"AT SOME POINT, AN IDEA BECOMES SO BIG THAT OTHER, USUALLY LESSER IDEAS ARE DEFINED IN RELATION TO IT. WBEZ'S CURIOUS CITY IS ONE OF THOSE IDEAS. I CAN'T COUNT THE NUMBER OF TIMES I'VE BEEN IN A MEETING AND SOMEONE SAYS, 'IT'S LIKE CURIOUS CITY, BUT FOR OUR CITY.'" - Adam Ragusea, Journalist and Host of Current's The Pub Podcast
Jennifer Brandel founded and executive produced the award-winning series WBEZ's Curious City.
Initial funding for Curious City came from AIR's Localore initiative. Additional support came from the Knight Foundation's prototype fund, The McCormick Foundation, and the Doris and Howard Conant Fund for Journalism.
Press on Jennifer Brandel / Curious City
January 30, 2012: Current: Localore backs crowdsourcing, collaborative doc projects.
May 29, 2012: AIR Media: Curious and Curiouser: Localore Project Aims to Open Up WBEZ's Editorial Process
Novemeber 16, 2012: Current: Curious City brings its inquisitive audience into the reporting action
February 12, 2013: Current: New Chicago pubTV program to include segment produced by Localore project
February 13, 2013: How Sound: Curious City
June 20, 2013 Current: Expansion of 'Curious City' among five prototype projects backed by Knight
June 24, 2013: MIT Center of Civic Media: What's so curious about Curious City?
July 2, 2013: Current: Transom, Curious City to develop new technology tools with Knight Aid
Nov 1, 2013: Columbia Journalism Review: Curious Tales: Journalism at Scale
Nov 11, 2013: Maximum Fun: Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: Curious City
Nov 20, 2013: Chicago Tribune Lab attendees get the scoop on WBEZ's Curious City
Dec 15, 2013: WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks to WBEZ Chicago's Curious City about the Growing Curious Family
Dec 16, 2013: Nieman Lab: Predictions for Journalism 2014
Jan 8, 2014: AIR Media: Why So Curious?
Jan 14, 2014: Current: Curious City expands beyond Chicago with WYSO Curious
April 10, 2014: Tape Podcast: Episode 2: Jennifer Brandel
October 10, 2014: Mashable: New Experiment Lets You Vote What News Reporters Cover
November 5, 2014: AIR Media: New Grants Fund Localore Expansion
November 5, 2014: Columbia Journalism Review: Why in-house innovation is a great plan for legacy outlets
Brandel was the second guest on the Tape Podcast.