The iSeeChange project and its website, thealmanac.org, are now featured in a beautiful new metasite produced by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio. Our very own Julia Kumari Drapkin (we'll always call her "ours") will be presenting the iSeeChange project she developed in the North Fork Valley to various media interest groups across the country in the weeks to come.
On April 22, AIR presents the full scope of its national Localore production (localore.net) with the launch of a new metasite and a public screening at Boston’s Brattle Theatre. The public will join dozens of producers and stations from across the country for “An Evening with Localore” at the DocYard. The debut of a documentary and interactive site will reveal how this unprecedented R&D initiative has forged new pathways to a more nimble, inclusive and bottom-up public media and amassed an audience of more than 27 million across platforms. Hari Sreenivasan of PBS NewsHour will lead a Q&A with Localore Executive Producer/AIR Executive Director Sue Schardt, Localore Executive Editor Noland Walker, and the full production team.
In another first, each of AIR’s 12 Lead Localore Producers will also present at the Tribeca Film Festival’s TFI Interactive on April 20, as part of a celebration of thinkers and innovators from the worlds of film, media, gaming, technology, and society.
The 12-month development phase for this $2 million initiative yields a broad range of fully formed new transmedia formats and strategies. The local teams, representing hundreds of collaborators in communities large and small, make good on AIR’s assignment to “go outside” — to use their ingenuity to blend technology in new ways to carry public media to more citizens via broadcast, digital, and “street” media. These local skunkworks have successfully dissolved some of the legacy barriers between radio and television organizations, introducing new models of opportunity for producers interested in expanding their approach to craft and formulating a new vision for community engagement.
AIR is a vibrant, tightly networked association of nearly 1,000 journalists, documentarians, technicians, media entrepreneurs, and sound artists working at the front edge of public media reinvention. The Boston-based organization’s mission of identifying, cultivating, and deploying talent has shaped this unusual distributed production.
Click here to see the entire press release on the events.