As I write this note there is a live radio program happening in the radio booth, a recording session for a radio program happening in the audio production suite, a pre-production meeting in the large conference room down the hall and a video editor working steadfastly on a documentary in the Premiere Pro editing suite. Tonight we’ll have live radio, live TV in the studio, two different classes – one in the boardroom and one in the electronic classroom – and both audio and video editors in the facility. Today is by no means unusual.
A group of 16 high school students from Central Falls, Rhode Island, paid a visit to our community media facilities as part of their “How to Change the World” trip to the nation’s capital.
I offered to help at the front desk, thinking I was doing AIM a favor. But time has shown me I’m the one that benefits. I’ve learned a lot about the business of creating media—and even more about the art of cultivating community.