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Spreading the Zing: Reimagining Public Media Through the Makers Quest 2.0

May 12, 2010

Evaluates outcomes of multi-platform, participatory public radio projects in the Makers Quest 2.0 contest as a model for how and which elements of a public media project's impact should be measured: reach, inclusion, engagement, influence, and zing.

New Media, Technology and Internet Use in Indian Country

November 19, 2009

The goal of this study was to gather information and develop a plan for tribes with radio stations and those without access to radio transmission facilities to use broad band media technologies to serve their communities. Since no research or data existed regarding Internet usage in Indian Country, this study sought to fill in this data gap and explore best practices and replicable models for developing broad band projects in Indian Country.

Open Content and Public Broadcasting Conference Report

January 3, 2007

On September 19-21, 2006, the WGBH Educational Foundation hosted a conference on "Open Content and Public Broadcasting." With an initial grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and additional funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WGBH proposed the conference as a way to explore public broadcasting issues related to producing and distributing open access content across multiple platforms.The conference grew out of the recognition that public broadcasting executives were interested in the Open Content movement, but were struggling to understand how it might both further public broadcasting's public service mission and support efforts to pursue strategic business models and sustainable solutions.The Open Content conference was designed to bring together key stakeholders in the public broadcasting system, academics who promoted open content in higher education, industry leaders in new media and technology, experts in intellectual property rights, and leaders in philanthropy. Together they examined existing models and efforts that might guide public broadcasting's entry into open content, possible barriers to adoption of open content models in public broadcasting, and opportunities to pursue.This report looks at the events of the conference and the key points discussed. It summarizes the group's conclusions and presents recommendations from the WGBH planners. Audio from the conference presentations and further information is available at

Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project

January 1, 1998

Transcripts and audio excerpts of a 4-hour documentary radio series about the shared experience of people with disabilities and their families since the beginning of the 19th century. Includes extended interviews and images.