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Photo by Richard T. James, Jr.

On September 24th, we’re collaborating with WDET 101.9 FM’s Question of the Day to kick off a week of you telling us what we need to know about Campus Martius Park, in order to inform our mobile audio tour. The park, located in the heart of downtown, has a history that dates back from before the Civil War and through a period when the park was adjacent to Kennedy Square. So this week we’re asking you: “­­­­­­­­What experiences or stories do you have of Campus Martius Park?”

Only responses left on Monday, September 24th may be heard on WDET but really we want to hear from you up until Sunday, September 30th, 2012. Your responses will help us make sure we’re getting the whole story on Campus Martius as we put together the audio script for our tour. Here are a few different ways you can share with us the stories you have about the park:

Leave us a voicemail

Call (951) 262-3438 to leave us a voicemail. It’s just a weird area code because we got the number on the internet. There is no fee for you to call and it should just take you a minute to leave your message.

Record your message using the SoundCloud website

If you don’t have one already, take a quick second to set up a free SoundCloud account, then come back to here and click on this link. Make sure you have the most recent Flash and that you enable your computer’s internal microphone when prompted. Press the ‘Record’ button and respond to one or more of our prompts. If you don’t like your recording, you’ll have a chance to redo it as many times as you need. Once satisfied, upload your response on the following page: http://soundcloud.com/groups/tell-us-about-campus-martius/dropbox  The final step is to click on the pen icon on your wave form to edit your settings.  Make sure that you’ve enabled your file to be downloaded.

Record your message using the SoundCloud App

Sometimes its easier to record using the SoundCloud App on a smartphone than it is to record on a computer. If you haven’t already, you must first download the SoundCloud App onto your phone. It’s free and worth it. Then open up the App and click on the orange “REC” circle on the bottom menu bar. Then hit the orange “REC” button that pops up in the middle of your screen to start recording. To stop recording, press it again. If you don’t like what you’ve recorded, press “Reset” and try it again. Once satisfied, press “Save.”

Now you might actually want to login to SoundCloud on a computer. Then come back to this page and click on this link. Once there, click on the blue link underneath the “Choose File” button that says, “Select an Already Uploaded File.” A list of files you’ve already uploaded to SoundCloud will pop up. Find the one you just recorded on your App.  The final step is to click on the pen icon on your wave form to edit your settings.  Make sure that you’ve enabled your file to be downloaded.

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NOTE: Responses left on Monday, September 24th may be broadcast on 101.9 FM WDET. Responses left on any other date may still be broadcast, podcast, used in an installation, or shared through social network sites. By participating, you’re saying that you’re okay with that.


The Detroit Mobile Audio Tour is a project that will enable visitors and residents alike to go to interesting places in the city and listen to audio about them, using their mobile phones.  Laura Herberg, the project’s creator, was recently awarded a SoundCloud Fellowship to help launch the first five locations of the tour.  By October 26, 2012 these five audio guides will be available to the public for listening.  We need you to help us spread the word about this project and to help us secure future funding.

Communications/Development Intern Duties
Grow our followers on social network sites like Twitter, Facebook and our email list
Promote aspects of our project through social network sites
Create and write posts for our blog
Help create our weekly newsletter using MailChimp
Draft fundraising proposals for things like the Awesome Grant, Kickstarter, and Detroit Soup
Determine other grants we may be eligible for and get us lined up to apply for those

Communications/Development Intern Duties May Also Include
Helping to promote our Narration Contest by signing folks up on the street and at events
Helping to plan our launch party and fundraiser
Helping to draft audio scripts
Giving feedback on audio scripts
Helping to book narrators for their recordings
Recruiting organizations to collaborate with

Intern Must
Have access to high speed internet
Be available to meet at cafes or other locations in the city for team meetings a couple days a week
Be reasonably available via texting or emailing throughout the day.
Be available for a phone chat to discuss work priorities most mornings.
Be able to work on the weekends (for a few hours, usually remotely)
Be proficient with WordPress Blogs or be a quick learner
Be familar with Google Docs
Be proficient with Twitter
Be okay with calling people for more information

Ideal Skills
Experience with MailChimp
Experience using SoundCloud
Knows bells and whistles of Facebook
Light audio editing skills (knows how to cut something in Garage Band)
Knows how to implement basic html code (links, spaces, etc)

Bonus Skills
Design skills
Coding skills
Video skills

Time Commitment
Between 9/17/12 – 11/1/12 we’ll ask you to work around two hours a day, seven days a week.  Most work can be done remotely, but as mentioned, we would like to see you in person at a cafe or library a couple days a week.

The intern will receive a stipend of $200 upon successful completion of the internship, November 1, 2012.

If interested please send a cover letter and resume to detroitaudiotour@gmail.com by Sunday, September 23, 2012. Please paste the cover letter in the body of your email.  If you prefer to link to a wesbite rather than a word doc resume, that is fine.  In the subject, please put “DMAT Communications/Development Intern Application.”  Applications are open until September 19th but we may select an intern before then so if interested, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  If you have questions you can send them to Laura at detroitaudiotour@gmail.com or call (206) 446 – 1491.


We want to make one thing clear: we know there’s a lot of cool Detroit tourism stuff that has existed in this city long before we came around. At the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour, our goal is not to overshadow those efforts but, instead, to shed light on them.

One of the fun organizations that gives tours in Detroit is Feet on the Street Tours, run by Linda Yellin.  Delish Detroit, the gastronomical subdivision of Feet on the Street, invites you to join them on ‘food crawls’ in the city, where a taste for tourism and culinary appreciation come together.

This week we’re teaming up with Delish Detroit to offer you two tickets to one of their “Come Hungry, Leave Happy,” Eastern Market tours.  The tickets up for grabs are for a tour on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.  This is an $80 value.  You can find out more information about the tour by going here. Keep reading to find out the simple ways you can enter to win tickets to the “Come Hungry, Leave Happy,” Eastern Market tour with Delish Detroit.

IMAGE: Delish Detroit

There are two ways you can enter to win the tickets:

OPTION 1:  Facebook

First step, ‘Like’ the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour Facebook page.  You can find our page by going here. If you’ve liked our Facebook page prior to reading about this contest – then no sweat – you’re one step ahead.  Once you’ve liked our Facebook page, all you have to do is share the link to our page on Facebook.  In order to be eligible to win, you must share our page between Monday, September 17 — Saturday, September 23, 2012.  If you’ve shared it prior to that time period, you’ll have to share it again to be eligible for the tickets.

OPTION 2:  Our Newsletter

Sign up to receive our weekly email updates by clicking here.  If you’ve subscribed to our email list prior to Monday, September 17th then in order to enter the contest you will need to forward our last newsletter to one of your friends. In order for us to be able to track that you’ve forwarded the email, you’ll have to click the ‘forward to a friend’ link located at the bottom of our newsletter (below the narration flier), instead of simply forwarding the email like you normally do. If you go the newsletter route, in order to be eligible to win, you must either sign up for our weekly updates between Monday, September 17 — Saturday, September 23, 2012 or forward our latest newsletter to a friend, within that time period.

Selecting and Notifying the Winner

After midnight on Saturday, September 23, 2012 we will randomly select one person who successfully entered the contest.  If this person entered the contest via Facebook, we will contact them via a Facebook message, and if they entered the contest via our newsletter then we will contact them via email.  The winner will be notified on Sunday, September 23rd before 9pm EST.

If you have any questions you can contact Laura at detroitaudiotour@gmail.com.


Photo taken by: Karpov the Wrecked Train

On September 17th, we’re collaborating with WDET 101.9 FM’s Question of the Day to kick off a week of you telling us what we need to know about this location, in order to inform our mobile audio tour.  This week we’re asking you:  “­­­­­­­­What stories have you heard about what it was like to work at the Highland Park Ford Plant?”

Only responses left on Monday, September 17th may be heard on WDET but really we want to hear from you up until Sunday, September 23rd, 2012. Your responses will help us make sure we’re getting the whole story on Highland Park Ford Plant as we put together the audio script for our tour. Here are a few different ways you can share with us, the stories you’ve heard about the plant:

Leave us a voicemail

Call (951) 262-3438 to leave us a voicemail.  It’s just a weird area code because we got the number on the internet.  There is no fee for you to call and it should just take you a minute to leave your message.

Record your message using the SoundCloud website

If you don’t have one already, take a quick second to set up a free SoundCloud account, then come back to here and click on this link.  Make sure you have the most recent Flash and that you enable your computer’s microphone when prompted.  Press the ‘Record’ button and respond to one or more of our prompts.  If you don’t like your recording, you’ll have a chance to redo it as many times as you need.  Once satisfied, upload your response on the following page: http://soundcloud.com/groups/tell-us-about-the-highland-park-ford-plant/dropbox

Record your message using the SoundCloud App

Sometimes its easier to record using the SoundCloud App on a smartphone than it is to record on a computer.  If you haven’t already, you must first download the SoundCloud App onto your phone.  It’s free and worth it.  Then open up the App and click on the orange “REC” circle on the bottom menu bar.  Then hit the orange “REC” button that pops up in the middle of your screen to start recording.  To stop recording, press it again.  If you don’t like what you’ve recorded, press “Reset” and try it again.  Once satisfied, press “Save.”

Now you might actually want to login to SoundCloud on a computer.  Then come back to this page and click on this link.  Once there, click on the blue link underneath the “Choose File” button that says, “Select an Already Uploaded File.”  A list of files you’ve already uploaded to SoundCloud will pop up.  Find the one you just recorded on your App.

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Should be self explanatory.

NOTE:  Responses left on Monday, September 17th only may be broadcast on 101.9 FM WDET. Responses left on any other date may still be broadcast, podcast, used in an installation, or shared through social network sites.  By participating, you’re saying that you’re okay with that.


This week we’re excited to announce a third site to be featured as part of the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour.  The Dr. Ossian Sweet House will be added to the list of locations on the tour, which already include Eastern Market and Michigan Central Station.  Keep reading to find out how you can share your insight…

Photo by Karpov the Wrecked Train

In September 1925, Sweet, a successful African American man, moved his family into a white neighborhood on Detroit’s eastside. Shots were fired from Sweet’s home when a mob formed outside.  The incident led to a landmark trial.

Each week as we reveal another location to be featured on our tour when it launches this November, we’re asking you a question that will help us shape the audio for that particular spot.  On September 10th, we’re collaborating with WDET 101.9 FM’s Question of the Day to hear from you.  We would like you to tell us:

How segregated does Detroit feel to you today?

Only responses left on Monday, September 10th may be heard on WDET but, really, we want to hear from you all week long –  up until Sunday, September 16, 2012. Your responses will help us add another layer to this story.

Here are a few different ways you can answer the above question between September 10 – 16th:

Leave us a voicemail

Call (951) 262-3438 to leave us a voicemail.  It’s just a weird area code because we got the number on the internet.  There is no fee for you to call and it should just take you a minute to leave your message.

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Should be self explanatory.

Record your message using the SoundCloud website

Isn’t technology cool?  With most new computers you are now able to record a clear response just by going to a website.  If you don’t have a SoundCloud account already, then take a quick second to sign up for a free account.  It’s easy and will be worth it.  Then come back to here and click on this link to go the right spot on the SoundCloud site. Make sure you have the most recent Flash and that you enable your computer’s internal microphone when prompted (no need to plug in an actual microphone).  Press the ‘Record’ button and respond to one or more of our prompts.  If you don’t like your recording, you’ll have a chance to redo it as many times as you need.  Once satisfied, upload your response on the following page: http://soundcloud.com/groups/tell-us-about-the-legacy-of-dr-ossian-sweets-home/dropbox  Please make sure that you’ve left it so that your audio file is downloadable.

Record your message using the SoundCloud App

Sometimes its easier to record using the SoundCloud App on a smartphone than it is to record on a computer.  If you haven’t already, you must first download the SoundCloud App onto your phone.  It’s free and worth it.  Then open up the App and click on the orange “REC” circle on the bottom menu bar.  Then hit the orange “REC” button that pops up in the middle of your screen to start recording.  To stop recording, press it again.  If you don’t like what you’ve recorded, press “Reset” and try it again.  Once satisfied, press “Save.”

Now you might actually want to login to SoundCloud on a computer.  Then come back to this page and click here to go to the right spot on SoundCloud. Once there, click on the blue link underneath the “Choose File” button that says, “Select an Already Uploaded File.”  A list of files you’ve already uploaded to SoundCloud will pop up.  Find the one you just recorded on your App and upload it.  Please make sure that you’ve left it so that your audio file is downloadable.  If your file does not say “download” across the top then you need to view your audio file and click on the “edit” pen to get into the settings.  Make sure that the you have enabled downloads.

PLEASE NOTE:  Responses left on Monday, September 10th may be broadcast on 101.9 FM WDET. Responses left on any other date may still be broadcasted, podcasted, used in an installation, or highlighted on this blog.  By participating, you’re saying that you’re okay with that.


Last week we announced that the first site to be featured as part of the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour will be Eastern Market.  This week we’re pleased to announced that our second site will be Michigan Central Station.

Michigan Central Station. Photo by Dr. Richard T. James, Jr.

Just like last Monday, on September 3rd, we’re collaborating with WDET 101.9 FM’s Question of the Day to kick off a week of you telling us what we need to know about this location, in order to inform our mobile audio tour.  This week we’re asking you:

“What experiences have you had with Michigan Central Station?”  

What memories do you have of when it was still operational or, maybe, since it closed? Do you know anything about it that you think we should know?

Only responses left on Monday, September 3rd have a chance of being heard on WDET but really we want to hear from you up until Sunday, September 8, 2012. Your responses will help us make sure we’re getting the whole story on Michigan Central Station as we put together the audio script for our tour. Here are a few different ways you can share with us, the experiences you’ve had with Michigan Central Station:

Leave us a voicemail

Call (951) 262-3438 to leave us a voicemail.  It’s just a weird area code because we got the number on the internet.  There is no fee for you to call and it should just take you a second to leave your message.

Record your message using the SoundCloud website

If you don’t have one already, take a quick second to set up a free SoundCloud account, then come back to here and click on this link.  Make sure you have the most recent Flash and that you enable your computer’s microphone when prompted.  Press the ‘Record’ button and respond to one or more of our prompts.  If you don’t like your recording, you’ll have a chance to redo it as many times as you need.  Once satisfied, upload your response on the following page: http://soundcloud.com/groups/tell-us-about-michigan-central-station/dropbox

Record your message using the SoundCloud App

Sometimes its easier to record using the SoundCloud App on a smartphone than it is to record on a computer.  If you haven’t already, you must first download the SoundCloud App onto your phone.  It’s free and worth it.  Then open up the App and click on the orange “REC” circle on the bottom menu bar.  Then hit the orange “REC” button that pops up in the middle of your screen to start recording.  To stop recording, press it again.  If you don’t like what you’ve recorded, press “Reset” and try it again.  Once satisfied, press “Save.”

Now you might actually want to login to SoundCloud on a computer.  Then come back to this page and click on this link.  Once there, click on the blue link underneath the “Choose File” button that says, “Select an Already Uploaded File.”  A list of files you’ve already uploaded to SoundCloud will pop up.  Find the one you just recorded on your App.

Comment Below

Should be self explanatory.

NOTE:  Responses left on Monday, September 3rd only may be broadcast on 101.9 FM WDET. Responses left on any other date may still be broadcasted, podcasted, used in an installation, or highlighted on this blog.  By participating, you’re saying that you’re okay with that.


The first site that we have chosen to be featured as part of the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour will be Eastern Market.  Over half of you who came to our site poll  voted for Eastern Market among your top picks.  Now we’re looking for you to help us get Eastern Market’s back-story right.

The “Grown in Detroit” stand at Eastern Market. Photo by Dr. Richard T. James, Jr.

On Monday, August 27th, we’re collaborating with WDET 101.9 FM’s Question of the Day to ask, “What under the radar information do you think people should know about Eastern Market?  

But really, all week long we want to hear from you.  We want you to answer any or all of the following prompts:

-What memories do you have of going to the Eastern Market?

-How do you currently interact with Eastern Market?

-How does the Eastern Market represent how Detroit was, how it is today, and how it might be in the future?

-What under the radar information do you think people should know about Eastern Market?

Leave us a voicemail

Call (951) 262-3438 to leave us a voicemail.  It’s just a weird area code because we got the number on the internet.  There is no fee for you to call and it should just take you a second to leave your message.

Record your message using the SoundCloud website

Take a quick second to set up a free SoundCloud account, then come back to here and click on this link.  Make sure you have the most recent Flash and that you enable your computer’s microphone when prompted.  Press the ‘Record’ button and respond to one or more of our prompts.  If you don’t like your recording, you’ll have a chance to redo it as many times as you need.  Once satisfied, upload your response on the following page: http://soundcloud.com/groups/tell-us-about-eastern-market/dropbox

Record your message using the SoundCloud App

Sometimes its easier to record using the SoundCloud App on a ‘Smart phone,’ than it is to record on a computer.  If you haven’t already, you must first download the SoundCloud App onto your phone.  It’s free and worth it.  Then open up the App and click on the orange “REC” circle on the bottom menu bar.  Hit the orange “REC” button that pops up in the middle on your screen to start recording.  To stop recording, press it again.  If you don’t like what you’ve recorded, press “Reset” and try it again.  Once satisfied, press “Save.”

Now you might actually want to log in to SoundCloud on a computer.  Then come back to this page and click on this link.  Once there, click on the blue link underneath the “Choose File” button that says, “Select an Already Uploaded File.”  A list of files you’ve already uploaded to SoundCloud will pop up.  Find the one you just recorded on your App.

Comment Below

Should be self explanatory.

NOTE:  Responses left on Monday, August 27th may be broadcast on 101.9 FM WDET. Responses left on any other date may still be broadcasted, podcasted, used in an installation, or highlighted on this blog.  By participating, you’re saying that you’re cool with any of this going down.


Here are some possible solutions…

  • Make sure that you’re logged in to SoundCloud.  If you don’t have an account yet, then get one here.  It’s quick and it’s free.  But make sure you log in to your email account to confirm your email address.  Once logged in, go back to the original page you were on and start the process over so that you can record your response.
  • If you get a pop-up message asking you to enable your computer’s microphone, say “Yes.”  You need that on so you can record.
  • Do you have the latest version of Flash?  You need it to use SoundCloud’s recorder.  If you don’t have it, get it here.  It’s also quick and free to download.
  • If you’re still having trouble you can email us at detroitaudiotour@gmail.com.  We’re no IT experts but we’ll do our best.  We’d like you to be able to share your story on this place!
  • Last but not least, you can always tell us about this Detroit place by leaving a voicemail.  You can do that by calling (951) 262-3438.

Yesterday I went down to Detroit’s recently renovated riverfront to ask residents and visitors what they think the most interesting sites in the city are.  Here’s what they had to say…

[I spoke to several people and their voices are mixed together in this quick audio montage.]

It’s true.  The places people mentioned are all very nice to visit.  Many of these sites are often referred to as ‘gems’ of Detroit.  But I’ll be honest, I’m a little surprised how few people had any other places to suggest.  It’s as if, to the people I spoke to, Belle Isle, the riverfront, our world class museums and the casinos are the only things this city has to offer to tourists.  Now, I know that’s just not true.

Right now the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour is trying to determine what should be the first five places featured on our tour.  We talked to area aficionados and easily came up with a list of 25 spots.  In fact our list was too long originally and we had to debate what to cross off.

So now, for those of you familiar with the city, we need you to look at the list and vote on the five places that you think have the best back-story that isn’t currently being told in its space.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE ON WHAT SHOULD BE THE FIRST FIVE SITES FEATURED BY THE DETROIT MOBILE AUDIO TOUR.

We extended the voting until Wednesday, August 29th, but that’s coming up fast.  So if you want to have a say, please get your vote in now.  Then share this link so that others can weigh in as well. We’re hoping this will spread so that the sites chosen will be ones that most Detroiters can get behind.

Thanks!  I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

Laura

PLEASE NOTE:  You may notice that there are no museums and very few businesses on the list.  That’s because we think these places speak for themselves.  Museums and businesses are already highly interactive and they don’t really need the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour to be added to that cacophony.  But by all means, please visit them!


As part of the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour, participants will be able to go to a handful of “must see” sites in the city of Detroit and use their mobile phones to listen to audio about what makes these spots interesting.  But at what sites?

The Detroit Mobile Audio Tour wants your input.  We spoke to Detroit tourism aficionados like Linda Yellin of Feet on the Street Tours and Jeanette Pierce of the D:hive to compile a list of 25 top Detroit sites that might make good stops on an audio tour.  Now we need YOU to help us pick what should actually be the first five sites on the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour.

TAKE THE DETROIT MOBILE AUDIO TOUR POLL

So far we’ve received some really great feedback about the sites on the poll.  What we can’t incorporate into these first five sites we will definitely use to help us figure out the next five sites… so please keep the feedback coming.  That said, I thought we deserved to give you an explanation for why we decided to not include certain items on this initial site list.

Why aren’t there any museums on the list?  Like the DIA,  the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, or the Motown Museum?

The reason is that Detroit’s world class museums don’t need a Detroit Mobile Audio Tour stop. Remember, we’re not telling people what to do and see in Detroit [that’s what the Belle Isle to 8 Mile insider’s guide will be for, and we know they’ll do a great job.]  Once visitors are at a site, our goal is to tell them what’s interesting about that space that’s not currently being said there in that space. Museums like the DIA, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and the Motown Museum are already very interactive and tell their own stories… and they tell those stories well! We just don’t think they need our voice to be added to the mix, because their own voice is so strong.

Where are the neighborhoods on the list?

How could we, at this point, justify picking one neighborhood over another?  There are so many interesting Detroit neighborhoods we feel like this has potential to be its own tour.  So we’re holding onto that idea for now.  Please tell us if you disagree.

What about Belle Isle?

There is SO MUCH happening on Belle Isle we feel like there’s no way we could cram it into one tour stop.  We feel that Belle Isle, as well, could be its own tour.  And we hope it just might some day.  But if you disagree and think it should be its own spot on the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour, please fight for it!

Why did you choose __ but not __?

We tried really hard to narrow the list down to 25 sites to make the poll easier for you all.  Unfortunately that meant we had to cross some really cool things off, oftentimes because there was already something similar, or because we wanted another category represented and something had to go.  That said, this is a big reason why question three on the poll gives you a chance to add your feedback.  If you think it’s weird that we included one site instead of another, please let us know!