When Jen & I first moved to Maryland, one of the first things we did was look for opportunities to network and make contacts in an area where we didn’t really know anyone.
It’s no secret that we are unabashed fans of Public Radio. When we were in DC last February for interviews, we toured NPR. It was a fun experience that I’d recommend to anyone. I got to sit in the director’s chair in the studio from where Morning Edition is broadcast. Tours are free, you just have to register for it online.
But I digress.
Since we are big fans of Public Radio, and avid listeners of WCPN when we lived in Cleveland, we were very happy to find that DC’s NPR affiliate, WAMU, has a networking group targeted for people like us: Young Informed Professionals (YIP).
Even better: It costs nothing to join. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
WAMU YIP offers many networking events throughout the year. We recently attended a Speed Networking at WAMU’s studios on the campus of American University. Before the Speed Networking began, we heard a talk from Michael Seifollahi, Lead Developer of NPR One.
NPR One is a pretty fantastic app for us Public Radio fans that are always on the go. I consider it to be like Pandora for NPR: In addition to getting you up-to-date on the latest news, it learns what stories you like, and adjusts what stories are pushed to you over time.
Jen had never used or heard of NPR One before Michael’s talk, but needless to say she downloaded it immediately.
Speed Networking was a lot of fun! We met a lot of contacts and had a great time doing so. Many thanks to the staff of WAMU for organizing it, and we look forward to the next one!
A big shoutout to MOO for making and shipping Jen’s business cards in record time for this event. They look awesome!
For more information on WAMU Young Informed Professionals, and to join (it’s free!) click here.