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Public stations get grants to build Web worlds in Second Life

Posted on: 01/18/2008

From Radio World Online: “Here’s a cool concept: launch a branded virtual radio station in Second Life.

“That’s an idea from WGBH in Boston, and now it has a grant to help. Second Life is an online ‘virtual world.’ WGBH wants to be heard there and is one of several public broadcast entities to receive money for new media initiatives from CPB.

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced a round of recipients of its Public Media Innovation Fund Program,… and results will be shared with the public broadcasting system.

“Here are [more of the recipients]:…

* Oregon Public Broadcasting. ‘Invasive Species Online Hotline’ will employ user-generated content and social networking tools…

* WGBH/Boston. ‘Virtual Radio’ will launch the branded virtual radio station in Second Life in the form of a concert hall/music café.

* WFUV/New York. ‘WFUV Online Local Music Network’ will create an online social network for musicians and music lovers to access independent, emerging music.

* Penn State Public Broadcasting. ‘Back from Iraq: The Veterans’ Stories Project’ will use a course-based model and Web 2.0 strategies to empower and train Iraq veterans to complete in-depth audio and text portraits of fellow Iraq veterans.”

Read the entire article at Radio World Online.

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