Public Media Scan: Love & ghost stories

You know the Scan: three items at the intersection of of tech, journalism, and media craftsmanship, with an eye toward delight.

This week was heavy on the delight.

No one at AIRster HQ could quit clicking through “The And,” answering questions and watching a new one-minute documentary every few minutes. (“It’s like the opening of ‘When Harry Met Sally,'” Bec Feldhaus Adams said.) For me, the fun was in the puzzle of what’s going on backstage — how was each clip tagged, how did the clips relate to the answers on the quiz, how did it work

Glynn Washington, on the other hand, is delight from the opposite direction: a master performer breaking down the elements of an art form. (Fair warning: the gifs that accompany his ghost storytelling primer are pretty intense.)

Finally, we got an experiment in progress: two bots from NPR’s Serendipity Day that are still in beta testing. The creators — Melody Kramer, Jason Grosman, Daniel Newman and Nick DePrey — built them fast and asked Twitter to find the flaws. You can help.

Here are your links:

Choose Your Own Relationship. “The And” asks four questions and kicks back a customized mini-doc about love. Cool, and the tagging and site architecture are even more intriguing. Backstory here.

Glynn Washington Irving?  How to tell a ghost story: “[T]he scariest thing I could see would be a ghost who looks just like me, but a little bit different.”

Bots As Reference Desk.  Tweet a ZIP code to @findmystation to find the local NPR affiliate; tweet NPR links to @similarnews and it suggests further reading.

As always, if you know (or if you have made) a beautiful, innovative or intriguing piece of work that deserves a wider audience, send it my way, please:

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