WBEZ's Curious City Prototype

Via Chicago Public Media


To develop Curious City, an online system for community-driven story creation, as open source software and methods replicable at other radio and news organizations

As a co-production of Jennifer Brandel, AIR and WBEZ, Curious City originated as part of AIR's Localore effort to lay the groundwork for a more inclusive public media. Curious City now has a permanent home at WBEZ (Chicago Public Media).

The project is an experimental model for journalistic content creation that originates from the community it serves; the public (not editors) suggest and determine the stories covered as well as participate in reporting. With this grant, Curious City will develop their online platform into an open source system that can be replicated at other media organizations.

Project Team

Chicago Public Media