In addition to my work in public radio, I also run a number of special projects in my personal time that combine my passion for podcasts, keeping local journalism/storytelling strong and editing literary nonfiction. Below, please find descriptions of each project and ways to get involved!
Made in NY Media Center
In 2018, I began teaching at Made in NY Media Center by IFP. I’ve taught classes on digital media engagement classes, personal branding, podcasting and social media strategy to small and large groups at the Made in NY Media Center DUMBO campus in Brooklyn and at Comcast LIFT Labs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I love teaching!
As one recent student said in her evaluation of the class:
I have taken classes in the past on social media and branding, i.e., NYU and other institutions, and this was by far the best. She prepared very thoughtful, well organized and quality slide decks. … I feel her background in radio and stortytelling provided lots of added value as she was easily able to speak to 'how' you craft your presence online. … Kelly was quickly able to guide each student on how to refine their story, which was impressive considering the variety of backgrounds. I gained a lot from this course and recommend this class to others.
Flyover Podcast Newsletter
I love podcasts. Love 'em. And because I work in public radio, I get asked frequently enough for road trip podcast playlist recommendations. Earlier this year, I noticed something disturbing about my responses. When I'd go to give those recommendations, the podcasts in my lineup have one thing in common: the majority are produced on the coasts.
I knew there was a plethora of podcasts produced in places besides New York and Los Angeles because of the amount of locally-produced podcasts in St. Louis. So I set out on a mission: In what I dubbed the Flyover Podcast Newsletter, I highlight podcasts large and small, independent and affiliated, but, most importantly, they're local and non-coastal.
Weekly, I send out an interview with a local podcaster, episode listening recommendations, and other tidbits picked up from about the internet. Want in on the newsletter? Subscribe here at www.tinyletter.com/flyoverpodcast or check out the archive of podcasts I've highlighted so far.
Online News Association - St. Louis
Last year, recognizing a void in resources for digital journalists in the St. Louis area, I founded and began co-organizing a local chapter of the Online News Association - St. Louis. Along with my co-conspirator Andrew Nguyen, a developer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, I organize monthly meetups for networking, training, panels and inspiration to keep local digital journalism strong.
Since our first meeting in March, our group has grown to over 80 people from all walks of media (journalists, editors, technologists, developers). We've featured trainings on AR/VR and mapmaking as well as inspiration sessions on how to meet new people, food blogging, a training on Facebook Live and newsroom tours. All logistics, budgeting, outreach and speakers are organized each month by myself and Andrew.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
I wanted to be a Big Sister for years, but when I moved to New York in 2017, the time was finally right to step up and become a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York. Meeting twice monthly and chatting on the phone weekly with my Little Sister has been one of the best parts of living in New York.
We explore the city together, study together and, most of all, have fun imagining what the future holds. From riding a ship from the 1800s in South Street Seaport, to learning we’re both spectacularly bad bowlers, to venturing on college visits, being a Big is something I think everyone should experience in their lives.