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Just Vote Already! How One Newsroom is Encouraging People to Vote in the Midterm Elections

justvotealreadyI may be a bit of a public radio fan girl, especially when it comes to New York’s WNYC and the Brian Lehrer Show. I’m not going to apologize for this. Because they do really fun, smart things in their newsroom. This fall, they’re taking on the midterm elections. A lot of pundits and newspeople will tell you that the scariest thing about midterm elections is that no one even knows there are elections in the first place. And isn’t our job as journos to inform the electorate?

The Brian Lehrer team is taking that seriously, especially since there’s a district in the Bronx which has the most registered non-voters, people are signed up, but they won’t rock the vote. Enter “Just Vote Already,” a series where they are talking to political insiders, data nuts, and even sent a reporter out to that district to leave “Just Vote Already” cards on their doorsteps.

The best part? They created a little widget where you can robocall your non-voting friends (in NYC only, unfortunately) and guilt trip them into voting come November 4th. There are about four different versions you can listen to here, but the main idea is this “we don’t care who you vote for, just vote! And sorry for the robocall.” If you live in NYC, you can send a friend a robocall below. If you don’t, I want to know how your newsrooms are covering the midterm elections. Tweet us @10,000Words.

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Israeli Tech Start-up Spot.IM Enables Publishers To Turn Visitors Into a Community

spot.im post picThe creators of Tel Aviv-based Spot.IM say that their free platform, now currently in Beta, can turn any website into its own social network, thus greatly diminishing the need and reliance on external, social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter and countless others.
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A Radio Revolution: Radiotopia Announces 3 New Shows and Hits Kickstarter Goal

For podcasters, it’s been a busy month of fundraising. First, “Snap Judgment,” reached their fundraising goal to produce the best next season ever and then, this Tuesday, Radiotopia reached their Kickstarter goal with 23 days left to go.

Maybe it really is a radio revolution — centered on good storytelling and journalism. PRX has estimated that it takes about 50,000 core subscribers to ensure a podcast will be of interest to sponsors and pay its staff. By relying on listener support, philanthropy, and subscriptions, Radiotopia has grown substantially since its launch this past year. So when did radio become cool again?

PRX CEO Jake Shapiro says that:

It hasn’t been until really in the last two years that podcasting has become a mainstream audience format, it was always a niche format, because it was hard to use as a user. But now that everyone has been trained to think about on demand media, like Netflix, audio has now had this huge opportunity to become a mainstream platform of news and entertainment. Read more

A Joan Didion Documentary Is in the Works

joandidionUpdate: The project reached its funding goal in roughly 24 hours of being posted.

Griffin Dunne, nephew of famed journalist Joan Didion, launched a Kickstarter campaign today for a documentary of his aunt. Titled We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live after that memorable first line out of Didion’s The White Album, the film will be the first and only documentary made about the writer.

On its first day of funding, the Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed half of its $80,000 goal. Dunne is an Oscar-nominated director, and is partnering with director Susanne Rostock for the project. From their campaign page:

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Find a Home for Your Music Features and Essays at TheFader.com

Fader-articleIf music magazine Fader hasn’t worked with you in the past or isn’t familiar with your writing, the chances of making it onto its glossy, visually striking pages are slim.

However, if you have a really compelling, focused idea for a piece on an up-and-coming artist or the music industry itself, you’ll want to focus your energies on pitching to Fader‘s websiteFader is as committed to publishing what editor-in-chief Naomi Zeichner describes as “meaty features” online as it is in the magazine:

TheFader.com is where you’ll see the publication expanding its editorial territory to 500- to 1,500-word critical and personal essays and “big, reported features” that can run upwards of 2,500 words. Pieces focused on the business and tech sides of music can do well here.

For more, including how to craft a pitch the editors will notice, read: How To Pitch: The Fader.

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