You Are Here: An Experimental Journalism Distribution Network

For "You Are Here," the team built, tested, and refined a completely open-source system for distributing audio stories and other journalistic content to local audiences via a small, independent wifi router. In addition to providing a uniquely local audio portrait of two iconic New York City locations—Tompkins Square Park and the High Line—"You Are Here" is a template for distributing journalistic stories in a way that is affordable and resilient, requiring only a power supply and a user's smartphone. Such a system has the potential to keep information accessible, even when the Internet is not. The final report was published in spring 2017.

Project lead: Sarah Grant

Team members: Amelia Marzec, Susan McGregor, Dan Phiffer, Benjamen Walker

August 25, 2017