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Public Radio Exchange

Cambridge, Massachusetts

MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions Recipient

Public Radio Exchange was awarded $2,900,000 between 2010 and 2015, including 3 grants in Journalism & Media.


2015 • 3 years • Journalism & Media

Since its founding in 2003, Public Radio Exchange (PRX) has been one of the most important
drivers of innovation, creativity and diversity for the public radio system. It was a thoughtleader
and technology-provider for transitioning public radio into the digital age, it incubated and
distributed some of the most successful new voices and sounds for public radio and podcast, and
it has been a development and innovation partner for major non-audio programs and projects,
including the Center for Investigative Reporting and Matter Ventures (a start-up accelerator for
public interest media projects). Being a nimble and independent ‘outside’ organization has been
vital to PRX’s success in helping public media adapt to a digital, multiplatform environment.
MacArthur support will continue to enable PRX to identify opportunities and create solutions for
public media and noncommercial content producers and distributors.
Funds will support PRX’s efforts to develop and distribute new programs for radio and podcast,
invest and experiment with new technologies for publishing, distributing and monetizing public
interest content, and provide financial stability for the core of PRX. This will be especially
useful at a time when PRX is planning to launch a for-profit subsidiary in 2016 to create scalable
and profitable consumer facing technologies funded by venture capital, responding to the
growing popularity of podcasts, Internet-only radio, and satellite radio.


2013 • 2 years • Journalism & Media

The Public Radio Exchange (PRX) was created in 2003 as the first online marketplace connecting public radio stations across the U.S. with public radio news, documentary, and feature content from a wide variety of independent, established, and emerging audio producers. PRX provides a searchable online hub where local public radio station managers can find content to fill their broadcast schedule, and producers can use simple licensing agreements and receive payments when their work is used. A MacArthur grant will support a strategic planning process, as well as the development, curation, and distribution of content.


2010 • 3 years • Journalism & Media

In support of general operations (over three years).

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