PRX has announced the first seven stations that will participate in its new podcast training project for public media stations.
Led by Project Director Enrico Benjamin, the program will begin in January with a podcast bootcamp at the PRX Podcast Garage in Cambridge, Mass., and will continue for 20 weeks. The goal is to help producers network, as well as add digital content development, audience engagement and monetization skills. In May, the podcasters will host an open listening session in Boston, and Project Catapult will culminate with the launch or relaunch of seven original podcast series.
Project Catapult is funded by $1 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
“We’re pleased to help more stations increase their multimedia production capacity and increase the diversity of voices heard in public media,” said CPB Vice President of Radio Erika Pulley-Hayes. “We hope the new podcasts that these stations produce will lay the groundwork for more multimedia content that connects with a broad range of audiences.”
“The final pool of applicants was so strong, we found a way to expand the first Catapult class to seven station teams,” said PRX CEO Kerri Hoffman.
The participating stations and their podcasts are:
- KALW San Francisco’s “Inflection Point”
- Nashville Public Radio’s “Verify”
- West Virginia Public Radio’s “Us & Them”
- St. Louis Public Radio, “We Live Here”
- WNIN Evansville, Ind.’s “Que Pasa Midwest”
- WYPR Baltimore’s “Out of Blocks”
- KUOW Seattle’s “Second Wave”