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New field report - Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Today the Center for Social Media is publishing the first in a series of "field reports" designed to illuminate innovative public media projects: Hip-Hop, Beyond Beats and Rhymes. Read more...

Shifting It Around – ShiftSpace Challenges Content Ownership and Distribution

The internet promises an open information environment, but with control of much online content held by individual website owners, the true "democratization" of information is stymied. A new tool called ShiftSpace is looking to change this by allowing users to add original meta-layers, or "Shifts," on top of existing websites, helping to craft a fluid public space where users can contribute original content and commentary.

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The New Media Hits New Hampshire

Two days before 30 American University students arrived to fan out across the Manchester, NH Primary-land and film 3 to 5 minute mini-docs on the youth vote’s interaction with the 2008 Presidential election, a San Francisco-based television network set up a storefront to do the same thing.
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Ford Foundation Public Media Grantees Driving Innovation in the New Year

With the start of the new year, the Ford Foundation’s Future of Public Media Initiative grantees, an alliance of leading nonprofits, continue with the work and initiatives that shape the face of public media for the future. Below are some of the projects that they have been working on:


Public Radio Capital is using PRC's newly capitalized Public Radio Fund for short-term financing of radio acquisitions and is managing confidential transactions to expand public radio services in several top media markets.


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