iSeeChange Fact Sheet
About: iSeeChange is a public media experiment that fosters multimedia conversations between citizens and scientists about how seasonal weather and climate extremes affect daily American life. Founded in early 2012— the warmest year on record in the history of the United States—iSeeChange has documented the earliest ever spring growing season, a landmark wildfire season, and severe droughts in the Rocky Mountain West, focusing on stories that reveal the ways in which climate affects every citizen and binds communities together. Produced by Julia Kumari Drapkin in Western Colorado at KVNF Mountain Grown Community Radio in collaboration with interactive storytelling partner Zeega, iSeeChange is a part of Localore, a nationwide production of AIR, with principal funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Mission: The iSeeChange Almanac provides communities that depend on nature a dynamic crowd-sourced reservoir of information to help them navigate decisionmaking in the context of climate extremes. The iSeeChange Almanac provides tools for users to journal their climate and weather experiences—their observations, feelings, questions, and decisions—against near-real time climate information. Ultimately, by understanding community information needs in a localized context, the iSeeChange Almanac helps both public science and public media to better understand the value of information to communities and tailor information to aid their decision-making in the future
Online and broadcast platforms: iSeeChange radio features air on KVNF radio during the morning newscast and in conjunction with the public affairs program, “Local Motion.” The audio from these programs, and accompanying video features appear on kvnf.org and on Soundcloud at http://bit.ly/iSeeChangeFeatures. Later this spring, iSeeChange will produce an hour-long radio documentary with accompanying multimedia, and an iSeeChange feature story, set to debut on a nationally broadcast public radio show in April 2013. The online culmination of the iSeeChange project is TheAlmanac.org, intended for use by the community, scientists, journalists, and public resource managers.
Video Trailer: A video introduction to the Almanac and iSeeChange stories can be found at: http://bit.ly/ iSeeChangeTrailer
iSeeChange Staff: Julia Kumari Drapkin (lead producer), Lindsey Wagner (Zeega's Director of Projects & User Experience), Andrea Lecos (Graphic Designer), Jay Casteel (Lead Web Developer), Dan Leininger (Programmer, UI designer), Michelle Nijhuis (editorial advisor) and Loretta Williams (editorial advisor).
KVNF Community Radio has been serving the Western Slope of Colorado since 1979 with news programs from
National Public Radio, local news, and current affairs, and an eclectic mix of musical genres.
AIR is a creative brain trust made up of more than 960 media makers from across the US and 20 countries
worldwide who are re-imagining and reinventing public media and journalism for the 21st century. Learn more at airmediaworks.org.
Zeega is dedicated to inventing new forms of interactive storytelling through its award-winning multimedia
publishing platform and a growing series of innovative documentary projects that span the globe and uncover new perspectives on human experience.
Funding: AIR is producing the Localore initiative with financial support from the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts
Contacts: Julia Kumari Drapkin, Lead Producer, 917.720.7327, firstname.lastname@example.org Jessica Clark, Media Strategist, AIR, 215.964.9844, email@example.com