Clients & Projects

We work hand-in-hand with media makers and funders to develop new forms of news and storytelling.

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Dot Connector Studio founder and director Jessica Clark is consulting with Active Voice’s How Do We Know? project to help articulate the merits of various impact models.

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Dot Connector Studio continues to work with AIR—a network of nearly 1000 audio and multimedia producers—to curate and report on inventive cross-platform public media productions. Through mid-2014, Clark served as AIR’s media strategist, and as a member of Localore’s core team.

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Clark worked with the producers of The View From Here, a multimedia documentary series, to evaluate and strengthen engagement strategies related to a recent project on food insecurity in the Sacramento region.

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Dot Connector Studio worked with the Culture Lab at the Citizen Engagement Lab Education Fund to research documentaries paired with social change campaigns. The project will surface lessons for coupling advocacy efforts with documentary films and other visual media, and  inform a pilot training that the Culture Lab and Race Forward are jointly creating with support from the Ford Foundation.

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Dot Connector Studio worked with the Democracy Fund to develop an interactive systems map that identifies potential points of intervention for creating journalism that connects communities to issues and solutions. We are currently working with Democracy Fund to research and implement a strategy that engages stakeholders in local news and participation.

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Dot Connector Studio worked with the Internet Archive on the strategy, launch and impact evaluation of its Political TV Ad Archive, which provides a shareable online archive of 2016 political TV ads, combined with fact-checking and reporting from trusted sources.

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Dot Connector Studio collaborated on an impact evaluation and developed educational and outreach materials for the national launch of this multiplatform reporting project, which invites citizens to share their observations on local climate changes.

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From late 2014 through early 2015, Clark worked with Your Fellow Americansa digital documentary series designed to raise questions about race, immigration, and the American Dream—to refine digital and community outreach strategies.

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Dot Connector Studio collaborated with Lutman & Associates to research trends in podcasting and other emerging audio. See the results of this research in From Airwaves to Earbuds: Lessons from Knight Investments in Digital Audio and Podcasting.

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Dot Connector Studio works with Media Impact Funders on knowledge sharing, program strategy, and membership development. We also lead research and content strategy for the site’s Assessing Impact of Media (AIM) initiative and work with staff and partners to develop funder briefings on how film, journalism, photography, games and other forms of public interest media move audiences and influencers to action.

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Clark served as senior fellow with Media Impact Project at the University of Southern California’s Norman Lear Center, where she is researched methods for evaluating experimental media and developed the Impact Pack.

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Dot Connector Studio worked with the National Black Programming Consortium to evaluate the impact of the 360 Incubator and Fund, devised to help launch multi-part, nonfiction broadcast projects, nonfiction and scripted web serial content, as well as interactive or “trans-media” projects, about the Black experience. In addition, From 2011-2013, Dot Connector Studio worked with the Black Public Media Network to refine and evaluate its Public Media Corps project, a digital media literacy initiative.

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Dot Connector Studio is working collaboratively with the Tribeca Film Institute, MIT’s Open Doc Lab and The Fledgling Fund to develop visual models that capture key impact dynamics for interactive documentaries, and create related resources that lay out useful terms, concepts and examples for the field.

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Dot Connector Studio is working with Lutman & Associates to research emerging trends and inform new strategic directions for the Wikimedia Foundation.

 

Projects

revenge-of-analogThe Revenge of Analog refers to a loosely connected set of practices and inventions marked by a new relationship between the physical and the digital. Over the past three years, Dot Connector Studio has been curating a collection of discoveries at the cusp of the digital and physical. Some of the most intriguing are featured here. Projects that demonstrate the “revenge of analog” are neither strictly digital nor tangible. They combine the physical and the digital in unexpected ways, generating “cusp interfaces” for users to interact with. While a new wave of virtual reality projects aim to use digital tools to recreate physical experiences, cusp interfaces bring content back out from the cloud, making it available for users to touch, hear, manipulate and inhabit via real-world artifacts and environments. These productions draw upon a constellation of recent technologies, including inexpensive sensors, wearable tech, 3D printing, big data, digital projectors, locative apps and more.

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From 2012 to 2015, Dot Connector Studio Director Jessica Clark served an editorial advisor on Symbolia, an eye-popping tablet magazine that merged comics, illustration, interactive elements, and in-depth journalism. Each issue was packed with in-depth stories by world-class illustrators and journalists—turning the news into art. Symbolia was hailed as one of the top reasons to switch to digital comics by io9 and FastCo named it one of 2012′s best digital comics. Every other month, a themed issue featured 3 – 5 multimedia stories from around the world, combining sound, links, animations, interactive charts and more. Want to see what you missed? Get yourself a back-order bundle.