PHOENIX - Public radio program directors got a taste of the revamped A Prairie Home Companion with a preview that followed Tuesday sessions at their annual conference. New host Chris Thile didn't shy from his goal for the night: wooing them. "Let the brown-nosing begin," Thile said early in the roughly hour-and-a-half show.
NPR is increasing organizational support for its Story Lab initiative, created last year to develop new podcast, program, and segment ideas. Michael May began running Story Lab last June as an experiment, but now some of the processes he established will become more formalized and invite participation from across the organization.
KUOW in Seattle is working with an independent producer to create new episodes of a podcast about parenting a transgender child. How to Be a Girl features the pseudonymous "Marlo Mack" discussing her life as a single mother raising her daughter.
Ask Bill Kling about the most important project he's working on right now, and he gives an answer you might expect from a retired man. "Skiing and hiking," the founder of Minnesota Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media recently told Current by phone.
The most-watched presidential debate in U.S. history wasn't just a boon for television. NPR's website enjoyed its largest single-day audience ever Monday, thanks in part to a page that provided live fact-checking during the debate, the network said Tuesday. More than 5 million users visited NPR.org Monday.
PHOENIX - Public Radio Exchange will receive a $1 million grant to help five public radio stations develop podcasts. Under the "Project Catapult" initiative, PRX will seek stations' pitches for podcasts over the next six weeks. It will pick five stations to participate in a 20-week program that will help them develop the podcasts and offer guidance in monetization and audience engagement.
PHOENIX - CPB will provide an initial investment of $400,000 for a fund to honor NPR photojournalist David Gilkey and translator Zabihullah Tamanna, who were killed in June while on assignment in Afghanistan. NPR CEO Jarl Mohn announced the fund Tuesday here at the Public Radio Program Directors Association conference.
The Big Listen, a program from WAMU in Washington, D.C., that introduces listeners to new podcasts and their creators, will be distributed by NPR beginning Oct. 6, less than a year after the show's local debut. "The freshest and most compelling voices in media right now are emerging from the podcast world," said Andi McDaniel, WAMU's head of content, in a press release.
WNYC, ProPublica, Google News Lab and a broad coalition of news organizations announced Thursday a reporting initiative to track and report on voter experiences throughout the U.S. in the upcoming election. "Most newsrooms in America are asking an important but premature question while polls are open: 'Who's winning?'" said Scott Klein, ProPublica deputy managing editor and the project's leader, in a press release.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".