If you want to know how to impress the likes of WNYC, pay attention to how Robin Amer did it. Out of a global pool of 370 applicants, she won WNYC’s Podcast Accelerator competition last week and will now have the opportunity to pilot her show idea, The City.
Actually, there were two winners, as the judges couldn’t settle on just one. Kathy Tu and Tobin Low will get to pilot their show Gaydio, which is “exactly what it sounds like,” Low said.
Amer describes her show as being like HBO’s dramatic series The Wire, but true. Both shows seem targeted at a younger-than-normal public media audience.
“Most of the listeners to this podcast will roll their eyes if they have to read another stupid think piece about millennials and probably don’t self-identify as such,” Amer told me on The Pub.
“But here’s what we know about that generation: That generation is the most-diverse and the most well-educated generation in American history, so the content that we need to produce for them has to reflect that.”
Amer also said millennials, such as herself, expect “some blending of journalism and entertainment.” It would seem the WNYC judges agree.
This week on The Pub, Amer talks about her big plans. Also:
- Evan Smith, c.e.o. and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, dishes his nonprofit’s secrets to raising money with live events (from a panel at the 2015 Online News Association conference moderated by Kai Ryssdal).
- Sabrina Roach talks about her job, which is quite possibly the most interesting and unusual in public media: a “doer” at Brown Paper Tickets. The ticketing company pays her to do nothing other than work to make public media stronger.
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