About Us

AIR is a broad and growing network of nearly 1000 media makers, journalists, producers, technologists, and sound artists who represent an important and vital driving force in the media-technology revolution underway.

This unique constituency is made up of those gifted in story making across broadcast and digital media platforms—those with high fluency in the production values and service ideals of public media. They are deployable as trainers, producers, and agents of community engagement—taproots into hyperlocal regions coast to coast across the U.S. and in 25 countries around the world.

Through its demonstration initiatives, MQ2 (2008–2009) and Localore (2011–2013), AIR is pioneering new, producer-driven paths to a new and transformed 21st-century public media.  

What's New?

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Curious to learn more? Visit the Localore site, check out the latest coverage and announcements, read the Q&A on the project's launch with Executive Director Sue Schardt in Current, catch up on recent developments in our blog, or watch the videos below:


This is Localore travels across the country in spring 2013 for a half-hour look at how the Localore producers transformed public media:


Localore: The Story So Far provides a snapshot of the initiative at its midway point in 2012


AIR People

Jessica ClarkJessica Clark
AIR Media Strategist

Jessica  is an online producer, researcher, and journalist focused on media, technology, and what drives change. From 2007 through mid-2011, she directed the Future of Public Media initiative at American University’s Center for Social Media and contributed to a number of related projects: helping to launch the Public Media Corps, co-organizing the Beyond Broadcast and Public Media Camp conferences, and writing regularly for PBS MediaShift. She has co-authored several influential publications on shifts in journalism and public media, including Spreading the Zing: ReImagining Public Media Through the Makers Quest 2.0 with AIR Executive Director Sue Schardt, and Beyond the Echo Chamber (New Press, 2010). 

Erin MishkinErin Mishkin
Membership Director

Erin is the lead wrangler for AIR's expansive, diverse membership. Prior to joining AIR, Erin attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies radio program in Portland, Maine and directed the Digital Natives research project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She also worked for several years at the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS), where she drafted communications, shopped for tchotchkes, and managed PRSS's presence at public radio conferences and events. Erin also worked for several years at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, helping teens create video and audio pieces. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Regional Youth Media Arts Education Consortium at the ICA.

Sue Schardt
Sue Schardt

AIR Executive Director and Localore Executive Producer 

AIR’s Executive Director Sue Schardt is an award-winning producer and independent strategist who assumed leadership of AIR’s network of nearly 1000 producers in 2007. She presents frequently on media-technology. Recent engagements include the Features Conference “Think Tank” in Leipzig, Germany, the FCC’s Washington, DC workshop on The Future of Media in the Digital Age, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s Co-Creative Communities: Forum and Lab in Melbourne. In October 2012, Schardt presented Artist, Maker, Changer at the 177th National Endowment for the Art’s National Council on the Arts meeting with Action Architect Elizabeth Streb and Economist David Wasserman from the US Department of Commerce.  She presents on “Full Spectrum Journalism” at the 2013 Power of Narrative Conference in Boston. Schardt also serves as a Director on the Distribution and Interconnection Committee of the NPR board, sits on the advisory board of Native Voice One and is an Artistic Advisor to NPR’s From the Top. She is a long-time music DJ on MIT’s free-form radio station WMBR in Cambridge, MA.


Noland WalkerNoland Walker
Executive Editor, Localore

Noland Walker is the Peabody Award-winning producer/director of “Revolution,” an episode of PBS’ Africans in America series (1998). He is also an Emmy winner for his work as a producer/director on the television documentary A Day in the Life of Jeremiah Burke High School (2001). He wrote and co-produced the Emmy-nominated documentary Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006) and his film Citizen King (co-writer, co-director) won critical acclaim around the nation as well as internationally. He produced and co-wrote the documentary feature Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008) and teaches writing at Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia.


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