Updated: Current Series Unpacks How Localore Projects Help Stations Innovate

Current.orgCurrent—the newspaper of record for the public media sector—has a running series of articles exploring how the Localore's teams are working with partner stations to invent new ways to connect with their communities. Catch up below, and bookmark this post to discover new pieces as they go up.

June 4: WYSO Explores Industrial City's Reinvention 
WYSO [General Manager] Neenah Ellis said the Reinvention project has been a “true collaboration” and has turned out just as she hoped....“I knew it was a chance for a station like ours to engage local media artists to take the station to the next level in terms of multimedia production”

May 8: Planet Takeout Offers Menu of Stories
The Planet Takeout website was designed to emulate the experiences of customers who walk into these neighborhood restaurants to place an order, as well as of the employees working behind the counter. ...The cinema verité-style videography lends a feeling of intimacy to stories that can be experienced in a non-linear way.  

April 18: Mapping the Places Where "Music is Made All the Time"
“There’s music being made here all the time, in all kinds of places,” said Hawk Mendenhall, assistant g.m. at KUT. “This not only tries to spotlight that, but it encourages the community to put it on the map.....It’s become a really valuable community asset,”

March 14: Storytelling "Pop-Up" Builds Bridge from KALW to Oakland
KALW is committed to supporting the project for another year... [the station's Audrey] Dilling wrote, “We’ve refined the project into something that is sustainable and will continue to make change in the community and KALW.”

February 25: Pubradio Journalist Wants Western Colorado to "See Change"
“It is a source of pride for people that we were able to market our station to a nationally funded project and that we were successful in attracting a multimedia producer here,” [KVNF General Manager Sally] Kane said. “In general I think that the [public media] system doesn’t place a high enough value on the contributions that rural stations are making and can make.” 

February 11: Thinking Inside the Bubble: Sonic Trace Explores Roots of L.A. Latinos
KCRW is committed to continuing its involvement with Sonic Trace, according to Harriet Ells, KCRW program director for arts and culture programming....The stories from Sonic Trace aren’t “focused on a specific thing,” Ells said. “What they’re covering is a . . . portion of the population of Los Angeles. That can inform so many of our content areas. I see them contributing to almost every show that we produce here.”

December 18: Big Oil, Big Changes Spotlighted in Black Gold Boom
...said Bill Thomas, director of radio. “It’s a huge story for our state, and having this has enabled us to get some serious, intimate coverage of the oil boom.” 

November 16: WBEZ's Curious City Brings Its Inquisitive Audience Into the Reporting Action
...reporters in WBEZ’s newsroom have embraced the project, according to [Chicago Public Media CEO Torey] Malatia. "No one [on staff] actually says, "Damn, gotta do another Curious City," he said. “They look forward to it. They hope they can be part of it. They enjoy it immensely."

November 2: With Young Actors, Localore's Interactive Ed Zed Omega Critiques Education System
The project has inspired [TPT Interactive Producer Andi] McDaniel to look for more ways that TPT could use actors to facilitate conversations, as the EZO students have done. [Lead producer Ken] Eklund’s improvisational approach to creating and guiding interactive games has inspired TPT to be more nimble, she says, possibly by creating a division within the network that regularly undertakes such projects.