$500K MacArthur Award for Public Radio Exchange

The MacArthur Foundation in Chicago announced yesterday that that the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), a Cambridge, MA-based nonprofit that  maintains an online library of independently-produced radio documentaries from which public radio station managers can select programs for broadcast, is one of eight organizations selected for its 2008 MacArthur Awards for Creative and Effective Institutions. The award comes with a $500,000 prize. PRX says it will use the money to migrate its Java-based Web service to the Ruby on Rails language, provide more seed funding for content creators, and add to its capital reserves.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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