Public Media Scan: 74 Haunting Seconds

You know the story by now, right? Each week in the Public Media Scan, three items at the intersection of technology, journalism, and blended media craft. The goal is to inspire creativity, encourage diversity, and provoke questions about what is possible in our field. 

One of the things I like is the juxtaposition of high-speed, high-intensity projects (see Conor McNamara at the Ryder Cup, below); langorous art projects that take months of thought and work (see: “Body of Water) ; and — perhaps especially — light, beautiful and simple things like KPLU’s recording of a shofar in a 2 million-gallon cistern. 

So, without further ado, this week’s scan has something for every aesthetic and every attention span:

• Hustle and Show. One guy, one phone, one event, six (or so) apps, a few hundred thousand social views. BBC Radio’s Conor McNamara gives a lesson.

• 74 Otherworldly Seconds. If you’ve never heard an antelope-horn shofar echoing in an abandoned cistern, KPLU has done you a huge favor.

• ‘Dive Down and See What’s There.’ Independent producers Veronica Simmonds and Katie McKay capture a summer’s worth of lake swimming in “Body of Water.” Scroll slowly.


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