Monday roundup: PIN expands, Link TV carries Wikileaks doc, Marfa station turns to Kickstarter

By Current Staff

• The Public Insight Network is expanding into the Southwest. Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism in downtown Phoenix will open an engagement and education hub for PIN, an online network developed by American Public Media to help journalists find sources and stories. PIN is expanding with the aid of a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation and a matching grant from APM via CPB. Rebecca Blatt, formerly senior editor for special projects at Washington, D.C.’s WAMU, will head the bureau and train ASU students in using PIN.

A student producer addresses the crowd at Marfa Public Radio's Youth Media Project Listening Party in January 2013. (Photo: KRTS)

A student producer addresses the crowd at Marfa Public Radio’s Youth Media Project Listening Party in January 2013. (Photo: KRTS)

• The KRTS Youth Media Project, planted with seed money from CPB’s American Graduate dropout-prevention initiative, is hoping for Kickstarter money to keep growing.

Last year the seminar-style classes from Marfa Public Radio helped student producers “tell the stories that matter to them,” the station says. “We read about radio. We listened to radio. We breathed, ate and dreamt radio.” The students’ reports aired on the station. This time around, the station hopes to pay its student producers a $400 stipend for the eight-week program. The Kickstarter campaign runs through March 14.

• Mediastan, WikiLeaks’ self-produced 2013 documentary about the 2010 leak of diplomatic cables, makes its national  television and online premiere at 8 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday via Link TV, a service of Los Angeles pubmedia organization KCETLink. Link TV also created this site with the latest news, videos and memes about WikiLeaks, media censorship, government surveillance and related issues.

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