Personal essay: 20 homes in 20 years

The bright blue-paneled house on the corner was the most memorable of my childhood homes. I remember watching rats dance across the wall air- conditioner cord, and I’d look at their silhouettes in the darkness and pretend they were ballerinas. Ballerina rats seemed less scary. The blue house is where I learned not to be…

Voices from the crowd: Bringing user-generated audio into the newsroom

As media outlets constantly seek new ways to involve their audiences, getting readers and listeners to contribute crowdsourced audio into radio news can pose a worthwhile challenge, according to panelists at the ONA 2013 Conference. Matt Berger, the digital director at American Public Media’s Marketplace, said radio should adapt techniques of other media in encouraging…