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5 Steps to a Digital Detox, New Tech City-style

Feeling taxed by 2014 already? Promised yourself you’d stop being a slave to your phone? Maybe it’s time for a digital detox. Watch the 1-minute video…

5 steps to getting closer to digital inner peace:

 

1. Limit yourself to charging your gadget ONCE for the week. You’ll begin rationing those Pinterest sessions instead of going on hours-long binges.

 

2. Pretend it’s the year you were born and only interact with people via the communication tools that were available that year. (I, for example, would only be able to talk by landline.)

 

3. Organize yourself with tactile products, like Post-Its. Unlike on your phone, that list of tasks will be a constant visual reminder… and you may actually complete them.

 

4. Send a tweet or status update that says you’re taking a break from Twitter/Facebook. You’ll look like a loony addict if you login before your self-imposed hiatus ends.

 

5. Reward yourself with something sensuous for every day you refrain from Facebook/email/CandyCrush. Treats could include a beautiful box of hand-printed letterpress cards, a foot massage, or a cuddle session with the neighbor’s pet rabbit. So soft. 

Liked this? Found it silly but true? Get your New Tech City love every week by subscribing to our podcast, following me on Twitter, or checking out the website. We’re all in this together.

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I Took a 1-Day Coding Class and Barely Survived

Learning to Code In One Day and Losing My Mind….

(Jennifer Hsu/WNYC)

My New Year’s resolution was to confront my fear of coding.
Considering that I host New Tech City, my inability to do more than dabble in a smidgen of HTML seemed unacceptable.

In fact, when I had my personal website built two years ago, I often didn’t even understand the developer’s questions. Would a small change to the size of an on-screen box take five hours or five minutes? I had no idea.

So I signed up for Code in a Day, a class run by the British startup Decoded. The instructors claimed that we would learn the ins and outs of coding and then create an app in just nine hours.

Video produced by Jennifer Hsu

I had my doubts that I could learn so much by the end of class, but I hoped to leave with an ability to ask programmers better questions in interviews and work more intelligently with WNYC’s digital team.

Talk the talk even if I couldn’t walk the walk.

A History of Math Aversion

At the very least I wanted to have a showdown, a reckoning of sorts, with my life-long insecurities about computer science and math.

Let me take you back for a moment. When I was in tenth grade, the head of the math department at my high school told me I didn’t have a natural aptitude for the subject.

This was before all the talk about empowering girls to study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and catering to students’ various “learning styles.” These days, my professor’s outright dismissal of my lack of numbers savvy wouldn’t fly.

Nevertheless, I’m not sure he was wrong. My instinct has always been to focus on the “why” rather than the “how.” Case in point: Last week’s New Tech City podcast about the internet mystery Cicada 3301.

Rather than walk you through every obscure reference and piece of encryption, we told the story behind the cryptography challenge. Words and stories, not numbers and code.

What I Learned in Coding Class

Journalists who can code are still rare (h/t to WNYC’s data news guru John Keefe), and I was the only one in the class.

My Decoded classmates included the head of a travel startup, the CEO of a private equity group (with his CTO along for the ride), an MTA marketing exec, and Jared Grant, a strategist at Paper Magazine.

Jared’s Twitter bio reads: “My blonde hair makes me glamorously hard as nails.” Clearly Jared’s another storyteller, and needless to say, we became fast friends. The instructors were two Brits who claimed to have transformed from English Literature majors into coding dynamos. They said we could (sort of) do it too.

By the end of the day, I did learn the difference between HTML, CSS and Javascript. And that’s not all.

The most meaningful takeaway for me: It turns out you can search, cut and paste your way to coding. Kind of like using a phrase book in a foreign country in lieu of actually learning the language.

Most coders go to Github or Stack Overflow to share code or post code questions.

But let’s say you’re a beginner like me who, for example, wants to make your font bigger on a website. You can just google, “How can I make my font bigger in HTML?” Then just copy and paste. (Here’s the answer from HTML Goodies).

I Made a Functioning App (and Had an Existential Crisis Along the Way)

In addition to actually creating (mostly) an app that allows my kids to “check-in” when they get home (yes, geolocation included), I also had a bit of an existential crisis.

Here are some of the thoughts that ran through my head throughout the day:

“Am I letting womenkind down by admitting this is extremely difficult for me?”

“Would this class have been easier for me if, in third grade, I had actually learned what multiplication is instead of memorizing the times tables?”

“Why doesn’t anyone else here want to talk about how this class is making them feel????”

So, Did I Conquer My Fear of Coding?

In the end, yes.

To put a finer point on it, I think I gained an even greater deference for code.

The whole “learn-to-code-in-a-day” experience reminded me of my dear friend’s wise words from a decade ago.

We had just completed a three-day “hostile environment” survival training course for journalists where we had tripped over fake IEDs and been “kidnapped” (complete with sacks over our heads). Afterward, I turned and asked her, “So, what did you learn?”

“I learned I never want to go to war zone,” she said.

Just as my friend realized covering international conflict wasn’t for her, I learned coding isn’t for me. But you don’t really know unless you try, right?

Resources for Learning to Code in an Hour, a Day or a Few Weeks

If you have an HOUR, check out Khan AcademyCodecademyUdemy or Code.org.

If you have a DAY, try Decoded or General Assembly.

If you have several WEEKS, consider Coding DojoNoble DesktopThe Career CenterThe Flatiron School or Dev Boot Camp.

Go on, subscribe to New Tech City and follow me on Twitter….thanks!

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A Juice Cleanse for Your Brain: 5 Steps to Relevance in Today’s Workforce

 We used to classify ourselves as either artsy or analytical. Not only has the myth of left or right-brain dominance been debunked, limiting yourself to one or the other won’t further a career these days.

As technology infiltrates every part of our work, we need to be able to find the human side of all things digital and express creative ideas with code.The New Tech City team and I try to do this every week by putting heart and the human experience into tech coverage on our podcast.

Creativity and Tech

Earlier this month, I moderated a panel of unusual educators at the CreateTech event. They believe you’ll only find work and success in the 21st century by exploring where your creativity and technology intersect.

I asked each panelist to give the audience something quick they can do to get their juices flowing….to get creatives to think analytically and techies to find their artsy side.

The First 4 Steps

Here are their excellent ideas:

1. Go to events & meetings you weren’t invited to, says Mark Avnet, Dean, 36iU. Mark runs a school within an advertising agency. He doesn’t mean you should crash meetings- just go to events that other people didn’t think would interest or pertain to you. You’ll learn more that way.

2. Write a daily list of questions, ANY questions, says Zach Lieberman, Artist and Founder, School for Poetic Computation. If you haven’t heard of this new school, check it out. Zach is all about finding beauty in the technical. More from Zach at the bottom of this post.

3. Talk to someone about something out of your comfort zone, says Georgia Krantz, Senior Education Manager, Guggenheim Museum and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communications, NYU ITP.  Georgia says she doesn’t write code and yet she teaches at NYU’s famous Interactive Telecommunications Program. A beautiful thing.

4. Find someone really young and MAKE something says Limor Fried, Engineer and Founder, Adafruit Industries. Kids find joy in discovering the smallest thing. So should we says the inimitable Limor Fried.

Basically, to survive in today’s economy, we need to mashup our brains.

The 5th Step

So I’d like to add a 5th thing you can do RIGHT NOW. Get your ticket to WNYC’s Creativity, Technology and Education event on November 19 at The Greene Space. We are calling it “Tech + Today’s Worker: Upgrading Your Skills in Every Phase of Life.”

I’ll be hosting an evening of insight, advice and networking (and wine!) to help you figure the next stage of your working life and understand how continuing education can fit in.

Questions we’ll answer include:

  • What can recent graduates do to make themselves more attractive to employers in this tough job market?
  • How can mid-career professionals stay relevant and advance their careers in a quickly changing digital marketplace?
  • As we live longer lives, what role do these subjects play for seniors, whether they are retired or looking for work?

We’ll have experts with deep experience helping people of all ages find their calling and pay the bills:

Carmen Scheidel, Vice President of Learning + Development at Time, Inc.

Tom Kamber, founding executive director of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), the largest municipal technology program for senior citizens in the country

Larry Harris, Chief Marketing Officer of PubMatic, a startup ad tech company in Manhattan

Plus we’ll have a whimsical and thought-provoking demonstration from the founder of that new School for Poetic Computation, Zach Lieberman, who will help you find where YOUR creative and technical sides intersect.

Join us!  Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Leave a comment here or tweet me @manoushz

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Google NYC Turns 10: When Love Trumps Mountain View

Google's Chief Engineer: Craig Neville-Manning

It’s kind of funny that one of the key reasons that New York City’s tech scene blossomed is because one really smart guy just didn’t want to live in Mountain View.

Craig Nevill-Manning (actually a Kiwi by birth) was Google’s chief engineer out in California. But Craig was desperate to move back to New York. He missed the city’s excitement, vibrancy and good restaurants.

But Google’s founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, were skeptical. They didn’t think he’d be able to recruit many qualified engineers in New York.

“They said, ‘OK, let’s do an experiment. Go out there and if you can find more than 15 really great software engineers that we wouldn’t have hired otherwise, you can stay,’” says Craig.

Google New York is now 10 years old and has over 1,500 engineers working alongside Craig in its behemoth headquarters on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan.

In some ways, Google’s real estate buy and its big hires made it safe for other tech companies to set up shop here too.

But hear why the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the invention of the iPhone played important parts too. And why, even though it’s hard to find anyone in NYC tech’s sector who says an ungrateful word about Mayor Bloomberg, no one will really give him full credit for the city’s transformation either.

This week’s New Tech City is a total NYC tech fest answering the questions: is Michael Bloomberg really the reason why tech blossomed here? What are hackathons really good for?  If you can take a sec to rate the show on iTunes, it would be awesome…even if you disagree with my hypothesis.

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What a Year in Public Radio Has Taught Me (+Happy Birthday, New Tech City)

New Tech City podcast

“Happy Birthday, New Tech City! You are 1 year old this week. Your daddy, Charlie Herman, and I are very proud.” 


This week marks one year of public radio for me. Last September, the first New Tech City segment aired on WNYC during Morning Edition.  We featured a visit to one of the first software-centric high schools in the city.

We were pleased to find that listeners responded to our take on tech: looking at how technology is changing the way we live and work; the “hearts and minds, not just bits and bytes” of tech, as Collin Campbell* put it.

Feedback was good.  So good, in fact, that we were encouraged to develop New Tech City into a longer podcast in the hopes of growing the brand beyond New York.

 

We always posted our episodes on the WNYC website and as podcasts on iTunes.

But since I came aboard WNYC full-time in July, Dean Cappello and Jim Schachter, the station’s Chief Content officer and VP for News, respectively, have pushed our team to think of the on-air segment as a portfolio for our now longer podcast.  The podcast is now our top priority.

It’s been an interesting trajectory for our little show.
So here’s what I’ve learned in my year at one of top public radio stations in the country:

 1. Don’t underestimate the platform.

Launching our segment on Morning Edition immediately delivered us all the New Yorkers who trust their mornings to Soterios Johnson and the WNYC newsroom. Those listeners accepted us in part because of that time slot…and maybe because they couldn’t be bothered to turn the dial as they got in the shower. But we’d also like to think our treatment of tech spoke to them.

On iTunes, being listed alongside WNYC big hitters like Radiolab, Freakonomics, Studio 360, and On The Media immediately gave us cred too. Obviously we are striving to live up to the precedent that these ground-breaking shows have set.

Having said that…

2. The audience is very split.

I was shocked to learn last weekend that my tech-savvy brother-in-law doesn’t know what podcasts are. He switches between 2 stations during his 45 minute drive to work: ESPN radio and his local public radio station. His habits are a reminder that podcast listeners can be a select group and potentially skew under 40.

It was also a reminder that subbing for John Hockenberry on The Takeaway, as I did earlier this month, is a great way to reach radio listeners across the country who would never hear of New Tech City otherwise.  (It was also very fun to work with the awesome Takeaway team.)

But I also remember a young tech investor I met while waiting to board our plane home from South by Southwest in April. When I told him I was in Austin for WNYC and asked if he’d heard New Tech City, he told me, “Sorry, I don’t listen to local radio.” But when I asked him if he knew Radiolab, he answered, “Of course!” and pointed at his iPhone.  He had no idea Radiolab comes from WNYC.

Which brings me to…

3. Your tone is your brand.

Radiolab and Freakonomics are KILLING IT on iTunes. I love that WNYC appeals to the New Yorker in everyone, even if they live in Montana.

But for New Tech City to even get near that territory, we realized we needed to change our tone for the podcast.

Our newsy presentation works on-air; people are getting dressed, taking in the day’s headlines, knowing that they are part of a huge listening community.

But that tone doesn’t work for a longer podcast.  Who knows when someone is listening to a podcast? It could be while riding the C back to Brooklyn or in bed at night. It’s a quieter, more intimate relationship between host and listener, as Dean Cappello points out.

And so…

I’ve adjusted my delivery, writing, and storytelling for our podcast. The weird, silly, and nosy part of me that used to occasionally surface on-air has now been given space to breathe…and rock out.

We’ve** worked hard this summer to turn our show into a podcast about technology that sounds like nothing else you’ll find on iTunes, I Heart Radio, Stitcher, or the app of your choice.

Our “point-of-difference” counts more than ever in this crowded market.

We have a very long way to go, but last I checked, New Tech City was in the top 20 tech podcasts on iTunes.  We’d love to know what you think of the new podcast.  Leave a comment on iTunes and I’ll embed a secret, silent message to you in the next show…or something :)

*Campbell,  formerly Freakonomics’ Executive Producer, was brought on to help us transition into New Tech City 2.0. He’s now Managing Editor at Southern California Public Radio.

**A big shout out to producer Dan Tucker and reporter Ilya Marritz for all their hard and stellar work.

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What Leadership Really Means: Teens + Tech

Female campers uses iPhone at summer camp
Campers were allowed to bring smartphones, tablets and other technology to Longacre Camp for the first time in the summer of 2013. (Jennifer Hsu/WNYC)

 

Will a bold experiment in Pennsylvania create good habits for kids, or ruin a summer ritual?

I would totally send my kids to Longacre Leadership, a camp in rural Pennsylvania New Tech City first profiled in July.

Set on a woodsy hilltop dotted with tents, it has exactly the organic-farming-community-building-exhuberant-but-not-too-crazy-competitive spirit that would attract a lot of yuppie Brooklyn parents who are nervous about sending their offspring away for the summer.

The campers refer to each other as “farmers.” They milk goats, collect eggs, pick fresh lettuce and go on wholesome outings to nearby Hershey Park and the local bowling alley.

So you might think, “Wow, what a great chance for teens to unplug and enjoy nature and make new friends! No distracting video games and social media apps!”

But the camp’s director had something else in mind this year.

Matt Smith is the son of Longacre’s founders. He’s 31 years old, and this is his first summer in charge. He has a different philosophy than his parents when it comes to leadership.

He feels that, for teenagers today, “leadership” isn’t about learning to take charge. It’s about learning how to make decisions for yourself, take considered actions and set boundaries.

Our constant immersion in gadgets is making it harder and harder for kids to develop those skills, Smith says.

So rather than mandate a digital blackout, he decided to help his campers develop ways to cope with technology.

As Smith explained, “This generation is the first to be grappling with this. They grew up with screens and smartphone technology. We just figured if we are going to prepare them for life, part of that preparation has to be learning to find balance in their lives with technology.”

When I first talked to Smith in June, before camp started, he was nervous about Longacre’s new “Anything Goes” policy.

The camp encouraged the teens to bring along their smartphones, tablets and other digital devices, but on Day 1, they had to hand their gadgets over to Smith and stay tech-free for the first week so they could get to know one another face to face.

When the campers were reunited with their gadgets, all hell broke loose.

Kids ran to The Octagon, the only cabin with electricity, to plug in. They ignored each other and holed up in tent corners to tweet, update Facebook, text, call and be gamified.

Kimmy, a girl from Long Island, described those first hours back with her phone as an out-of-body experience: “I know this sounds strange but I didn’t even know where I was. I was like wait, am I talking to my friends or am I at camp?”

In late July, when I went to visit the camp with WNYC’s Jenn Hsu and Collin Campbell, the kids had gotten used to having their gadgets back. Some of them had grown philosophical about technology. Many decided to set limits for themselves…and for their friends.

Kids who wore their headphones too often got dirty looks. Some campers restricted themselves to texting during quiet time. One girl even handed her phone back to Smith. She felt the constant contact with her friends and family reignited the homesickness that had abated during her first week.

Looking back, Smith says he thinks his campers were less anxious when their gadgets were tucked away.

“Adolescents want to socialize, be accepted, try new behaviors, separate from their parents,” he said. “Those are all normal behaviors and I understand why social media can be an allure. But camp and other kids can provide that.”

During our visit, I saw a lot of hugging and hand-holding at Longacre. There was kitchen duty, gardening, lasso instruction, swimming, lots of singing and a cave exploration field trip. Fun stuff.

One teenage boy told us, “People don’t see technology as tools anymore. They see them as friends.”

Despite his disgust with what gadgets can do to real-life relationships, he confided that after trying out his bunkmate’s iPhone, he was definitely going to buy one when he got home.

“I’m not going to use it as much as other people, but I still want to know about it,” he told me.

This camper had discovered where he drew the line on technology.

At least one mission accomplished, Matt Smith.

If you just liked what you saw, please check out New Tech City on iTunes and rate us.
And I’d love to know where you draw your line with tech.  Let me know on Twitter @manoushz #myline

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Productivity and Deciding How to Organize Your Life

Astrid is no more.This week marks the demise of one of the most popular task-list apps out there. Yahoo bought Astrid in May and subsequently announced that it would be shutting down the service on August 5.  Lifehacker’s Alan Henry told me via Twitter, “Yahoo was interested in Astrid’s talent and tech, not its product or users.” 

I wouldn’t be so sad if I hadn’t cycled through numerous task list apps, including Reminders, Remember the Milk, and Wunderlist. None were quite right. And then I finally settled on Astrid recently. I felt like I was just getting to know that little octopus when I realized my (and approximately 4 million others’) organization method was DOOMED.

MOVING PAST MY GRIEF

On this week’s New Tech City podcast I talk to PCMag’s resident productivity expert, Jill Duffy.  Jill tells me how growing up in a chaotic household inspired her to organize her adult life to the hilt.  Listen to her tips about getting your life in order, which gadgets and apps work best, and why she thinks we’ve all become so darn task oriented.

What app did I decide to go with after being dumped by Astrid? Well, based on my chat with Jill and careful consideration, I decided to entrust my life to….drumroll please…Things!

WHY THE THINGS APP?
  1. Things syncs across my iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
  2. It lets me create folders plus repeat, tag, and prioritize tasks.
  3. It’s not ugly.

Downsides include: price, no browser version, and a very strict adherence to GTD.

GETTING THINGS DONE. DUH
'Things' now occupies the prestigious bottom-left corner spot on my phone

 

What’s GTD you ask? It’s the “Getting Things Done” methodology, as prescribed by David Allen. The book came out over a decade ago but I’ve only just been turned onto his thinking. Frankly, if you’ve ever been a news producer, you probably were “getting things done” intuitively anyway.(And it annoys me when very obvious actions are labeled and turned into movements. No kidding we want to “get things done”!)

Deciding how to get your act together can be a very personal decision.

WHAT CEO’S PREFER

In the name of work-life integration (starting a new job while keeping track of my small children and a busy journalist husband), I’ve decided to combine all my personal and work related tasks on my calendar and on my to do list (Cali Yost, author of Tweak It endorses this method).

hand written listspencil and paper organizationOthers prefer to compartmentalize to keep worlds from colliding.  Etsy’s CEO Chad Dickerson told me he entrusts his craftyempire to Omnifocus. Inbox Zero is Zocdoc CEO Cyrus Massoumi’s new method of choice.  The folks over at Live in the Grey love their paper and pencil lists and weren’t afraid to show me.

I’m slightly obsessed…so tell me, how do you organize your life? Leave me a comment or I’m on twitter @manoushz

You’ve heard it on-air, now hear the revamped podcast. Find New Tech City on iTunes 

 

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WNYC’s New Tech City: The Next Chapter in Radio Content

New radio content and programming So hopefully you made your coffee or dunked a tea bag this morning…then, at exactly 7:50am (or 5:50am, for you early risers), you went to switch on your radio or the WNYC app. You listened, with your usual weekly anticipation, for the thumping techno that opens every New Tech City episode on Tuesdays.

And then maybe you were very sad.

Because there was no techno music.
No Manoush.
No New Tech City.

Don’t worry!


We’ve just moved to Wednesday mornings as part of New Tech City’s next chapter!

This week marks the beginning of our expansion (and my first as the show’s managing editor).

We think it’s only apt that a show about the digital age expands with a new concept in audio programming. The plan is to build on traditional radio content with videos, live events, and other downloadable goodies.

Thanks to our listeners’ love and support you can expect:


1. Longer and even better podcasts.
(Go to iTunes and subscribe if you haven’t already, won’t you?)

2. More fun and educational events in The Greene Space. (Watch our recent sold-out Women + Tech event. See you there next time?)

3. Videos and other digital first interviews and stories. (Cause all media is multimedia now, babe.)

Radio listeners will still get their 8 minutes of on-air innovation. (And you’ve got to listen to this week’s show: we talk to the director of a summer camp that has decided to implement an “anything goes” gadget policy, much to parents’ chagrin.)

But we also really hope you’ll join us as we grow…and let us know what more YOU think we should be doing during this exciting new phase of New Tech City.

Let me know here, on Twitter @manoush or just go to newtechcity.org.

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PRISM Provides a Lesson in Personal Branding

Imagine this: you flash your top-level security badge, settle into a government conference room with some hot coffee…the lights dim and on the screen begin flashing slides explaining the latest NSA surveillance plan, code-named PRISM.

PRISM slide

If you’re presentation designer Emiland de Cubber, you probably would start laughing. “When I first saw them, I thought it was some kind of a joke because they were summarizing all of the Power Point clichés,” de Cubber told me when we reached him in Paris by Skype.

On this week’s New Tech City, de Cubber tells us why he was so moved to revamp the NSA’s slides, with “with all the corporate mistakes of presentations, such as enormous logos, illegible fonts, cheesy charts, and stuff like that,” he said.

Content aside, de Cubber’s ruthless design sense resulted in some beautifully crafted slides:

“I start by removing stuff. I really think that each items on the slides must struggle for its life and struggle for its presence on the slide. And if it’s useless, let’s get rid of it.”

 

Since his upgraded slides went viral, the freelancer has been featured in FastCo Design and The Huffington Post and received over 150 employment inquiries.

De Cubber’s slides are also a perfect example of “native advertising,” that trendy term for “an ad whose form and delivery is identical to the content environment in which it is served,” as ReadWrite puts it.  No Facebook banner add could have given de Cubber this amount of exposure or demonstrated his professional skills so well. This is “personal branding” done right.

Listen on Tuesday to the interview with de Cubber and also my discussion with Mozilla’s head of privacy on WNYC.  Or just go to iTunes and download the podcast.

Meanwhile, do you think style matters no matter what the content? Tell me your thoughts at @manoushz

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My Big News: From Freelance to Full-ON

WNYC's New Tech City
If you had told me 1 year ago today that I would be accepting a full-time job, I would have laughed my head off. I had just completed a Kickstarter campaign and published my multimedia book Camera Ready. I was in the midst of building a “personal brand”. Oh, and I was working on a little radio pilot on the side. Well, that side project took off and I am extremely excited and pleased to share with you the following press release from WNYC on New Tech City’s and my future.  If you were an early listener and supporter- thank you a million times over. If you haven’t listened yet, welcome! Please let us know what you think, and I can’t wait to meet you at one of the many events we are planning for the year to come.

Just one more thing: to those of you working the freelance/entrepreneur thing…keep at it. But if you are given the opportunity to put your innovative ways to work within an organization that you trust, with crazy-talented staff, and visionary bosses, consider it.  There aren’t a lot of organizations out there like that and I feel lucky to have found a good match, even when I wasn’t looking for it. 

WNYC NAMES MANOUSH ZOMORODI MANAGING EDITOR OF NEW TECH CITY 

Weekly Podcast and Radio Segment Will Expand Into New Digital Programming Concept

( New York , NY – June 11, 2013) — WNYC announced today that Manoush Zomorodi will become managing editor of New Tech City, currently a weekly podcast and segment featured on Morning Edition that explores innovation, creativity, technology and the new economy; how the culture of work and society are changing under the influence of technology; and how New York fits into these themes.

Zomorodi will continue to host New Tech City, which she co-created last fall as a freelancer with WNYC producer Charlie Herman.  The new position is effective July 1.

As managing editor, Zomorodi will oversee a new phase of New Tech City, in which WNYC plans to expand the weekly segment into a new programming concept that will first and foremost be a digital media enterprise with videos, live events and other components that break from traditional radio programming.

“I am thrilled that NewTechCity has connected with listeners and that WNYC sees an opportunity for the project to become an innovative example of the very transformation that we explore in our segments,” said Zomorodi“Understanding how technology is dramatically reshaping New York , and how New York in turn is driving innovation, is vital to understanding our future.  But tech isn’t just about the latest gadget or the start up scene – it’s about how digital age is changing the way we live, work and relate to each other. I am so thrilled to be joining WNYC’s amazing family of storytellers and look forward to growing New Tech City into a bigger tent that can address all of these issues and nuances.”

“Manoush’s ability to dissect and explain the important ways that technology is transforming our lives, and how this transformation relates to the region, has made New Tech City one of the most popular new segments on WNYC,” said Jim Schachter, Vice President for News, WNYC “Now with her new role as managing editor and the expanded content we intend to develop around the brand, we believe New Tech City will continue break new ground not only in how New York’s technology world is covered, but how content is produced and delivered in public media.”

New Tech City launched last fall to explore the tech scene, and innovation more broadly, in the New York City metro region.  Segments on topics as varied as AirBnB, violence in video games, the future of libraries, STEM education and women in technology have built a fast-growing audience for New Tech City in podcasts and on-demand listening, as well as on the air.

A graduate of Georgetown University , Manoush has been a producer, correspondent and presenter for the BBC, an anchor for Thomson Reuters Television, and a consultant to non-profits including the Council on Foreign Relations, Human Rights Watch and the Gates Foundation. She is also the author of Camera Ready: How to Present Your Best Self and Ideas On Air or Online, one of the top-selling journalism books on Amazon.

New York Public Radio is New York’s premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC, WQXR, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and New Jersey Public Radio, as well as www.wnyc.org, www.wqxr.org, www.thegreenespace.org and www.njpublicradio.org. As America ‘ s most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City ‘ s cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WQXR is New York City ‘s sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and Carnegie Hall, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, WNYC and WQXR produce content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station ‘ s street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. New Jersey Public Radio extends WNYC reach and service more deeply into New Jersey . For more information about New York Public Radio, visit www.nypublicradio.org.

 

New Tech City
Herman + Shulmister: A typical NTC meeting of the minds

P.S. A humongous thank you to the New Tech City team and contributors thus far:

my co-creator and editor Charlie Herman
producer/reporter Dan Tucker
editor Wayne Shulmister
contributing reporters Ilya Marritz, Stan Alcorn, Tracey SamuelsonAnna Sale, Druke Galen, Reema Khrais, Yasmeen Khan, Eric Molinsky, Mary Harris

and gratitude to EVERYONE at WNYC who has supported and encouraged NTC, especially…
big thinker Collin Campbell

big bosses Jim Schachter and Dean Cappello

and of course, Josh Robin 

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