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AudioNow Engagement App: Industry Insight

AudioNow solves the two most pressing challenges facing broadcasters on mobile devices: expanding mobile distribution and optimizing and engaging mobile listeners in the market. Listeners want information when they want it, and how they want it. AudioNow’s native responsive apps provide options to better engage broadcasters simply and elegantly.

Neal Augenstein, a technology editor for WTOP, Washington’s leading traffic and news station, outlines in his piece Broadcaster Are Missing a Huge Mobile Opportunity: Engagement in Apps, published on PBS’s MediaShift, that many broadcasters acknowledge that mobile is the future, but have no strategic plan for getting there.

Where does the future meet now? AudioNow Engagement Apps.

When a listener opens an AudioNow app, they are presented with the option to listen to an audio stream via streaming or a call-to-listen platform. They can further receive news by opting into push notifications, or utilizing a station’s RSS feed.

Engaging with the station has never been easier. Now with one touch listeners can send broadcasters high-quality video, audio, photo, or text messages. User-submitted content has never been easier to send, or receive. And broadcasters can now eliminate costly SMS fees by communicating to listeners through our platform.

If you’re interested in exploring how to modernize your mobile strategy with the industry’s most engaging, native mobile app, contact Rebecca Walker, Director of Digital Partnerships, at AudioNow at rebecca.walker@audionow.com.

A Whole New Way to Reach Immigrant Listeners

Did you know that IMPRINT is using a pioneering new technique to reach immigrant professionals for our survey?

It’s true! In addition to our online survey, we are partnering with the Washington, DC-based AudioNow to conduct a survey of immigrant radio listeners in five languages: Amharic, English, Haitian Creole, Punjabi and Swahili.

Here’s the intriguing part: We don’t have to run ads to try to generate listener response. Rather, each listener is individually invited to participate in the survey when they begin listening to their favorite radio show.

This works because listeners aren’t just passively tuning a radio. They are calling in to listen to the broadcast via their mobile phones.

AudioNow is the leading provider of this “radio-by-phone” technology. It hosts broadcasts from more than 2,500 different radio stations, resulting in more than 2.5 billion listening minutes in 2014. Among its broadcast partners are the United Nations, the Voice of America, BBC, Haiti’s premier broadcaster Radio Television Caraibes, and Ethiopian Satellite Television.

MPRINT is delighted to be working with AudioNow to implement this new approach to data-gathering. Early signs are promising: AudioNow has previously used this tool in successful research on Haitian and Somalian listeners’ remittance practices. Learn more about AudioNow Research Services.

Stay tuned for more updates about this exciting facet of our research!

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How the Survey Works

Each survey has been pre-recorded by a radio station DJ, so that listeners hear a familiar voice.

When listeners call in to listen to their radio station — such as Radio Television Caraibes — a short recorded prompt asks them if they are willing to participate in the survey. Listeners use the buttons on their phone to select an answer, such as 1 for Yes, 2 for No, and 3 for Maybe Next Time.

Listeners who agree to take the survey will be prompted to answer approximately 12 short, multiple-choice questions. Listeners respond by selecting the button that corresponds to their answer, or pressing a different button to hear the question repeated.

At the conclusion, listeners are invited to “opt-in” to receiving a call back to discuss their answers in more detail. This function allows us to gather some qualitative data to supplement the quantitative data produced by the automated survey.

Once a listener has completed the survey (or if they have declined to take it), they will never hear the survey request again, unless they call into the radio station from a different phone number.

AudioNow Announces Mobile Distribution to Canada in Support of the Haitian Diaspora

Haiti’s Leading Broadcasters Broaden Audience Reach in North America

December 26, 2014, Washington, D.C. – AudioNow, the world’s leading call-to-listen platform and provider of in-language mobile apps for radio broadcasters around the world, today announced the expansion of its call-to-listen service to Canada.
 
Effective immediately, leading Haitian broadcasters can now offer listeners in Canada local access number to hear live and recorded broadcasts, as they currently offer in the United States, Brazil, Dominican Republic and France. 
 
“AudioNow continues to provide new levels of innovation so that Haitian diaspora can be connected to our programs, wherever they are in the world, and on whatever phone they have,” said Patrick Moussignac, Owner and General Manager of Radio Television Caraibes in Haiti.
 
“Through both call-to-listen and apps, we’ve been able to establish a mobile footprint with AudioNow deep into the Haitian mobile community, and that continues to grow” said Mario Viau, Owner and General Manager of Signal FM in Port-au-Prince.

Says Mr. Harold Isaac, CEO of Kiskeya International: “AudioNow is instrumental in Kiskeya’s strategy to reach out to Haitian communities abroad as well as in Haiti. In 2014, our indispensable broadcast service via phone with AudioNow has grown into something even more interesting and appealing through the iOS and Android apps. Kiskeya and its audience now have a digital gathering point. We are looking forward into 2015 to develop the full potential of our services via our partnership with AudioNow.”

The Canadian access numbers build on the success of streaming apps available to AudioNow-supported broadcasters including the recently launched Radio Tele Caraibes where downloads have shown considerable gain among Haitian diaspora, including Brazil. The mobile application includes “Radio Reporter”, a feature allowing listeners anywhere to submit video, audio, photography, and text back to the news desk of the broadcaster, furthering Caraibes mission to strengthen engagement with its audience.
 
Last Saturday AudioNow joined Radio Tele Caraibes for a special one-day live broadcast from New York of “Ranmasse,” a weekly hit talk show bringing together the radio personalities of Radio Tele Caraibes to discuss issues of the day. 

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ABOUT AudioNow:
AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favorite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 2,400 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2013 AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners, in 76 different languages, and connected users 84 million times to its platform.
 
About AudioNow® Digital

AudioNow® Digital is a leading provider of highly innovative, in-language mobile apps for radio broadcasters around the world. Our Active AppsSM turn radio into an interactive experience for both listeners and broadcasters, and are designed specifically for listeners in the diaspora and the stations that seek to reach them.

Mobile Public Diplomacy: Philippine Embassy in the U.S. Launches First Mobile Platform with Radyo Tambuli

PHILIPPINES LAUNCHES MOBILE APP TO REACH OUT TO DIASPORA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippines is taking a giant leap in its efforts to reach out to the Filipino diaspora with the launching today of the mobile app version of Radyo Tambuli—the virtual radio platform of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C.

“One of our overriding goals is to serve the Filipino diaspora to the best of our ability,” said Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. “The app increases our presence in the lives of overseas Filipinos and helps further our digital public diplomacy goals.”

Developed with AudioNow® Digital, a leading provider of in-language mobile apps for radio broadcasters, the Radyo Tambuli mobile app is now available through Android and iPhone mobile applications. The app can be downloaded by anyone with a smart phone not only in the US but in any part of the world, including the Philippines.

“Through this app, we are hoping to connect our kababayans abroad with home,” said Ambassador Cuisia, referring to the more than 11 million Filipinos all over the world, particularly the 3.5 million who are in the United States.

Initially launched in April using AudioNow’s proprietary call-to-listen platform, Radyo Tambuli makes its digital debut through the app and will continue to offer daily news headlines, original Filipino music, coverage of town-hall style meetings, interviews, opinion surveys and children’s stories to engage the Philippine diaspora.

The app also provides two-way communication between the Embassy and members of the Filipino Community wherever they may be through direct messaging; sharing through social media; and push notifications.

The app also features live and recorded content from premier Filipino broadcasters, such as Veritas, People’s Television Network and the Catholic Media Network as well as other radio and television stations in the provinces that broadcast in other Filipino languages.

Listeners can access these stations through not only their mobile data plans or wifi connection, but also through the in-app one-touch call-to-listen feature, which uses voice minutes and incur no extra calling charges from the US.

“The Embassy of the Philippines is known as one of the most active embassies in Washington and has been a pioneer in mobile outreach—first through the call-to-listen platform, and now through the Radyo Tambuli app,” said Elan Blutinger, AudioNow Digital Chief Executive Officer and Chairman.

“It is an honor to help the Embassy with our technology,” Blutinger added.

Minister and Consul Elmer G. Cato, head of the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section who conceived Radyo Tambuli, said the app will also eventually include additional programming that will be developed with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila and with other Philippine foreign service posts in the US and in other parts of the world.

Minister Cato said that in the coming weeks, Radyo Tambuli will also carry history lessons and even discussions on consular issues. “Radyo Tambuli listeners will also be able to hear broadcasts from more radio stations in other parts of the Philippines,” he said.

As a launching promotion, All Nippon Airlines (ANA) is offering those who download and register on the app a chance to win a roundtrip ticket to Manila from any point the airline serves in the US.

Radio Tele Caraibes First to Debut “ Radio Reporter” News App

PORT AU PRINCE and WASHINGTON, D.C., December 10, 2014– Radio Caraibes and AudioNow® Digital, a leading provider of in-language mobile apps for radio broadcasters, announced today the launch of a new mobile application for Haiti’s largest broadcaster. The app is free to download and is now available anywhere globally on Apple and Android stores.

Radio Tele Caraibes has expanded its partnership with AudioNow Digital by providing unique mobile apps to reach more listeners around the world, on any smartphone.

In a first for AudioNow Digital, the mobile application designed for Radio Tele Caraibes will now include “Radio Reporter”, a feature which allows listeners anywhere to submit video, audio, photography, and text as they happen back to the news desk at the broadcaster. This feature will help Caraibes’ mission to strengthen engagement between its audience and the station, by giving listeners the power to serve as citizen journalists, attuned to news that matters the most to the Haitian community worldwide.

Additional features on the AudioNow designed apps include one-touch call-to-listen enabling listeners to call broadcasters via Wifi at no cost from anywhere in the world; user-selected streaming bandwidth to better manage subscriber data costs; direct messaging to stations; sharing through social media; and push notifications.

“This app is a milestone for RadioTele Caraibes, as it allows listeners around the world to access our content while they are away from home,” said Patrick Moussignac, General Manager of Radio Tele Caraibes. “Having the island’s most popular weekly talk-show available on-demand is something we’re happy to offer our listeners via our new app.”

“We are honored to be launching Radio Reporter with Radio Tele Caraibes,” said Rebecca Walker, Director of Strategic Partnerships at AudioNow® Digital. “The global Haitian community is very engaged with the station, and this platform allows another medium to communicate while on-the-go. It’s a novel idea that stations not only want to give news, but receive it from listeners as well.”

For more information about AudioNow® Digital contact Rebecca Walker at Rebecca.walker@audionowdigital.com or 202.621.2223

Kickoff Event for Global Diaspora Week: Global Diaspora Media Forum Recap

Overview by Sandra Romero; From the Forum Floor by Deborah Trent

Overview

On Tuesday October 14, 2014, IdEA, AudioNow and George Washington University’s Center for International Business Education and Research kicked off Global Diaspora Week with the Global Diaspora Media Forum (GDMF). The event gathered experts from diverse diaspora and communications organizations and focused on the interplay between mobile technologies and the impact and potential they have for diaspora communities around the world. Panel discussions honed in on political and diplomatic implications, as well as observed social trends and economic issues stemming from different cultural contexts and industry perspectives.

The world is increasingly dynamic and bursting with socio-political intricacies and technological novelties. Despite the long history of diasporas, today’s society demands attention to new challenges—simultaneously accompanied by new tools—that could expand opportunities to fully engage diasporas in host countries. At the same time, diasporas live across a spectrum of socio-economic statuses and not every diaspora has uniform access to these tools and opportunities. Afternoon Keynote David Ensor, Director of Voice of America, highlighted the prevalence of mobile devices in some regions in Africa, where he has met food insecure people who are hard pressed to abandon their cell phones.

Unsurprisingly, the second panel, “Leveraging Diaspora Capital: Media Trends & Innovative Solutions”, highlighted the importance for diasporas and countries of origin to stay connected. Even non-traditional means such as financial services can channel information and ideas on topics such as national security, health, and jobs. Innovative solutions are emerging to engage broader audiences and social sectors.

From the Forum Floor

GDMF hummed all day with engaging presentations. There was plenty of action all around the room, too. The shared commitment of every participant to strengthen diaspora-media relations and promote socioeconomic progress around the globe gave the Forum an intimate, purposeful atmosphere.

The three Forum sponsors, IdEA, GW-CIBER, and AudioNow demonstrated the power of public-private partnership, convening an Inspiring group of broadcasters, journalists, educators, students, entrepreneurs, and development specialists from across all sectors and continents.

Rebecca Walker of AudioNow helped welcome the Forum, hoping for the conference to not just be a discussion but a chance to create actionable agendas as well. The morning keynote—David Duckenfield of the U.S. Department of State (State and the USAID provide leadership and financial support to IdEA)—called for sharing stories about working to improve situations abroad, transnationally, and at home. He wished the attendees good luck putting their ideas into actions.

Interesting insights emerged about effective practices. The first panel, “Diaspora Political Engagement: Media Challenges, Opportunities & What’s Next”, included speakers serving Mexican and Filipino Americans, two of the largest US-based diasporas. Washington-based Mexican diplomat Vanessa Calva remarked that with 10% of the country’s population residing in the U.S., a major challenge is just to identify and keep current on the biggest needs of and most responsive programs for the diverse Mexican American population.

Filipino diplomat Elmer Cato underscored the effectiveness of partnering with the private sector, including with AudioNow. The firm set up FM radio stations in the Philippines and at the embassy in D.C. Soon, a mobile app will aid the diaspora in donating funds digitally during disasters, and with “the new normal” of more frequent, stronger storms, this and other partnerships are vital.

Canadian Haitian radio entrepreneur Harold Isaac, of Kiskeya International Inc., said the diaspora is the real middle class of Haiti, sending about $2 Billion each year in remittances and creating a lot of business opportunities. He also sounded what for me was a major theme of the Forum, that the fragmented politics in Haiti and among the diaspora requires the different groups to better organize themselves to make political change on the island. Anne Bennett, of the Swiss news media NGO Hirondelle USA, summed up that there is enormous potential for increased partnership with the private sector in technology, political engagement, and development.

Audience participants had ideas and insights suggesting an action agenda. A Sierra Leonian teacher expressed concern about starving, uneducated children in the aftermath of Ebola. Ms. Bennett responded empathically, having worked in the country to build a community radio station at a college there, but agreed that there is an immense need for more on-the-ground operations around basic human needs as well as news, information, and transnational communication. World leaders need not only to contribute more human, technical, and financial resources now but prepare for the post-epidemic era.

The third and final panel, “Conversing with the Diaspora: Transnational Socio-Cultural Engagement trough Media” pulled the thread of organizing for action through a discussion of transnational digital identity-making as a socio-cultural process requiring deeper understanding and experience by the media as well as diasporan entrepreneurs and activists. Moderator Jennifer Brinkerhoff (on the GW faculty) explained that the media should appreciate and engage diasporan cyber-grassroots organizations as they are sorting out their missions, resources, and goals.

The four panelists related many experiences about how media outlets can converse more effectively with these dynamic, diverse groups so that they have voice and contribute to their countries of heritage: Mita Hosali of the UN News and Media Division; Nermen Riad, Coptic Orphans (Egypt); George Lehner, Fund for Peace; and Meaza Birru, Sheger FM Radio (Ethiopia).

At the UN, they understand that diasporans love the spoken word, but they want to reach them on other platforms, and not just in conflict situations or on breaking news. After the siege of Homs, Syria, UN broadcasters were on the ground interviewing, but the most-followed event at the recent UN General Assembly was the Nepali Prime Minister’s speech. Ms. Hosali and members of the audience repeated the call for partnerships to increase community radio, and both she and Ms. Birru underscored the need for credible, balanced reporting, whether it be on current events or long-term political and economic development.

Ms. Riad has experience social media as a critical way to cultivate diasporan identity. Mr. Lehner expressed concern that media and NGOs in other sectors need to have thought through why they are contacting diasporans before trying to engage. He and Dr. Brinkerhoff also observed that diasporans can be good communicators on social media and perform a vital service, e.g., in the current Ebola crisis, but social media engagement requires sophisticated reporting and compiling skills to get the job done accurately and relationally.

All in all, it was a day that far exceeded expectations for depth and potential future efforts. Thanks to IdEA for hosting this post. Follow the author Debbie Trent: @dlt4pd. Bio at http://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/users/deborah_trent.

Keynote Addresses by: David Ensor, Director of Voice of America and DAS David A. Duckenfield, U.S. Department of State

Panel: Diaspora Political Engagement: Media Challenges, Opportunities & What’s Next Elmer Cato, Embassy of the Philippines; Vanessa Calva, Mexican Embassy; Harold Isaac, Radio Kiskeya; and Anne Bennett, Hirondelle Foundation. Moderator: Dr. Nathan Jensen, Associate Professor of International Business, George Washington University

Panel: Leveraging Diaspora Capital: Media Trends & Innovative Solutions Patrick Kennedy, Millennial Strategies; Amanda Bergson, Pennsylvania Welcoming Center; John Samuel, Homestrings; and Nandini Harihareswara, USAID.
Moderator: Dr. Liesl Riddle, George Washington University

Panel: Conversing with the Diaspora: Transnational Socio-Cultural Engagement through Media Nermien Riad, Coptic Orphans; George Lehner, Chairman of the Fund for Peace; Meaza Biru, Sheger FM; and Mita Hosali, UN Radio.
Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Brinkerhoff, George Washington University

Deutsche Welle, Germany’s International Broadcaster, and AudioNow Announce Mobile Radio Distribution Agreement

Deutsche Welle, Germany’s International Broadcaster, and AudioNow Announce Mobile Radio Distribution Agreement

BONN, GERMANY and WASHINGTON, D.C., October 15, 2014 – In a first for the United States, Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, and AudioNow, the world’s largest call-to-listen mobile technology platform, announced a partnership today that makes AudioNow a call-to-listen provider for Deutsche Welle , extending the reach of its programs.

U.S. audiences can now hear live daily news programs in six languages from Deutsche Welle on any mobile device. The service does not require a smartphone or apps and uses voice minutes rather than data plans. Broadcasts are available in Amharic; English; French; Hausa; Kiswahili and Portuguese at the following numbers:

Deutsche Welle Amharic: 712.432.2900
Deutsche Welle English: 712.432.2950
Deutsche Welle French: 712.432.2930
Deutsche Welle Hausa: 712.432.2920
Deutsche Welle Kiswahili: 712.432.2910
Deutsche Welle Portuguese: 712.432.2940

Each week, Deutsche Welle reaches more than 100 million people worldwide in 30 languages through a full range of television, radio, and online services. Known for its in-depth, reliable news and information, and founded in 1953, Deutsche Welle’s focus is on intercultural dialogue, with more than 1,500 employees and hundreds of freelancers from 60 countries working in headquarters in Bonn and in Berlin. In 1994 DW was the first public broadcaster in Germany to go online.

In addition to call-to-listen phone numbers, AudioNow Digital will be designing a mobile app for Deutsche Welle that allows listeners in the USA the flexibility to choose between voice or data plans to access audio content, in addition to a suite of interactive features.

“Connecting diaspora audiences –who are often disconnected from breaking news in their own language –is something the AudioNow platform was designed for. Deutsche Welle is known for its high-quality reporting, and it’s an honor to connect them to listeners on -the-go in the U.S., who may be without access to the information they seek and need,” said Alexandra Moe, Director of Strategic Partnerships at AudioNow.

For more information on AudioNow’s partnership with Deutsche Welle, please contact Alexandra Moe at: Alexandra.moe@audionow.com . At Deutsche Welle, please contact Viola Zintgraf at: viola.zintgraf@dw.de

ABOUT DEUTSCHE WELLE:
Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international broadcaster and a trusted source for reliable, unbiased news and information. DW delivers the latest insights and analysis of the issues that are moving the world with regional television lineups and radio and online content available in 30 different languages.

ABOUT AUDIONOW:
AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favorite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 2,200 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2013 AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners, in 76 different languages, and connected users 84 million times to its platform.

AudioNow Announces Mobile Campaign to Support CDC’s Ebola Response

AudioNow Announces Mobile Campaign to Support CDC’s Ebola Response

PSAs airing in Liberia, Guinea, and Across U.S. Broadcasters serving West African Diaspora

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 10, 2014 — In an effort to reach communities in West Africa with urgent health messages on Ebola, as well as West African diaspora in the U.S., AudioNow announced an initiative today, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to air radio public service announcements about protection and how to keep the disease from spreading.

AudioNow, the largest call-to-listen platform in the United States, partners with over 2,000 broadcasters around the world to connect their audio programs to mobile phones. In 76 different languages, and over 90 different ethnic groups, the platform is unique in reaching hard-to-reach communities on mobile phones.

The PSAs will air in English, French, Hausa, and Fulani on specific AudioNow partner stations and will focus on informing and educating audiences about symptoms and transmission. The PSAs airing in the United States offer an extended feature for further detailed information if requested. In addition to the domestic PSAs, AudioNow is also helping share two PSAs in Liberia and Guinea: one from former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who recorded a PSA at CDC emphasizing the risk of funeral practices that involve the touching of bodies; and one from the First Lady of Guinea Djene Kaba Condé, who recorded a PSA at CDC about hand-washing and the importance of early hospital treatment.

“West African communities in the United States are a critical link in getting health messages about Ebola to their friends and family in West Africa,” said Vivi Siegel, outreach lead for CDC’s Ebola Joint Information Center. “Many are concerned and anxious about the outbreak and are looking for ways to help. This partnership is an opportunity to reach these communities through a source of media they use every day.”

AudioNow is conducting the campaign on a pro bono basis.

“It’s an honor to help the CDC reach hard-to-reach audiences at a time of global health crisis,” said Elan Blutinger, CEO of AudioNow. “West African diaspora in the U.S. are a trusted source of messages for those in their home countries, and it’s important to work with them to effectively transmit accurate health messages to West Africa.”

New immigrant talent study will help six cities leverage local talent to contribute to economic development


World Education Services to lead study with $70,000 from Knight Foundation

NEW YORK-Oct. 2, 2014-A new study of college-educated immigrants will track the experiences of underutilized, skilled immigrants in six cities to discover ways to better integrate and leverage the talents of workers who were educated abroad. The study is being led by the nonprofit World Education Services with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The study will survey immigrants in four cities where Knight invests through its community and national initiatives program: Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia and San Jose, Calif. Boston and Seattle will also be included in the survey because of their large population of college-educated immigrants, and their potential to uncover valuable lessons for other cities.Knight Foundation logo

The U.S. is home to approximately 3.7 million college-educated immigrants who received their degrees abroad. However, 26 percent of these skilled workers are unemployed or working in low-wage jobs. This so called “brain waste” has negative consequences for immigrants and their families, as well as employers looking for high-skilled workers, and cities seeking to advance their economy.

“Gathering this information will help ensure that cities can draw on the full talents of their foreign-born residents,” said Paul Feltman, director of the Global Talent Bridge initiative at World Education Services. “While many of these individuals hold jobs as doctors or engineers, others have struggled to transfer their international credentials and obtain professional employment in the United States; this study will help us to understand why.”

“The large pool of college-educated immigrants in these cities includes untapped talent that can contribute to economic development,” said Carol Coletta, Knight Foundation vice president of community and national initiatives. “Using this new data the six cities can craft a plan for action, and identify ways to integrate these skilled workers into the fabric of the community.”

The first-of-its-kind study will track the career paths of workers who were educated abroad to determine the factors that lead to their success or limit their progress. Results will be used to create a set of recommendations for cities to better integrate skilled workers into their communities, and take advantage of their many talents.

As part of IMPRINT (Immigrant Professional Integration), a coalition of organizations active in skilled immigrant integration, World Education Services will collaborate on this project with other IMPRINT members and community partners.

In addition, the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University will serve as lead research partner.

Finally, AudioNow, a technology company that helps radio stations reach immigrant listeners via mobile phone, will join the project as a research partner.

“Working with AudioNow will allow us to reach immigrants who may be difficult or impossible to reach via traditional survey methods,” said Feltman. “People who are calling into a radio show already have a trusted relationship with the broadcaster, making them more likely to consent to participating in the survey when asked.”

The results of the study are expected to be released in early 2015.

About the Organizations

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit
www.KnightFoundation.org

About World Education Services
World Education Services (WES) is the leading source of international education intelligence. WES is a not-for-profit organization with nearly 40 years’ experience evaluating international credentials. WES provides more than 100,000 evaluations each year that are accepted by thousands of academic institutions, employers, licensing and certification boards, and government agencies in the U.S. and Canada. WES’s Global Talent Bridge initiative is dedicated to helping skilled immigrants fully utilize their talents and education in the United States. Learn more at www.wes.org

About IMPRINT
IMPRINT (Immigrant Professional Integration) is a national coalition of nonprofit organizations. Founded in 2011, IMPRINT is an advocate for federal, state and local policies that aid in the economic integration of immigrant professionals. Learn more at www.imprintproject.org

About the Institute for Immigration Research
The Institute for Immigration Research is a joint venture between George Mason University and The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) of Massachusetts. Its mission is to refocus the immigration conversation among academics, policy-makers and the public, including the business community and media, by producing and disseminating unbiased and objective, interdisciplinary academic research related to immigrants and immigration to the United States.
Learn more about the Institute for Immigration Research

About AudioNow
AudioNow, based in Washington, D.C., is the world’s largest mobile platform connecting radio broadcasters to listeners in the diaspora through call-to-listen technology. With more than 2,200 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, Radio France International, Radio Free Asia, and the Voice of America, AudioNow reaches more than 130 different nationalities and ethnic groups, also providing unique research and survey capabilities unavailable anywhere in the world. Learn more at www.audionow.com

CONTACTS:

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, IMPRINT, Communications and Policy Director
215-557-2835, amanda@imprintproject.org

Natalie White, AudioNow, Manager of Market Research
202-621-2285, natalie.white@audionow.com

Anusha Alikhan, Director of Communications, Knight Foundation
305-908-2677, media@knightfoundation.org

United Nations Radio Launches First Multilingual Mobile App

September 26, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. AND NEW YORK – The United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) and AudioNow® Digital, a leading provider of in-language mobile apps for radio broadcasters, today announced that audio content from the United Nations in eight languages is now accessible through UN Radio’s first mobile UN Audio Channels application. UN Audio Channels app is immediately available, free of charge, on the Google Play store and Apple Store. Download the app from any Android or iPhone.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary – General Ban Ki-moon, speaking about the UN Audio Channels App:

United Nations Radio produces daily news content in eight languages and weekly programmes in three additional languages. Covering meetings and events at UN Headquarters in New York, UN Radio also produces news features and analyses on a variety of social, political, economic, development and cultural issues involving the UN and its work. Using the new UN Audio Channels app, listeners can now hear UN Radio content from anywhere in the world on a smartphone – including information programmes, news bulletins, feature stories and interviews in the six UN official languages of Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, as well as in Kiswahili and Portuguese.

Additionally, app users can listen to the daily press briefings and live coverage of the UN General Assembly and Security Council meetings wherever they are – no TV or computer necessary – in the six UN official languages.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with AudioNow by offering our audio content through this new mobile app,” says Ms. Hua Jiang, Acting Director of the News and Media Division at the United Nations. “With one global app offering content in 8 languages, we hope that we can reach more people, bringing UN stories and issues directly to them.”

Through the UN Audio Channels app from AudioNow Digital, listeners have the option of streaming digitally from anywhere in the world or placing an in-app voice call from Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, and The United States. Listeners can also choose their bandwidth; interact directly with UN Radio through Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, and other social media channels; and hear live meetings as they unfold from New York or Geneva.

“We are honored to launch the very first audio mobile app from the UN and help extend the reach of its programming throughout the world on a pro bono basis in support of their mission,” said Mr. Elan Blutinger, CEO of AudioNow Digital. “This initiative builds on the existing call-to-listen partnership with AudioNow and ensures that UN content is available through any mobile phone.”

Apps from AudioNow Digital create an immersive, two-way experience between broadcasters and their listeners. Features include: one-touch call-to-listen; user control of bandwidth size to manage data costs; direct messaging with stations; sharing through social media; and, push notifications.

For more information about AudioNow® Digital contact Rebecca Walker at 202.621.2223 or Rebecca.walker@audionowdigital.com.

For more information about AudioNow and their collaboration with the UN, please contact Alexandra Moe at alexandra.moe@audionow.com or 202-621-2284.

At the UN, please contact the Partnerships Unit, News and Media Division, DPI at mediapartnerships@un.org or 917-367-5007. You can also visit the UN Multimedia website at http://www.unmultimedia.org/audio_by_phone.html.

About the United Nations

Founded in 1945, the now 193-member United Nations Organization aims to maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations; to cooperate in solving international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems and in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in attaining these ends.

About AudioNow® Digital

AudioNow® Digital is a leading provider of highly innovative, in-language mobile apps for radio broadcasters around the world. Our Active AppsSM turn radio into an interactive experience for both listeners and broadcasters, and are designed specifically for listeners in the diaspora and the stations that seek to reach them.