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Localore backs crowdsourcing, collaborative doc projects

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Localore backs crowdsourcing, collaborativedoc projects
Jan. 30, 2012
By Karen EverhartLocalore incubator KVNF runs a radio camp for kids.
Localore, a $2 million innovation initiative pairing independentproducers with public stations, on Jan. 30 unveiled 10 projects designedto help reimagine how local pubcasters serve and engage theircommunities.The winning proposals include several crowdsourced reporting projects,an interactive website on the North Dakota oil boom that is bothpersonalized and data-driven, and an alternate-reality game for high-school seniors. The 10 grantees were selected from an applicant poolthat narrowed from 61 stations to 27 in December.
Association of Independents in Radio is spearheading Localore withfunding from CPB, the National Endowment for the Arts and twofoundations. Each of the 10 finalists will receive a $100,000 grant toproduce their project with a partner pubcasting station, dubbed an
“incubator.” Stations committed in
-kind and cash support.A core objective for Localore media, as AIR Executive Director Sue
Schardt says, is to “go outside” the station’s traditional audience and
core broadcast service, using digital media to innovate new concepts forcommunity service. The competition adds station partners to the mix of its 2009 incubating project, Makers Quest 2.0.The 10 Localore projects chosen included three at stations in rural areas:The North Dakota project, Black Gold Boom, will be produced by
Prairie Public Broadcasting
. Melby won’t be stationed inthe station in Fargo, however. He’ll embed himself in oil patches and“mancamps” around the state, producing multimedia portr 
aits of theworkers who left their families for their jobs. Melby will supplement thehuman stories with data-driven reports and mapping of oil-wellproduction.
Localore producers also will work at Colorado’s
, a communityradio station in a small town where coal miners, farmers and hippiescoexist, and
in Yellow Springs, Ohio, which broadcasts to itscounterculture-infused burg Yellow Springs and to Dayton.
Most Localore projects will work with urban stations:
Jennifer Brandel
with Chicago’s
Curious City: Let’s Get
Answers will create online and mobile tools for crowdsourcing,soliciting audience feedback for research and story selection incommunity journalism.
Anayansi Diaz-Cortes
in Santa Monica, Calif.
SonicTrace will ga
ther material about the ways immigrants’ ideas of self and
place shift in relation to their home communities.
Julia Kumari Drapkin
in Paonia, Colo.
A “citizenscience” crowdsourcing project, iSeeChange, will collect
observationsabout shifts in the weather, including photos, quotes and art, and willshowcase climate debates.
Ken Eklund
Twin Cities Public Television
, St. Paul
Get RealEd, an alternate-reality game, asks players to provide solutions to thehigh-school dropout problem, which is the focus of an ongoing nationalCPB initiative.
Delaney Hall
in Austin, Texas
A collaborative
documentary, “Austin Music Map,” will show the front porches, backyards, sidewalks, churches and other “third places” where
musicians meet informally to perform and commune.
Erica Mu
in San Francisco
PopUp Radio, a rovingcrowdsourced storytelling project, aims to build connections amongdisparate communities of the San Francisco Bay Area, by gatheringstories in everyday places and producing a series of playful events andbroadcasts.

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