Levine’s search for ‘moxie’ turns inward

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The idea behind “American Moxie,” an NPR series by Ketzel Levine, was to examine how ordinary Americans adjust when times get tough. But mid-way through reporting for the series, Levine learned that she was one of 64 NPR employees being laid off. “Every story that we all do, we’re always looking for the perfect ending,” Levine tells the New York Times. “And suddenly it was handed to me. It was not one of my choosing, but as a storyteller, what could make a better story?” Ketzel shares the story of her unexpected career setback on NPR.org (scroll down) and on her own blog, Ketzel Uprooted. Meanwhile, Public Radio Exchange is offering free producer accounts to recently displaced staff from NPR and pubradio stations. It’s “our small way of helping out,” writes PRX’s Jake Shapiro. ALSO: the Association of Independents in Radio recently offered free, one-year memberships to NPR employees who are losing their jobs. For more info, contact Erin Mishkin, membership director, erin@airmedia.org or 617-825-4400.