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Previously Associate Director of the Berkman Center in 2001-2002, Jake Shapiro is founding CEO of Public Radio Exchange (PRX Inc.) an award-winning nonprofit whose mission is to harness technology to bring significant stories to millions of people.

Since its launch in 2003 PRX has been a leader and innovator in public media, pioneering new distribution models, developing mobile applications, and investing in significant stories and programs from new voices. PRX programs include The Moth Radio Hour, This American Life, Snap Judgment, 99% Invisible and the Radiotopia podcast network. PRX is the recipient of Peabody and Webby Awards, as well as the Knight News Challenge, and the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

In 2012 Jake lead PRX's founding of Matter Ventures – a for-profit startup accelerator for mission-driven media entrepreneurs.  In 2010 Jake was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship, supporting his social entrepreneurship work in new media, and he remains on the Berkman Klein Center's Fellows Advisory Board. Jake is a frequent speaker at media and technology events and is an advisor and consultant to a variety of public media organizations, media funders, and Internet startups. He is also an independent musician and has recorded and performed on guitar and cello with numerous groups, most frequently with original rock band Two Ton Shoe. Jake lives near Boston with his wife and their three children.

Projects & Tools

Public Radio Exchange

The Public Radio Exchange is an online marketplace for distribution, review, and licensing of public radio programming. More

Internet Radio Initiatives

We are engaged in three initiatives to explore new possibilities in Internet radio: Whole Wide World, the Berkman Radio Project, and the Public Radio Exchange. More

Media Re:public

Media Re:public is a research project that examines the current and potential impact of participatory news media. More


Dec 18, 2008

Media Re:public: News and Information as Digital Media Come of Age

Overview paper, issues, case studies

A series of papers exploring the potential and the challenges of the emerging networked digital media environment. More


Mar 16, 2011

Harnessing technology for social good

[updated April 11]

Last month the Ford Foundation hosted the Wired for Change conference, and a pack of Berkman Center folks, friends, and family were in New York for the event. Ford has posted full… More

Apr 10, 2008

Congratulations, Public Radio Exchange!

PRX wins MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

With great pleasure, the Berkman Center congratulates the Public Radio Exchange for winning the MacArthur Foundation’s 2008 Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, along… More


Nov 3, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

From Broadcast to Broadband: Redesigning public media for the 21st Century

Ellen Goodman of Rutgers University School of Law & Jake Shapiro, Executive Director, Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

Ellen and Jake Shapiro lead a discussion on how within the broader story of media transformation generally, there’s an important role played by public broadcasting as it also… More

Event Series

Beyond Broadcast 2007: From Participatory Culture to Participatory Democracy

For 50 years broadcast media have played a powerful role in shaping political culture and mediating citizen engagement in the democratic process. Now a participatory culture is… More

May 17, 2005 @ 12:30 PM

On Public Media

Jake Shapiro, Berkman Fellow

Berkman Luncheon Series: 5/17/05 - Jake Shapiro, et al, on Public Media. Jake Shapiro and colleagues from the Public Radio Exchange will discuss public media at today's Berkman… More

Nov 23, 2004 @ 12:30 PM

The Public Radio Exchange

Jake Shapiro, Berkman Fellow

Berkman Luncheon Series: 11/23/04 - Jake Shapiro of the Public Radio Exchange More

Apr 29, 2003 @ 12:30 PM

The Public Radio Exchange (2003)

Jake Shapiro, Berkman Fellow

Berkman Luncheon Series: 4/29/03 - Jake Shapiro on the Public Radio Exchange More