Public Media Scan: Straight from the lab

Here’s the story with the Scan: Technology. Journalism. Cool media craftsmanship. Once a week on Thursdays.

And here’s the backstory: Julie Drizin had been working with the producers from  Makers Quest 2.0 (the first round of pubmedia R&D projects that AIR produced), analyzing and reporting on their experiments. The Public Media Scan widened the scope of her research, and turned into a weekly email to people who were interested in keeping an eye out for fresh ideas.

Julie handed the Public Media Scan off to Jessica Clark when our next round of R&D, the Localore productions, began. And in May, Jessica handed the keys to me. All along, the goal has been to inspire creativity, encourage diversity, and provoke questions about what is possible in our field.

As these projects definitely do:

The New ‘Snowfall.’ The Des Moines Register’s “Harvest of Change” demands our attention. (Requires Oculus Rift or a plug-in, and some time to play with it. Beware of motion sickness.)

Once and Future Things. Skeptics and contrarians (i.e. reporters, editors) line up for Amy Webb’s annual “10 Tech Trends” talk about what’s next for news. Slide deck here.

And a Little Analog. Audio artist Magz Hall turns books into FM radios that broadcast their contents. A 1:59 interview.

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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Editor’s note: This post has been corrected to reflect that Magz Hall’s radio books broadcast on an FM signal.