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Thousand Kites combines art, activism and public media 2.0

Art and advocacy have long gone hand-in-hand, but now public media 2.0 is making it easier for users to collaborate on creating artistic projects that promote dialogue around issues of social justice. For example, Thousand Kites is a media arts collaboration focused on prisoner rights. The project was conceived in 1998 when Nick Szuberla and Amelia Kirby, hosts of a hip-hop radio program in the Appalachian region, began to receive letters from inmates that described racism and abusive treatment. Read more...

Hyperlocal news aggregators grow in sophistication

The range of “local” broadcast news used to be determined by two things: transmitter strength and the ratio of available advertisers to eyeballs. Now, with cheap digital production and anywhere/anytime distribution, “hyperlocal” projects can target clusters of users, block-by-block. Such granularity opens many new possibilities for public media 2.0.Read more...

The Intersection of Media Literacy and Public Media 2.0

Media literacy – the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms – can often overlap with the production of public media 2.0. With school terms starting around the country, we decided to step away from showcasing a particular project and to take a broader look at how educators are introducing students to social media tools.Read more...

Economy Story serves as hub for public media economy collaboration

Both the proliferation of new platforms and the shrinking pool of funding for media outlets has driven a boom in collaborative journalism projects, which combine the strengths, skills, and resources of the partners in order to increase the depth of coverage and reach new audiences. Last year, public media organizations successfully collaborated in covering the election. This year, they've turned their attention to the economy.Read more...

The 1000 Voices Archive promotes discussion about social issues through film

“[G]ood stories have always been the most powerful way to engage and shape public dialogue, especially around the values that we really believe in,” notes Creative Counsel director Phoebe Eng in a podcast discussion, about the 1000 Voices Archive. Launched by the Creative Counsel and The Fledgling Fund in May 2008, this curated collection of short personal narrative films addresses social issues in the United States. Read more...