For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re going to talk about ourselves – why we do what we do, some favorite stories and where we go from here as we head into a period of hibernation.
Humanosphere was launched in 2010 as an experiment in journalism, funded by NPR and a number of other donors as a one-person ‘news blog’ run by Seattle affiliate station KNKX (formerly KPLU). We became an independent online news organization, broadening our scope and eventually increasing our staff, starting in 2013. It’s been a struggle from the get-go but also quite rewarding. We think we’ve made a difference. Martin Scott, an academic who studies humanitarian news coverage, explains how in an op-ed accompanying today’s hibernation news. We want to thank everyone who made our work possible over the years.
There’s a lot more we could say about what we have learned, what we could have done with more resources and the many challenges facing all of us today who want to create a better world. But for now, we’ll just have a nice chat, tell a few stories and move on. Listen in as publisher Tom Paulson and I lead a chat with our writers, Tom Murphy, Lisa Nikolau and Joanne Lu. Great bunch!
Thanks again to our lovely and loyal readers, our backers, our staff, our freelancers, our board and the wonderful community that is Humanosphere. The website will remain in operation for now and you can continue to contact any of us through the same old channels. We’ll see what comes next.