:: Last January, the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) launched a new initiative called Localore. AIR hired ten producers selected from a competitive pool of applicants interested in taking on AIR’s challenge to drive the continued transformation of public media. AIR matched the producers with public radio and television stations to collaborate on projects bringing a new ingenuity to transmedia storytelling and laying a new foundation for local stations to expand public media to more citizens.
One of the projects AIR selected is Sonic Trace. Associated with KCRW in Los Angeles, Sonic Trace focuses on telling the stories of Mexican and Central American immigrants. Co-producer Anayansi Diaz-Cortes opens us up to the experience of Latin American immigrants by exploring their roots in LA, as well as their connection with their home communities. Through her investigation, Diaz-Cortes has uncovered a plethora of deeply personal stories, giving individuals, communities, and cultures a voice.
The following shows how Sonic Trace has used digital media as a new way to tell stories, using photographs, highlighted individual stories, and insight into Diaz-Cortes’s own personal journey.