What does it mean to be a member of a public radio station in the United States? What could it mean? How could expanding the definition of membership instill a sense of ownership and identity among listeners, allowing them to feel more connected and invested in public media’s content, work and mission?
These are the questions I will be investigating during my Visiting Nieman Fellowship. I am planning to use the time to create the framework for a new model of membership within public media that would complement already-existing forms of membership by offering membership to people who donate a skill, code, or their time to their local stations. I suspect this will inculcate a sense of identity and ownership amongst listeners, allowing them to feel more invested in public radio's content, work, and mission.
I'm planning to conduct the fellowship as a series of two-week-long sprints. I'm structuring the fellowship this way, in part, so that I can talk to people across public media (and across other industries) to inform what I build or create, and so I can hold myself accountable as the fellowship progresses. I also plan to make all of my research public.
All of my research will be published on this site.
This should be considered a work in progress. We welcome pull requests and discussion via github issues.
Mechanics of Contributing
To run locally
Be sure to have Jekyll and Kramdown installed.
gem install jekyll gem install kramdown
Fork and clone the repo:
git clone email@example.com:18F/agile.git cd agile
jekyll serve --baseurl ''
If you contribute the open source work of others, please mark it clearly in your pull request.