By Jessica Clark / January 08, 2014
It's official: Curiosity is contagious.
Incubated at WBEZ by producer Jennifer Brandel as part of AIR's Localore production, open newsroom project Curious City is not only flourishing in Chicago, but has found a new host in Dayton, Ohio public radio station, WYSO.
By Jessica Clark / June 25, 2013
Curious City is on the move! Last week, at the IRE Conference, the Knight Foundation announced that they'd selected Localore producer Jennifer Brandel's WBEZ-based project, Curious City, for a grant from their Prototype Fund. Today, Brandel is in Boston at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference, talking about how this will help her team build out the project so that other stations can incorporate it into their newsrooms. Catch her on the livestream at 3:00 ET.
By Jessica Clark / June 04, 2013
Current—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”
By Jessica Clark / May 08, 2013
Wondering how AIR's national production evolved from a blue-sky idea to the ten evocative multimedia projects now animating public stations across the country? Grab a bucket of popcorn and lean back to watch This is Localore.
Filmmaker Josh Banville directed and edited this half-hour documentary stepping us behind the curtain with the producer-station teams—revealing how they have taken big risks to lead projects that grab the attention of communities across broadcast, digital and street platforms.
By Jessica Clark / April 16, 2013
By Jessica Clark / April 10, 2013
On April 22, AIR will present the full scope of its national Localore production with the launch of a new metasite and a public screening at Boston’s Brattle Theatre.
By Jessica Clark / April 08, 2013
AIR's national Localore production team flocks to the east coast in April for a series of important events. We hope you'll come meet the producers and stations behind the revolutionary work being launched across the country.
By Jessica Clark / March 28, 2013
In NYC on April 20? Come mingle with AIR's national production team at MEGAPOLIS Celebrates Localore: The After Party.
During the day of April 20th the Tribeca Film Festival spotlights all ten Localore productions as part of an exciting celebration of new, groundbreaking digital storytelling work. That night, the party at DROM will bring together Locolore participants and MEGAPOLIS attendees for a night of music, dancing, and merrymaking.
By Jessica Clark / February 19, 2013
What can you get in Chicago that you can't from any other place?
This was the question that Chicago newcomer Brenda Guzman had for WBEZ reporters when they met her in an Albany Park laundromat called "Rags to Riches." The question "sang with possibilities," writes Localore producer Jennifer Brandel, "...what did she mean? Unique objects? Unique experiences? Maybe ... unique people? Brenda told us something like 'anything goes' — she’d be open to whatever we could find."
By Jessica Clark / January 29, 2013
Ever wondered how accents, neighborhoods or giant softballs formed?
Listen below for answers from Localore's Curious City team: Lead producer Jennifer Brandel, editor Shawn Allee, intern Logan Jaffe and a rotating cast of WBEZ reporters and inquisitive citizens.