Melody Kramer

Ideas for Fan-Created Public Radio Websites

20 Jan 2015 by melodyjoykramer

Every so often I come across a site or Twitter account that really helps people either navigate public media offerings or surfaces public media content in an interesting way. Here are several:

I would love to see more of these pop up. You can learn a lot about audio — and how to think about audio — by building something that can help your local public radio station. Here is information about the Public Media Platform and how to get started digging around a hypermedia API. And here are several ideas, if you’d like to build something but don’t know where to start.

  • A site that shows the last X pieces published in public media.
  • A site that shows the most shared published in public media over X time frame.
  • A site that surfaces a public media interview related to any particular day on a calendar. (Use the Wikipedia API. Start here.)
  • A site that shows me public media interviews related to a particular historical event.
  • A site which features the earliest public media interview conducted with X.
  • For that matter, there should be a repository of the first time X was mentioned on public media — whether X was sushi, Saddam Hussein, or any other word from the latter half of the 20th century. Ooh. This might require machine learning.

I have many more ideas and am always trying to think of ways to resurface already existing content. If you also like thinking about this, let me know.

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