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Our public-affairs radio program "In Other News" seeks funds to stay on the air and host shows in front of a live studio audience.
Our public-affairs radio program "In Other News" seeks funds to stay on the air and host shows in front of a live studio audience.
126 backers pledged $4,250 to help bring this project to life.

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Hey there and welcome to the juiciest Kickstarter page in the history of ever. Thanks for checking it out for yourself. We are forever grateful to our contributors! 

We did it! Let's Stretch!

Stretch goals:

$3,500 - PARTAYY! ATMI will host a listening/pizza party at our studio! Everyone is invited.

$4,000 - We could purchase better sound proofing for our studio. We might no longer have to call it “the ATMI Hangar” because of all the planes that pass overhead while we are trying to record!

$5,000 - We could provide partial conference registration scholarships for youth in our program who would like to attend the Third Coast Audio Conference in Chicago this November. At Third Coast, we could learn from the best public radio producers out there!

$6,500 - Dang! If we raise this much, we will almost meet our ten-year-anniversary goal of raising $10,000 for ATMI this year. We could host a two-day workshop for other teens in the community who might want to be on the radio too! Maybe after that they would join our crew!

What’s ATMI?

Well, who’s asking? It depends. By day, we’re a group of sleep-deprived big children who enjoy producing media at the non-profit program Alaska Teen Media Institute, or “ATMI.” At night, though? We are literally the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles if you subtract the cool Renaissance names and the crime fighting. We do, however, the eating pizza part really well.

In the day hours, we dabble a bit (a lot) in media production, such as graphic design, video, photography, and - most interestingly - radio. Our public affairs program, “In Other News,” is celebrating 10 years on the air this year! Actually, it’s one of the longest-running public affairs programs in Anchorage, Alaska. It airs the last Saturday of each month on KNBA 90.3 FM. From board operations to creating stories to DJing, the show is entirely student produced. It’s all super cool and we want to keep it going!

Not only do we want to stay on the air, we also want to take our show to a new galactic level of awesomeness. Additionally, in the official ATMI brainstorming lab we have concocted the ever-so brilliant idea of doing our radio show in front of a live studio audience.

What we need from you?

ATMI producers are constantly busy with contract work to keep our organization afloat. In between these projects and school work, we spend time and energy strengthening the radio journalism portion of our program. We need dedicated funds for the effort.

Support our radio program through this Kickstarter page so we can provide you with a monthly show that is better than ever!

 And why do we, in fact, need funding?

To dispute common belief, we would like to formally address that ATMI is (unfortunately) not funded by magical radio genies. Our radio show has expenses including space rental, equipment, program supplies, youth stipends, competition entries, workshops, etc. One thing that will really help us strengthen our show is we’d like to pay our youth reporters small stipends for producing quality stories. We notice that each time we find funds to do this, the quality of our programming improves! Here’s a link to our award-winning content, so you can hear what we’re talking about. As ATMI reporters, we mine our lives for topics that matter in our community and throughout Alaska.

GOALS (The more funds we raise, the more we can do!)

-Present radio shows in front of live studio audiences.

-Produce our show on the last Saturday of each month on KNBA.

-Produce more in-depth radio stories that capture the youth perspective. Work with other radio stations to air our stories, KSKA 91.1 for example. 

-Win awards by entering local and national competitions.

-Attend local and national journalism and broadcast conferences such as Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago.

What do you, generous listeners, get out of this project?

EVERYTHING. By supporting our Kickstarter, you’ll ensure ATMI’s continued production of the stories and programs you love. Aside from the sense of personal pride you’ll get from knowing how great of a person you are, you’ll also be graced with the sound of our beautiful voices once a month on air. Our stories will be more in depth, and a lot cooler. And what’s more, you’ll hear more of us on other stations within the state and even nationally! Help us fund our world radio-domination! Mwahahahahahaa!

If the potato salad guy can do it, we can do it too! ;)

Credits: Kickstarter video produced by ATMI's Arina Filippenko and Francisco Martinez, featuring Charlie Lowell and Connor Crowley with music by ATMI's own Rob Stanley. 

Risks and challenges

This project does not account for the fact that ATMI needs additional income for space, staffing, etc. The grant funding our parent non-profit organization Spirit of Youth has received this year is mostly for evaluation. So we also need to work to secure additional grants and funding throughout the year to continue to provide quality Spirit of Youth and ATMI programs, such as the radio program "In Other News."

Also, we will continue to have lots of other media production tasks to complete and the school year is just around the corner. So, we will have to keep "In Other News" high on our priority list as other work opportunities and responsibilities come along. We plan to strengthen our radio team commitment through group meetings, trainings and outings!

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    The pleasure of supporting the coolest youth in town, a virtual high five, and a Facebook shout out. Holla.

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    Alaska Teen Media Institute presents: STICKER PACK. For pledging $10, you will receive three of the best (perhaps, the only) stickers ATMI has ever made.

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    For pledging twenty dollaz y'all gon' receive a swaggin' ATMI messenger tote as well as the pleasure of owning your very own ATMI STICKER PACK filled with three eye-grabbing images. Swag.

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    The raddest ATMI T-shirt on this side of the Mississippi, a sick tote & that dope STICKER PACK!

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    A super cool hand woven (not actually hand woven) ATMI messenger tote and two reserved seats at our August 12, 2014 live event at the Wilda Marston Theatre in Anchorage. Also, don't forget that STICKER PACK. Never forget the pack. Available for contributions made before Aug. 11, 2014.

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    Along with the ATMI T-shirt, a messenger tote & that rad STICKER PACK, ATMI's own Connor Crowley will write a personalized ballad about you or a any topic of your choosing.

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    Two-hour, media-skills training for up to five people. What would you like to learn? How to produce radio? Best practices for shooting photos or video? How to use photoshop or iMovie? One ATMI student and one staff member will provide instruction in our studio. Just let us know what you would like to learn!

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