RJI Futures Lab Update #104: Ideas for Resurfacing Archived Audio

    by Reuben Stern
    April 30, 2015
    The NPR One app offers listeners a mix of NPR stories and news, tailor-made to the user's previous preferences. It's experimenting with offering older, archived material alongside current stories. Screenshot courtesy of RJI.

    This week we explore two examples of how archived audio content is being brought back to life.

    "Pop-Up Archive started to specifically help independent video producers and oral historians take audio, either those that aren't digital or those that haven't been digitized, and easily find a way that they could preserve -- digitally preserve -- archive it, and also find and access it again." Anne Wootton, co-founder, Pop-Up Archive

    PART 1: NPR One

    National Public Radio’s NPR One app mixes older NPR stories with current news to provide users a steady, personalized stream of audio stories. We find out how it works from NPR’s Sara Sarasohn.


    Reporting by Katy Mersmann.
    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]

    PART 2: WFMT and Pop Up Archive

    Using tools provided by Pop Up Archive, radio station WFMT in Chicago has brought new life to decades’ worth of interviews from the Studs Terkel radio show. We find out what was involved and how the station has benefitted from the effort.

    Reporting by Katy Mersmann.
    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]


    For more information:

    Audio from Studs Terkel’s daily show on WFMT, which spanned more than four decades, is being made available online via the Studs Terkel Radio Archive.

    As explained in this post, the archive includes “enchanting, historically significant interviews with giants of 20th century culture” including Martin Luther King, Sidney Poitier, Gloria Steinhem, Maya Angelou, and many others.

    Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.

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