2016 • 3 years • Journalism & Media
The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 to advocate for the needs of independent freelance producers working in public radio in the U.S. AIR has created a set of programming – including grant programs, fellowships, and talent matching services – that promotes diversity, innovation, and independent perspectives throughout public media at the local and national level. MacArthur funds support general operations of AIR. The outcome of this grant is that the U.S. public will have access to more professionally produced nonfiction audio and multimedia stories and projects that better and more accurately reflect underserved communities across the country, challenge stereotypes, and provide opportunities for civic conversations and engagement.
2015 • 1 year, 4 months • Journalism & Media
The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) is a network of audio producers founded in 1988 to advocate and provide professional development opportunities for independent/freelance producers working in public radio across the United States. Since 2008, AIR has organized a series of national competitions in which independent producers and local public television and radio stations apply to work with one another on new local reporting projects that tell the underreported stories of each community using emerging technology. Throughout 2015-2016, AIR's Loca/ore: Finding America competition invites local public media stations to identify the issues they would like to cover in their communities, and producers to apply to design reporting projects to help cover them, using multiple media platforms and citizen-generated stories. AIR will select fifteen stations and match them with fifteen producers to work at the stations together for a nine-month period. AIR will then produce a single collaborative documentary that combines the stories of each city into a look at the issues facing the U.S., through the stories surfaced in these fifteen diverse communities.
2009 • 4 years, 1 month • Journalism & Media
In support of Public MediaCraft, an effort to develop programming for radio and digital platforms (over two years).
2007 • 2 years • Journalism & Media
In support of general operations (over two years).
2003 • 3 years • Journalism & Media
In support of general operations (over three years).
2000 • 3 years • Journalism & Media
In support of general operations and for special support training of independent producers (over three years).
1994 • 1 year • Journalism & Media
To support organizational development for this national membership organization of independent radio producers, station and network-based producers, and audio artists.