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Jake Shapiro on PRX, developing Radiotopia and the future of web audio

PRX CEO Jake Shapiro

When I first started researching web audio, I was surprised to find again and again that an organization I’d never heard of was leading the charge, pushing hard on the current state of sound on the internet, and helping the medium into the 21st century: Public Radio Exchange, more commonly referred to as PRX. PRX supports some of the biggest names in radio and podcasting. The nonprofit distributes a roster of popular shows, from well-known public radio staples like The Moth and Sound Opinions to hit podcasts like 99% Invisible and WTF with Marc Maron. Radiotopia, PRX’s …

Alex Blumberg on StartUp podcast, Gimlet Media and the future of podcasting

Gimlet Media co-founders Alex Blumberg and Mattew Lieber

Alex Blumberg is a man who needs little introduction… At least within the podcasting and radio public media circles. He produced for This American Life for years and co-founded the award-winning Planet Money. Now Alex is tearing up the iTunes podcasting charts as he tries to give listeners a look behind the curtain at the development of his podcasting business, Gimlet Media, with the StartUp podcast. Alex and Gimlet Media co-founder Matthew Lieber, an MIT MBA and former public radio veteran, are already getting good press for the advertising innovations they’re pulling off in StartUp, and enough investment interest to get the for-profit company fully-funded. Now the company is looking …

New Team Member: Heather Billings, Designer/Developer

Heather Billings

We are pleased to announce that Heather Billings will be joining the Lab as a designer and developer. Heather comes to us from the Chicago Tribune, where she has been a member of the News Apps team for the past three years. I’m very excited to have the chance to work with Heather again. When we brought her onto the team at the Chicago Tribune, I was already impressed by her smart, humane, and generous presence on social media. The

How a young developer stumbled in to journalism and landed at FiveThirtyEight

Dhrumil Mehta

On Friday, FiveThirtyEight announced that Dhrumil Mehta (a former Knight Lab student fellow) would be joining their team as a database journalist. It was fun news for us to hear, particularly when you consider that a year and half ago journalism wasn’t even a small part Mehta’s career plan. At the time, Mehta was a senior here at Northwestern and six months from completing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy (with a cognitive science

Ethan Marcotte on web design, accessibility and why it matters to journalists, digital storytellers

Ethan Marcotte (Photo by Marc Thiele)

My career has been blessed with many mentors, but few have had a more profound effect on my work, and my career, than Ethan Marcotte. We worked together on the imagining, responsive design, prototyping and launch of The Boston Globe’s new website — BostonGlobe.com — in 2011. In 2012, he was named in Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Formerly, Ethan worked as a designer for Happy Cog, and many of his clientele have been journalism-oriented publications, including People Magazine, New York Magazine and (of course) The Boston Globe. Read on to learn more about his perspective on web design, accessibility and how digital storytellers and publishers grow audience and increase reach.