November 2, 2015 / Modified nov 2, 2015 10:02 a.m.

New AZPM Production Will Expand Public Media’s Boundaries

AZPM is one of 15 stations nationwide to take part in a storytelling experiment and expand public media’s reach in the community.

AZPM is one of 15 stations nationwide to take part in a storytelling experiment and expand public media’s reach in the community. Funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Localore: Finding America project will span nine months, during which time a Localore producer will work in the AZPM newsroom. With guidance from the AZPM news team, the Localore producer will host events, create experimental digital projects and write stories for broadcast and publication.

Independent producer Sophia Paliza-Carre and AZPM’s Online Reporter Mariana Dale are collaborating on Dímelo: Stories of the Southwest at NPR 89.1 (KUAZ). Dímelo encourages city residents to find special Mailboxes, placed on strategic corners around town, and to anonymously answer weekly story prompts. Informed by these micro-stories, the project seeks to respond to themes and civic issues drawn from a cross section of neighborhoods and create multimedia segments in both Spanish and English.

"I'm excited to be partnering with AZPM to create a project that challenges public media to explore the fluidity of lived experiences in borderland communities, through the lens of everyday anonymous moments,” said Paliza-Carre.

AZPM’s news director Michael Chihak added, “We’re excited at this opportunity to seek out new sources, find new stories to tell and hone our storytelling skills. We know that Localore will make us better at connecting with the community we serve.”

AZPM was selected for the Localore project from more than 200 applications from independent media talent, radio and television stations, educators, and coders.

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