Just wanted to let all Girldrivers know about the incredibly exciting, much-needed project I’ll be working on for the next few months. The project is the brainchild of Farai Chideya, an accomplished journalist, author of several books, and innovative mediamaker, who got American Public Media and WNYC to partner with her on a multimedia radio series. The project, connected with Farai’s blog-turned-production company Pop + Politics, will report on the changing political landscape leading up to the 2010 midterm elections. We’ll be specifically focusing on narratives of race and the economy–investigating Arizona, Florida, and parts of California. You can read more about the project here.
The moment I read about this project, I thought of Girldrive. It’s a way to let people speak for themselves, and to treat geography as a character all its own. It’s meant to really get the stories of the local people and activists on the ground–as Farai puts it, it’s not “your typical horserace reporting.” And by including voices that people don’t normally hear on public radio, the project seeks to expand radio to a younger, more diverse audience.
I’ll post updates as I go along…more soon!