KLRU Receives CPB Funding

KLRU was recently awarded a sponsorship by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to produce a public media “unconference” in Austin in 2010. The meeting is expected to attract community organizers, bloggers, tech developers and public media staffers and will be called PublicMediaCamp Austin. KLRU’s Director of Development, Shane Guiter will organize the event on behalf of the station.

In addition to providing seed funding, CPB paid for KLRU to attend the original PublicMediaCamp in Washington, D.C. in October. Over two days, more than 250 attendees discussed ways that technology can be used to strengthen the relationship between local communities and their PBS/NPR stations. Attendees were encouraged to upload session presentations, notes, images and videos to the PubCamp’s wiki for future reference.

So what is an unconference? According to this post at the PBS Media Shift blog, the format creates a “blank slate” for attendees to identify shared issues, projects and learning opportunities.