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Jessica Clark


AIR Media Strategist

Jessica Clark is AIR’s Media Strategist, an independent consultant, and news futurist. Before coming to work on AIR’s Localore production in 2011 (, she directed the Future of Public Media project at American University’s Center for Social Media, and served as a Knight Media Policy Fellow at the New America Foundation. She’s a co-author of Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media (Free Press, 2010), and her reporting has been published in PBS MediaShift, The American Prospect, In These Times and elsewhere.

Full Spectrum Documentary on the Climb

Since 2008, AIR has been cultivating an emerging documentary form: “full spectrum public media.”  Such creations extend beyond the ubiquitous screens surrounding us at work, home and in our pockets, out into the street—linking broadcast, digital and face-to-face platforms to enlist citizens as co-producers of their own narratives. As a network of 1,000 entrepreneurial audio and multimedia makers, AIR is uniquely situated to support bold experiments in blended media craft. At the top of my playlist, you’ll find a signature project from AIR’s 2008-2009 MQ2 initiative—Mapping Main Street. The team that produced it morphed into Zeega, and played a pivotal role in developing immersive storytelling projects for AIR’s national Localore production. Eight of the ten Localore projects are included below—find the whole shebang at We also keep an eye on the broader evolution of the field with our weekly Public Media Scan. I’ve flagged a handful of projects we’ve highlighted in the scan, genuinely transformative attempts to bridge the gap between mediated and immediate experience. These projects don’t just enfold and immerse users—they force them to act, to reposition themselves as subjects, and to share their own truths.

_Mapping Main Street

The participatory project "Mapping Main Street" documents the diversity of America.


_Black Gold Boom

Interactive documentary "Black Gold Boom" explores North Dakota’s oil boom through the changing geography and the lives of its people.


_Curious City

An experiment in crowdsourced journalism, "Curious City" gives editorial control to its audience.


_Ed Zed Omega

Blending reality and fiction, "Ed Zed Omega" is a cross-media experiment that tracks six young adults after they drop out of high school.


_Hear Here

Participatory radio project "Hear Here" maps the stories of the San Francisco Bay Area.



Interactive crowdsourced almanac "iSeeChange" documents climate change in small-town Colorado.


_Planet Takeout

Exploring Chinese takeouts as cross-cultural meeting places, Planet Takeout provides an interactive look at both sides of the food counter.


_Reinvention Stories

"Reinvention Stories" explores the renaissance of rustbelt town Dayton, Ohio.


_Sonic Trace

Participatory oral history project "Sonic Trace" focuses on immigrant communities in Los Angeles.


_Question Bridge: Black Males

"Question Bridge: Black Males" facilitates conversations within the African American male community across political, class, geographic, and generational divisions.

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_Highrise: One Millionth Tower

In "Highrise: One Millionth Tower," filmmaker Katerina Cizek, the residents of a Toronto apartment building, and a group of architects used webGL to reimagine a residential highrise, creating an interactive documentary that captured their aspirations for the community.

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_A Journal of Insomnia

While insomnia is usually a solitary affliction, interactive documentary "A Journal of Insomnia" uses the web to create a community of insomniacs.

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_18 Days in Egypt

"18 Days in Egypt" is a participatory crowdsourced documentary about the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.

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A team of miniature robots developed at MIT makes a documentary about humans, disarming their subjects with their engineered “cuteness.”

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_The Waiting Room

A community media project looks at the state of American healthcare through the lens of a waiting room at an Oakland hospital.

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