This week, LEF Program Director Sara Archambault shares these thoughts:
We are extremely fortunate in New England to have a wealth of media
innovation growing from our region. Much of this activity is centered in
Boston at the universities or through start-ups. One such organization
making ripples that start here and send waves across the world is AIR –
the Association of Independents in Radio. AIR is at the hub of innovative platforms in storytelling for public media throughout the US.
Transmedia is the word of the day! A lot of energy has been going to the newest generation of multi-platform, interactive, crowd-sourced nonfiction work. The brains behind these experiments are most often creative partnerships between producers and technologists, many hatched at the hackathons happening around the globe. Hot Docs just hosted a marvelous sampling of this work at their Hot Hacks event
. Thanks to the brilliant leadership of Ingrid Kopp, Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) organized an entire day, open to the public, sampling and discussing this work at TFI Interactive: The Future of Storytelling in the Digital Age
. The BAVC Producers Institute for New Media Technologies
has been leading in this space since their beginnings in 2007 ( applications for their next institute open up this June). And in our own backyard in Boston, FRONTLINE teamed up with PRX
to create a hack day supporting their films.
The past few years have seen new energy and investment in thinking about
what’s next for public media. Projects like the Public Radio Talent
Quest and MQ2 have inspired an eruption of creativity and new ideas,
many of them germinating from brain trusts right here in our own
backyard in Cambridge. Nellie recently wrote about Zeega and the
brilliant innovations being cooked up by the likes of Jesse Shapins,
Kara Oehler and James Burns. They have a partner in crime nearby in Sue
Schardt from AIR (Association of Independents in Radio). In her
leadership of the organization, Sue has put AIR at the forefront of
innovation in storytelling and their new project Localore is just
another example of the kind of vision that AIR is contributing to new
experiments in public media.