About this project
We did it!!!
And we have some big news:
We will receive TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS MORE! All we have to do is reach 1000 backers by the end of our campaign, Friday June 27th at 5pm. It's an exciting and daunting challenge.
Get us there! Share our campaign with 3 of your friends who you think might also like the kind of stories we do. Even a $1 donation counts in the backer challenge!
To all of you who have already done this, THANK YOU!
Help us reach our Kickstarter goal and we will bring you a new season of Radio Diaries starting in September 2014. We’ll also be putting out the Radio Diaries Podcast twice as often. Biweekly.
To get the best sense of what we do and why you should back this project:
- Check out some of our work. You can stream all of our stories for free on our website: www.radiodiaries.org.
In our Kickstarter video, you hear a clip from our story Teen Contender, about 16-year-old Claressa Shields, who recorded her journey to become one of the first women to ever box in the Olympics.
Listen to her radio story here:
After this story aired on NPR, Claressa became the first person in history to win both an Olympic Gold Medal and a Peabody Award in the same year.
We’re a non-profit organization founded in 1999 by public radio producer Joe Richman. We give people tape recorders and ask them to document their lives. We’ve collaborated with teenagers and octogenarians, prisoners and prison guards, bra saleswomen and lighthouse keepers….and along the way we’ve helped pioneer a new form of citizen journalism. We tell these stories on NPR, This American Life, BBC and on the Radio Diaries Podcast, and we’ve won every major award in broadcast journalism. Stories like these:
If you back the project, you’ll not only get to hear these stories, you’ll receive some sweet rewards: From Radio Diaries t-shirts and tote bags, to cassette-shaped flash drives of our best stories, to a D-I-Y storytelling guide, to one-on-one interviewing workshops, and even an audio portrait of you or a loved one for major contributors.
One of these beautiful, working vintage radios could be yours:
Because Radio Diaries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your donation is also partially tax-deductible.
I'm in, how else can I help?
This is a big year at Radio Diaries. We hope you’ll be a part of it.
Big thank you's to Radio Diaries Producer Sarah Kramer; our long time editors Deborah George and Ben Shapiro; Contributing producers Sue Jaye Johnson and Samara Freemark (Teen Contender); Video producer/editor Danya Abt; and Radio Diaries' Victor Lazaro and Nellie Gilles. Special thanks to the Radiotopia crew, PRX, Roman Mars and Alex Blumberg for being our Kickstarter spirit guides; Chris Turpin of NPR and Ira Glass of This American Life.
Risks and challenges
Journalism has changed a lot in the past decade, and the funding model has changed too. That’s one of the reasons we’re doing this Kickstarter campaign. It’s a time for experimentation and creative thinking about the way we work, and the way we support it. But the truth is, this is a new golden age for radio and podcasts. We’re super excited to be part of it.
We're radio producers, but we're also a small non-profit organization, which means we do a bit of everything. Now with this Kickstarter, we're also a t-shirt and tote bag shipping company. But that's part of our strength. It takes a lot more than doing interviews and cutting tape to get stories made. We approach everything with the same passion and care that we put into our radio stories...even stuffing envelopes.
Let us know if you have any questions for us about our work at Radio Diaries or this Kickstarter. Info[@]radiodiaries.org.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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