The Public Media Platform (PMP) and Public Media Apps are partnering up to bring mobile technologies to public media stations throughout the system. Starting with Alaska Public Media and WSIU in Illinois, Public Media Apps will use the PMP to help power their station-branded apps. For this, Public Media Apps will connect the stations’ mobile apps with the PMP, making it easy for listeners to engage with local and national public media content.
“We’re excited to have this great opportunity to take advantage of PMP’s work. As a joint-licensee, getting the best of NPR and PBS has been a long-time goal of ours. We appreciate PMP making this goal a reality,” says Pat Yack, chief content officer for Alaska Public Media.
We’re looking for an additional station that is eager to pilot with us and build something great with Public Media Apps. Are you a station that produces fantastic content and is looking for a way to reach a larger audience? Have you always wanted to embrace digital tools, but don’t know where to start or feel like you don’t have the resources? Consider applying! We’ll cover the costs of the build and the first year of licensing.
“We’re happy we can offer this support to stations looking to develop or improve their digital tools, and our intent is to help them strengthen and inform their digital strategies,” says Marc Pultuskier, PMP’s director of product and marketing.
Adds Public Media Apps’ Heidi Busch, “We’re thrilled to collaborate with the Public Media Platform. Our clients know that on-demand access to all of a station’s content, regardless of its source, is the foundation of a great mobile strategy. With PMP we are able to leverage their technology to extend access to this great content.”
How to apply:
Complete this short application by Friday, September 18, 5pm ET. We ask that you paint for us a picture of what you’d like your app to do, how it fits in with your station’s digital strategy, and what most excites you about connecting with the PMP and the 390,000+ pieces of compelling pubmedia content from partners APM, NPR, PBS, PRI, and PRX.
Stations of all sizes are welcome to apply and you do not need to have a web developer or designated technical lead on staff in order to participate.
If you are selected, we will notify you by late September.
Check out some of the exciting things stations and others are building with the PMP by visiting our Labs section. The PMP is a powerful and flexible hypermedia API, which means that you can do anything with it. Dream big! We want to see how what you envision continues to pave the way toward public media’s digital future.
If you are selected, PMP will cover the costs associated with the build and the first year of licensing the app that Public Media Apps will build for your station. Beyond that, licensing fees are the responsibility of the station. For more information about fees, please contact Public Media Apps’ Heidi Busch at 301.741.8097. Work must begin within thirty days of funds being disbursed and the entire project must be completed within six months.
Questions in the meantime about our open call? Please contact Marketing & Communications Lead Erin Mishkin at email@example.com.
This collaboration is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
About Public Media Apps (formerly Listener-Interactive)
Serving 85 stations today, Public Media Apps builds great station-branded apps for public television, joint licensees, and public radio. Their goal is to connect stations with their members, listeners, and viewers on the devices that they love and can’t seem to live without. PMA apps can integrate with NPR’s API, PBS’ COVE, the Public Media Platform, and other CMS’s.
About the Public Media Platform
The PMP empowers public media stations, producers, and organizations to distribute digital content (audio, video, stories, and images) across a variety of web and mobile platforms. By helping public media meet their digital strategy goals, the PMP makes it possible for stations to reach new audiences. The PMP was founded by APM, NPR, PBS, PRI, and PRX, with funding from CPB.