Lessons From AIR’s ‘Finding America’: 10 Ideas & Tips for Creating Community-Driven Events

Last week, The American Press Institute released the Association of Independents in Radio Finding America research report.  In this piece, researcher Mallary Tenore shares some of the takeaways from the project. You can also read AIR’s 10 key insights from the report, along with related field reports. In times of disparity and political division, storytelling can be beautifully unifying. My research into the Association of Independents in Radio’s Localore: Finding America initiative began in July 2016 with a weekend trip to Richmond, Virginia — where I attended a live storytelling event that AIR lead producer Kelley Libby led with the help of a community collaborator. There was a line outside the door to get into the Hippodrome Theater where the event took place. Inside, I saw people from different races and ages conversing, laughing. The energy and enthusiasm in the room were palpable. Later, I learned that this is
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