s station and producer newsletters

http://www.prx.org/newsletters

  

Miscellaneous

This.cm (requires membership)

https://this.cm/

Museum Without Walls

http://museumwithoutwallsaudio.org/audio-download/

Our Innovation Trackers Twitter list

https://twitter.com/AIRmedia/lists/innovation-trackers

Our AIR members Twitter list

https://twitter.com/AIRmedia/lists/air-members

Our AIR New Voices Twitter list

https://twitter.com/AIRmedia/lists/new-voices

Public Media Innovators group on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/publicmediainnovators/?ref=bookmarks

Public Media group on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pubmedia/?ref=bookmarks