Wednesday roundup: Independent Lens announces next season; Carvin launches

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• Public TV’s Independent Lens announced Tuesday the films that will make up its season running from January to June 2015. Among the selections is A Path Appears, a three-part series from the team that produced the series Half the Sky. Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn and celebrity activists will appear in the new series, which will examine the roots of gender inequality and the impact of poverty.

• Andy Carvin’s team of journalists at First Look Media announced Monday the launch of, a global news venture that builds on Carvin’s groundbreaking work in social media. “We want to tell stories from around the world, serving these online communities as our primary platforms for reporting — not secondary to some website or app,” Carvin wrote in a welcome note on Medium. “Forget native advertising — we want to produce native journalism for social media communities, in conjunction with members of those communities.”

Carvin tells Gigaom’s Matthew Ingram that “most of the first month” of’s operations “will be dedicated to establishing connections with [Twitter and Reddit communities] and discussing how we can serve them.” In 2012 we wrote about Carvin’s Arab Spring coverage, which earned him widespread attention from fellow journalists.

• The Pew Research Center issued a report last week on the workings of five journalism partnerships, several of which involve public media organizations. A collaboration in Colorado among the I-News Network, Rocky Mountain PBS and a commercial TV station “looks to be a model of how to build a high-impact non-profit news operation,” the study’s authors wrote. But in New Orleans, a lack of resources resulted in a flagging effort between WWNO-FM and investigative nonprofit The Lens. Another case study focuses on a partnership between a nonprofit and a local newspaper in Charlottesville, Va.

• Writing for the academic pop-culture blog Antenna, Lisa Hollenbach digs into recordings of a show hosted by poet Paul Blackburn on Pacifica’s WBAI in the ’60s. The show featured readings, interviews and selections from Blackburn’s large catalog of homemade recordings. “With casual introductions and a laissez-faire approach to sound editing, Blackburn projected a style and experimental aesthetic that fit well within WBAI’s overall freeform aesthetic at the time,” Hollenbach writes.

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